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Blanc, Giulio V., 1955-1995  Search this
Larraz, Julio  Search this
Gomez-Pena, Guillermo  Search this
Vázquez Lucio, Oscar E. (Oscar Edgardo),  Search this
Riverón, Enrique  Search this
García, Hernán  Search this
Sí, Juan  Search this
Rodríguez, Arturo  Search this
Gómez Sicre, José  Search this
Vater, Regina  Search this
Libin, Victoria  Search this
Carreño, Mario  Search this
Lam, Wifredo  Search this
Gattorno, Antonio  Search this
Gaztelu, A. (Angel)  Search this
Demi  Search this
Sánchez, Juan  Search this
Brito, María Cristina  Search this
Martínez-Cañas, María  Search this
Cano, Pablo  Search this
Cano, Margarita  Search this
Carulla, Ramón  Search this
Macia, Carlos A.  Search this
Trasobares, César  Search this
Cabrera, Lydia  Search this
Goldman, Shifra M.  Search this
PelÔaez, Amelia  Search this
Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture (Miami, Fla.)  Search this
Sound recordings
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
11.0 linear ft. (on 11 microfilm reels)
Organized in seven series: I. Blanc Biographical (reel 5476) II. Letters (reel 5476) III. Artists' Files (reels 5476-5484) IV. Exhibition Files (reel 5484) V. Subject Files (reels 5484-5487) VI. Sound recordings (untranscribed) [reels 5487] VII. Photographs (reel 5487); Artists' files are arranged alphabetically.
Papers compiled by Blanc concerning Cuban, Cuban-American, and Latin American art and artists dating from 1920 to 1995.<br /> The bulk (8 ft.), of the collection consists of artists' files, 1920-1995, documenting nearly 300 artists with biographical material, letters, newspaper clippings, interviews, photographs, and exhibition announcements and catalogs. Among the artists represented are Maria Brito, Maria Martínez-Cañas, Pablo Cano, Margarita Cano, Marío Carreño, Ramon Carulla, Hernán Garcia, Antonio Gattorno, Wifredo Lam (file contains an interview with Cuban ethnographer Lydia Cabrera speaking on artist Wifredo Lam), Julio Larraz, Carlos Macía, Amelia Peláez (file contains an interview with one of the Peláez sisters, exhibition catalogs dating from the 1930s, and clippings from the 1920s), Enrique Riverón (includes illustrated letters and cards from Riveron to Blanc and his parents, and an interview conducted by Blanc), Demi and Arturo Rodríguez, Juan Sí, José Gómez Sícre, and César Trasobares.<br /> Subject files (1 ft.), 1933-1995, relate to Cuban art, culture, and society, the Cuban Revolution, book projects, Havana and Sao Paulo biennials, and the Cuban Museum of Art and Culture in Miami concerning the controversy surrounding the inclusion of non-exiled Cuban artists in a 1988 art auction at the Museum.<br /> Exhibition files (0.5 ft.), 1977-1995, relate mostly to exhibitions curated by Blanc, and contain letters from artists, museum directors and staff, and colleagues; drafts and finished essays for catalogs; exhibition catalogs and reviews from newspapers.<br /> Photographs, 1981-1993, include b&w portraits of artists, photographs of Blanc with "Miami Generation" artists María Brito, Pablo Cano, María Martínez-Cañas, Carlos Macía, Arturo Rodríguez, and César Trasobares; and photographs of other artists.<br /> Sound recordings consist of two cassette tapes: a 1992 College Art Association session "Artistic Voices of Latin America: The Aesthetics of Anti-Colonialism" in which Blanc was a panelist, along with Shifra Goldman, Juan Sánchez, Regina Vater, Guillermo Gómez-Pena, Oscar Vázquez, Victoria Libin, and others; and an interview conducted by Blanc with poet and priest Monseñor Angel Gaztelu Gorriti, a friend of many Cuban artists who presided over Amelia Peláez's funeral service in 1968.
Giulio V. Blanc papers, 1920-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
This collection is available on 35 mm microfilm reels 5476-5487 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm. A duplicate set was also donated to the CUNY Graduate Center Library, 365 5th Ave., New York, NY, at the request of Margherita Blanc.
Biography Note:
Art historian; Miami, Fla.; b. 1955; d. 1995. Specialized in Cuban and Latin American art. Blanc was born in Havana and came to the United States in 1960. He was educated at Harvard College, the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University, and the City University of New York. Blanc was a prolific writer of articles and catalog essays, a leading authority on Cuban art, and a significant link between Cuban and Cuban-American artists and American galleries and museums. He organized significant exhibitions including "The Miami Generation" (1983) and "Amelia Pelaez: A Retrospective" (1988) for the Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture in Miami, and co-curated "Wifredo Lam and His Contemporaries" (1991) at the Studio Museum in Harlem in New York. He also served on the editorial board for the magazine "ArtNexus".
Language Note:
Portions of the papers are in Spanish.
Donated 1998 by Margherita Blanc, sister of Giulio V. Blanc.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Cuban American art  Search this
Hispanic American art  Search this
Cuban American artists  Search this
Art, Latin American  Search this
Record number:
Latino and Latin American
The Art Market
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art