Installing Martorell’s “Las Antillas Letradas”

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Antonio Martorell’s series “Las Antillas Letradas” is a new acquisition to be displayed at an upcoming exhibition at the Firestone Library’s Rare and Special Collections department at Princeton University.

“Las Antillas Letradas” includes portraits of Aimé Césaire, Julia de Burgos, Alejo Carpentier, Juan Pablo Duarte, Leonardo Padura Fuentes, Frantz Fanon, José Luis González, Eugenio María de Hostos, Pedro Mir, Juan Antonio Corretjer, Jamaica Kincaid, José Lezama Lima, José Martí, V.S. Naipaul, Arcadio Díaz Quinoñes, Rosario Ferré, Luis Palés Matos, René Marqués, Magali García Ramis, Luis Rafael Sánchez, Marie Vieux Chauvet, Pedro Henríquez Ureña, Ana Lydia Vega, Kamau Brathwaite, Derek Walcott, Mayra Montero, and Juan López Bauzá.

One piece in the upcoming Firestone Library exhibition, Welcome Additions, is this map of the Caribbean, divided into 27 letters of the alphabet, which feature 27 portraits of leading literary figures with selected texts in their original languages of Spanish, English and French. Printing began in 2014, on Okawara paper in a Hewlett-Packard printer at El Taller de la Playa, Ponce, Puerto Rico, with the help of Milton Ramirez. The edition consists of 100 copies signed and numbered by Antonio Martorell.

Princeton is proud to hold copy 1 of 100, purchased together with PLAS, the Program of Latin American Studies.

For a look at the complex installation, see https://graphicarts.princeton.edu/2019/02/27/installing-las-antillas-letradas/

[Above: Antonio Martorell, Las Antillas Letradas, 2014. Multi-media prints in portfolio. Available Online Digital. Graphic Arts Collection Oversize 2014-0031E.]

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