This piece by Wifredo Lam jumped out at me when I was browsing through the Mexican/Latino galleries linked to the Non-Western Assignment page. I especially like the colors (red, black, yellow, white) of this lithograph. They are very vivid and energetic, show anger and intensity and remind me at two things. One is the cover art of one of my favorite music albums New Model Army’s Love for hopeless causes. Whenever I see this cover picture, I get a warm fuzzy feeling.
Wilfred Lams painting also reminds me at revolution propaganda posters. I am not making any political statement at this point, but revolution means for me hope and the belief in new and good. Revolution means for me also being able to try to fulfill ones dreams and I think we all need more little personal Revolutions in our lives.
Other than that I am not sure what the lithograph shows, but the sweeping arrow-like part of the piece reminds me of a falcon or other bird of prey whizzing through the air.
Wifredo Óscar de la Concepción Lam y Castilla (his whole name) was born in Cuba, but moved to Paris as soon as he became an adult. He befriended Pablo Picasso, and joined the group of Surrealist artists of the time. During World War II he moved back to Cuba, and then eventually returned to Paris after the war was over. He was unique in that he was heavily influenced by both Latin American, African, and European Art. He had over 100 personal exhibitions, and was a world-renowned artist. He died in Paris in 1982.