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Distributed for McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College

Wifredo Lam

Imagining New Worlds

Wifredo Lam (1902–82) was born in Cuba to parents of Chinese, African, and Spanish descent—thus giving him ties to four continents, links that would all reveal their influences in his artwork. This volume accompanies an exhibition of Lam’s work at the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College that highlights his heretofore underappreciated Spanish influences, revealing their undeniable presence in several of his greatest works. Featuring paintings from all his major periods, and critical essays that set his work in context, the book offers a surprising new angle on a much-loved artist.

150 pages | 50 color plates, 100 halftones | 9 x 11 | © 2014

Art: Art--General Studies


“Redefining the work of the Cuban-born artist Wilfredo Lam as much more than simply influenced by cubism, this book . . . begins to forge a more complex expression of the artist and his works. . . . Recommended.”


Table of Contents


Nancy Netzer

Wifredo Lam’s Poetic Imagination and the Spanish Baroque

Elizabeth T. Goizueta

The Graphic Work of Wifredo Lam: Drawing into Painting

Lowery Stokes Sims

The Art of Wifredo Lam and the Anthropology of Lucien Lévy-Bruhl and Claude Lévi-Strauss

Claude Cernuschi

Wifredo Lam: The Ascending Spiral

Roberto Cobas Amate

Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans: The Pre-Theistic Art of Wifredo Lam

Roberto S. Goizueta

Works in the Exhibition


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