On January 1, 1959 Cuba, the island nation a mere 90 miles
off the Florida coast, launched an armed revolt that lead to the
overthrow of U. S. backed Fulgencio Batista. Fidel Castro, the
architect of The Cuban Revolution, implemented Marxist social
and economic policies. The United States retaliated by imposing
an embargo on Cuba. As a result, we have had limited contact and
very limited knowledge of life in Cuba. The success of the "Buena
Vista Social Club" CD is testament to the continuing interest
in Cuban culture in spite of the restrictions on travel and contact.
Cuba has always had a rich visual culture as well as a musical
one. Posters from the early part of the 20th century advertised
tourism as well as cultural events. After the revolution, posters
became an important means of establishing and promulgating the
new political ideology. We have acquired a small quantity of genuine
Cuban posters spanning 40 years. Most promote cultural events
although several do have a political theme. Several have the imprimateur
of the Organization of Solidarity with the People from Africa,
Asia and Latin America abbreviated as OSPAAAL. This Cuban political
movement founded in 1966 had as its stated purpose to fight globalization,
imperialism, neoliberalism and defend human rights. The posters
were not intended to be displayed in Cuba, but were instead folded
up and stapled into copies of Tricontinental, so that they could
be distributed internationally.
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003Cuba01 | 003Cuba02 | 003Cuba03 | 003Cuba04
No to Militarism and Hunger (OSPAAAL) (No date) 17.75"
w. x 27.75" h. Paper loss on upper and lower left corners.
Signs of water damp. (Stock number 003Cuba01) $40.00
Por Las Malvinas (The Falklands) Lyrics to a poem - Martin
Fierro's advice to his sons. (c. 1980's) Designed by Morante.
(OSPAAAL) 20" w. x 28" h. Corner nibbles and folds,
edge tears and roughness. Stains. (Stock number 003Cuba02) $40.00
Stop Yankee Attacks on Nicaragua (OSPAAAL) (c. 1980's) Designed
by Alberto Blanco. 19" w. x 27" h. Slight corner weakness.
(Stock number 003Cuba03) $45.00
003Cuba05 | 003Cuba06 | 003Cuba07
Julieta de los Espiritus (Juliet of the Spirits) (Movie) Italian-French
co-production in color. Director: Federico Fellini. With Giulletta
Masina, Sandra Milo, Mario Pisu. (1967) (Silkscreen) 20"
w. x 29.75" h. Edge roughness, some foxing. (Stock number
Waterloo Italian-Soviet co-production in color and cinemascope.
(Movie) Director: Serguei Bondarchuk. With: Rod Steiger - Christopher
Plummer. (1973) Designed by Dimas. (Silkscreen) 20" w. x
29.75" h. Corner nibble, edge roughness, small hole. Image
not damaged. (Stock number 003Cuba06) $40.00
Espiral - Cuban Documentary Sobre Alicia Alonso. Director:
Miriam Talavera. (Movie) (No date) (Silkscreen) 20" w. x
29.5" h. Edge roughness, some foxing, folds and creases.
(Stock number 003Cuba07) $45.00
003Cuba08 | 003Cuba09
Elpidio Valdes Contra La Policia de Nueva York (Elpidio Valdes
vs. New York Police) Color Cuban animation. Director: Juan Padron.
Designed by Juan Padron. (No date) (Silkscreen) 20" w. x
29.75" h. Weak corners, edge roughness, small folds and stains.
(Stock number 003Cuba08) $50.00
18th International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema.
(Signed in plate) (1996) 18.75" w. x 24.75" h. Lower
left and right corners creased. (Stock number 003Cuba09) $40.00
Giron - 30th Anniversary - Socialism or Death (OSPAAAL) (1991)
The failed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 landed at a beach called
La Playa Giron. That is the geographic reference used by official
Cuba to designate the incident. We assume this poster commemorates
that event. Designed, signed and dated in pencil lower right by
Eladio Rivadulla, 1991. 20" w. x 27.5" h. Slight edge
roughness. Small tear archivally repaired. (Stock number 003Cuba04)
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