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Wifredo Lam

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'This is a powerful encounter with a painter whose odyssey from Cuba to avant-garde Europe and back again gave birth to art that is simultaneously sophisticated and raw' - The Guardian

Wifredo Lam exhibition at the Tate

Wifredo Lam (1902-82) is one of the most important figures in global modernism. Born in Cuba, he travelled extensively in Europe in the 1930s where he was inspired by many of the 20th century's greatest artists including Picasso. 

This companion book to an exhibition at Centre Pompidou, Reina Sofia, Madrid and Tate Modern includes contributions exploring Lam's prolific six-decade career, from his encounter with cubism and surrealism in Paris to the post-war circles he worked within in Havana. An anthology of key writings on Lam and a fully illustrated biography enrich this survey of his life and work.

Richly illustrated with over 300 works, including paintings, drawings and photographers, this beautiful exhibition catalogue is recommended for newcomers to Lam, as well as those already familiar with his work.

  • Authors: Catherine David, Co-Director of the Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Date published: September 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1849763721
  • Product Dimensions: 28.0 x 23.5 cm

'an intoxicating hell-broth of a show for this Cuban cubist' - The Telegraph

'This is a powerful encounter with a painter whose odyssey from Cuba to avant-garde Europe and back again gave birth to art that is simultaneously sophisticated and raw' - The Guardian

'one of the most fascinating figures in the history of modern painting' - The Telegraph

'Grotesque gods prowl in the dark, horse-headed women shake their breasts and buttocks, daggers are brandished, leering heads served up in silver bowls. The paintings of Cuban surrealist Wifredo Lam bristle with an ancient and shadowy magic' - The Upcoming