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Havana Corona

Robert Colescott

Contemporary Art

On View: American Identities: A New Look, Modern Life, 5th Floor

In the late sixties I was thinking about the triumph of the Cuban people over imperialism and U.S. dominance—the effort is here "crowned" (Corona). But Corona is also a famous cigar from Havana that is desired (and now missed) by affluent Yankees—so struggle, victory, and contradictions are part of the idea. I was working my way out of a more lyrical and abstract view of figuration at the time toward a more socially-politically oriented idiom, hoping to find a way to maintain a formally strong image. . . . This painting is in transition. . . . The form is evolving toward artistic and social relevancy. The painting has particular interest to me since it straddles these objectives and balances precariously, one foot in each world.
-Robert Colescott (1992)

MEDIUM Acrylic on canvas
DATES 1970
DIMENSIONS 78 1/2 x 59 in. (199.4 x 149.9 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE unsigned
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Modern Life, 5th Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 1991.270
CREDIT LINE Gift of Brooke and Carolyn Alexander
RIGHTS STATEMENT © artist or artist's estate
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CAPTION Robert Colescott (American, 1925-2009). Havana Corona, 1970. Acrylic on canvas, 78 1/2 x 59 in. (199.4 x 149.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Brooke and Carolyn Alexander, 1991.270. © artist or artist's estate
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