Taking Back His Own Gods

EXHIBIT: WIFREDO LAM AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES, 1938-1952

WHERE: THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM, NEW YORK CITY

WHAT: 121 PAINTINGS, BOOKS AND OTHER OBJECTS

THE BOTTOM LINE: The Cuban artist built a bridge between the Caribbean and the avant-gardes of Paris and New York.

If you are intrigued by artists who, instead of ensconcing themselves securely in one frame of cultural reference, work at the interface of several, then you can't help feeling curious about Wifredo Lam. Lam died 11 years ago, after a lifetime spent moving between Paris, New York City and his native Cuba. But his work has rarely been...

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