Afro-Cuban Art Collection Launch

Afro-Cuban Art Collection Launch

Photo by Grady Carter


Past Event

Location Info:

Gite Gallery
2024 Alabama St.
Houston, TX  77004
In the early 20th century, Henri Matisse showed Pablo Picasso an African mask, and Picasso raised an eyebrow. After Picasso’s 1907 visit to an ethnographic museum in Paris, he was hooked, saying au revoir to his Rose Period and launching into his proto-Cubist African Period, during which he painted Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. Now local gallerist Lloyd Gite, on his first art-finding trip to Cuba, has discovered Picasso-esque works by Afro-Cuban artists (those who have mostly West African ancestry). He purchased about 60 pieces from famous and emerging artists, including noted painter and engraver Eduardo Roca (Choco), and brought those works back to launch The Gite Gallery’s new Afro-Cuban art collection. “There are several artists who have incorporated that particular style [Cubism], which I love, but you have to realize that Picasso’s style came from Africa. So it’s only natural that that style of art would sort of linger on,” says Gite. There’s a launch party from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays. 2024 East Alabama. For information, call 713-523-3311 or visit Free.

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