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Belkis Ayón

Ines Anselmi, Jaime Sarusky


89 Páginas | [NAME] Publications, 2024 | Tapa dura | 9.5 x 6.75 inches | Textos en Español e Inglés | ISBN: 9798988981701

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Published in collaboration with David Castillo, Belkis Ayón is an 89-page bilingual monograph focusing on the voice and work of the late printmaker. The book includes two historical interviews with filmmaker Ines Anselmi and the late journalist Jaime Sarusky, providing insights into Ayón’s methods, style, and her exploration of Abakuá fraternal society in Cuba. Ayón’s words reveal the significance of the society’s origin story, iconography, and practices in shaping her own visual language. Alongside these interviews, the publication features full-page plates showcasing notable works created by the artist between 1989 and 1999. Despite Ayón’s restrained palette of black, brown, and gray, each work in the book unveils a universe of intricate details and textures, conveying profound meanings which she achieved through her unique process of collagraphy. Belkis Ayón is published on the occasion of the first gallery solo exhibition of Ayón’s work since her passing in 1999, organized by David Castillo and the Belkis Ayón Estate. The exhibition will be on view at David Castillo from January 30 – April 25, 2024.

Belkis Ayón Manso (January 23, 1967 – September 11, 1999) pursued her education at the San Alejandro Academy in Havana, Cuba (1986) and earned her Bachelor’s degree in engraving from the Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana (1991). She participated in residencies at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia; the Brodsky Center, Philadelphia College of Art; and Benson Hall Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design. Ayón left a lasting impact on the art world, participating in significant international exhibitions during her lifetime, including the 45th Venice Biennale. Ongoing retrospectives of her work, starting with the Fowler Museum at UCLA in 2016 and most recently at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, underscore her enduring influence. Her work has also been included at the 59th Venice Biennale and the 34th Bienal de São Paulo. Ayón’s work can be found in private and public collections worldwide, including The Museum of Modern Art, NY, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Nkame. Belkis Ayon

Project Management: Dra. Katia Ayón. Belkis Ayón Estate
Editorial Concept: Cristina Vives
Authors: José Veigas, Cristina Vives, David Mateo, Lázara Menéndez
Design: Laura Llópiz

296 Pages | 400 Images | Bilingual Spanish / English Edition
Turner Editores, Madrid, 2010

ISBN: 978-84-7506-916-6

Availability: SOLD OUT


Book made with the Sponsorship of:

Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zürich, Switzerland | The Von Christierson Collection, London, England | Afrikan Museum, Berg en Dal, The Netherlands | Cisneros-Fontanalls Foundation, Miami, USA | Alex and Carole Rosenberg, New York, USA | Brownsote Foundation, Paris, France | Caguayo Foundation, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.

Belkis Ayón (1967-1999) left, after her death, a set of essential works for contemporary printmaking.
The religion and the Abakuá Secret Society (original from the African Calabar, and settled in Cuba since the 19th century) served the artist as a "cite" and a "reference" to construct a universal discourse against marginalization, frustration, fear, censorship, impotence and in favor of the search for freedom.
This society, created by men and for men, stigmatizes and segregates women and, in turn, maintains strict discipline and maintains unassailable ethics and mystery. Belkis penetrated the space of the rite as far as he was allowed and studied all the sources of information at her reach. As a result, she created an overwhelming iconography and interpreted religious myth from her position as a woman, black, and Latina artist in the late 20th century. Nkame, synonymous with praise and salutation in the Abakuá language, pays tribute to a creator who left a message of life with her death.

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Behind the veil of a Myth. Belkis Ayon

Project Management: Dra. Katia Ayón. Belkis Ayón Estate
Editorial Edition and Texts: Cristina Vives
Design: Laura Llópiz

Translation: Gloria Riva, Olimpia Sigarroa

210 Pages | English Edition
Station Museum of Contemporary Art, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-4951-4650-3

Availability: Amazon

"Behind the veil of a myth" considers the most significant moments of the creative process of the Cuban engraver Belkis Ayón (Havana, 1967-1999), followed by a virtual tour of the exhibition "Nkame. A retrospective of the Cuban engraver Belkis Ayón ", exhibited in Cuba for the first time in September 2009, traveling through different museums in the United States since 2016. Based on the study of the work of Belkis Ayón carried out by the curator Cristina Vives, as well as in parts of an interview with the artist, and extensively illustrated with the 48 pieces that make up the exhibition among others, "Behind the veil of a myth" offers a description of the creative life of Belkis and the main motivations that led her to an investigation that totally absorbed her short but intense artistic life: The Secret Society Abakuá. His work evolved from the stage of "representation" of the myth during his student years, to a later artistic moment in which the myth served as a vehicle for a post-modern disguise, which characterized young Cuban artists in the 90's. after the collapse of European socialism. Belkis' monumental engravings were pioneers in Cuba and worldwide and provided the Abakuá legend with an overwhelming iconography, which it did not have previously. "Behind the veil of a myth" is an approach that interconnects the artist with the Cuban and international context and the unequivocal signs of the present and the universality that her work communicates from her deep social and liberating vocation.


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