Habana Libre - Art Edition

Michael Dweck: Habana Libre
Interviews by William Westbrook

Art Edition limited to 100 numbered copies – clothbound book (290 pages) packaged in lucite slipcase, each signed by Michael Dweck, includes the gelatin silver print “Tropicana 4” (Habana, Cuba 2011), 20.3 x 25.4 cm / 8 x 10 in. (paper size)

The limited edition printing – hailed as “a sunbaked who’s who of Cuba’s cultural elite…” by The New York Times is Dweck’s personal exploration of Havana’s hidden creative class.

Habana Libre is a stunning contemporary exploration of the privileged class in a classless society: a secret life within Cuba. Michael Dweck’s photographs are exhilarating, sensual and provocative, with a sexy and hypnotic visual rhythm. This is a face of Cuba never before photographed, never reported in Western media and never acknowledged openly within Cuba itself. It is a socially connected world of glamorous models and keenly observant artists, filmmakers, musicians and writers captured in an elaborate dance of survival and success. Here too are surprising interviews with sons of Castro and Guevara as well as many others who define the creative culture of Cuba and give it texture and substance. Habana Libre  is not a media-fabricated Cuban postcard of crumbling mansions or old American cars, but a revealing and contemporary work by an artist adept at capturing the quiet gesture, the sensuous eye and the proud and provocative pose of that most romantic of contradictions: Cuba.

“Habana Libre is a story suggested, never told. Its subtext is an allegory of seduction, a ‘forbidden island’ that embodies a provocative mix of danger, tension, authority and mystery; teeming with an intoxicating air of sensuality and a rhythmic, almost hypnotic undercurrent.” – Michael Dweck

Collectors of fine art photography will relish this rare opportunity to own a signed, numbered, limited edition volume – as well as the gelatin silver print of one of his photographs.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Michael Dweck: Habana Libre will go towards supporting the Cuban art community through the American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba.

More Details 

Art Edition No. 1–100

Michael Dweck: Habana Libre 
Clothbound volume in lucite slipcase: 24.7 x 31.8 cm (9.75 x 12.5 in.) 290 pages, 214 duotone plates, 21 color plates, 9.75” x 12.5”, 3 gatefolds
Release date: October 1, 2011
Interviews by William Westbrook
ISBN 978-88-6208-184-9
Printed and bound in Italy
Limited to 100 copies
Each book numbered and signed by Michael Dweck
Includes a gelatin silver print "Tropicana 4", Habana, Cuba 2011, signed and numbered by Michael Dweck

The duotone illustrations are made with a special treatment for black and white images that produces exquisite tonal range and density. All color illustrations are color-separated and reproduced in the finest technique available today, which provides unequalled intensity and color range.

Purchase $1,200

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