Revolucion!: Cuban Poster Art

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Chronicle Books, 2003 - Design - 131 pages
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The poster was the popular art form in Cuba following the Cuban Revolution, when the government sponsored some 10,000 public posters on a fascinating range of cultural, social, and political themes. Revolucin!, produced with unprecedented access to Cuban national archives, assembles nearly 150 of these powerful but little—seen works of popular art. From the 1960s through the 1980s, the posters rallied the Cuban people to the huge task of building a new society, promoting massive sugar harvests and national literacy campaigns; opposing the U.S. war in Vietnam; celebrating films, music, dance, and baseball with a unique graphic wit and exuberant colorful style. With an introduction illuminating the rich social and artistic history of the posters, and rare biographical information on the artists themselves, this striking volume offers a window into the story of Cuba—and a truly revolutionary chapter in graphic design.
 

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As a Cuban immigrant, Cushing brings a personal commitment to Cuban poster art, which he has spent the last 20 years cataloging, preserving, and bringing to public attention. The author, who was ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
7
NATIONAL PRIDE
22
PRODUCTION AND RESOURCES
36
SPORTS AND HEALTH
48
SOLIDARITY AND REVOLUTION
60
EDUCATION AND CULTURE
100
Notes
114
The Artists
117
Bibliography
123
Index of Posters by Title
126
Acknowledgments
130
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About the author (2003)

Lincoln Cushing was born in Cuba to American parents before emigrating to the U.S. As a graphic designer and archivist, he has worked with the Cuban national library, the University of California at Berkeley, and other collections to preserve and catalog these amazing posters. He lives in Berkeley.

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