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Abigail McEwan has been awarded The Dedalus Foundation’s 2013 Senior Fellowship for her book project Revolutionary Horizons: Art and Polemics in 1950s Cuba.

A social and intellectual history of Cuban abstraction, Revolutionary Horizons describes the visual strategies and political purchase of the last vanguardia generation in pre-Revolutionary Havana.  The book considers the emergence of abstract art in Cuba and its promulgation within a radicalized cultural field, circumscribed by the national discourse of cubanía and the Cold War ideological divide.

McEwen specializes in the history of modern and contemporary Latin American art with a particular concentration on Cuba and the Caribbean.  Her research interests include Latin American avant-garde movements and the transnational history of abstraction across the Americas.  She received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.