Matthew Parker

Artists of the Archipelago

Caribbean: Art at the Crossroads of the World


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It’s been described as the summer blockbuster of the New York art scene. ‘Caribbean: Crossroads of the World’ is showing more than 500 works by 379 different artists, spread across three prestigious galleries – the Museo del Barrio, Queens Museum of Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Some of the artists are familiar – Paul Gauguin, Camille Pissarro, Edna Manley, Wifredo Lam, Jesús Rafael Soto – but very many are not. The project, ten years in the making, has been widely admired for its size, cultural scope and the freshness of its material. There is a feeling it was long overdue. 

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