IPCNY: Coming Attraction

Nestor, Semana de Cine Cubano en Puerto Rico, 1984. Silkscreen on paper. 19 3/4 x 27 7/8 inches. Collection Merrill C. Berman. Photo: Jim Frank.


International Print Center New York announces the presentation of Coming Attraction: Cuban Movie Posters – from the Collection of Merrill C. Berman, on view from April 5 through May 12, 2012, in its gallery at 508 West 26th Street, 5th floor.

Coming Attraction is the eighth in a series of international shows organized by IPCNY throughout its twelve-year history and is its first presentation of Cuban printmaking.  The exhibition features thirty-five screen-printed posters created to publicize Cuban films from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.  Stephen Heller, noted authority on graphic design, writes: “Famous around the world for their brash originality and bright, clear graphic sensibility, Cuban cinema posters of the Revolutionary Era are held in as high esteem as the moodier and more abstract Polish film posters of the same era.”  The works evoke a variety of ideas and practices within and alongside printmaking—film, graphic design, advertising, and political commentary.  An illustrated brochure with curatorial statements and biographical information about the artists will accompany the exhibition.

The prints are on loan from private collector Merrill C. Berman, whose collection includes more than 125 Cuban film posters from the 1960s to 1990s.

The Artists’ List is as follows: Eduardo Muñoz Bachs, Raúl Oliva Baluja, Réne Azcuy Cárdenas, Luis Vega De Castro, Fors, Antonio Pérez (Niko) González, Nestor, Julio Eloy Pérez Mesa, Antonio Fernández Reboiro, and Alfredo Gonzålez Rostgaard.

The exhibition coincides with the Havana Film Festival New York, April 12–20, 2012.

For further information on Coming Attraction: Cuban Movie Posters – from the Collection of Merrill C. Berman or on IPCNY’s Exhibitions Touring Program, please contact Julia@ipcny.org.

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