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jock mcdonald havana:the longview


Jock mcdonald havana:the longview May 3-June 14, 2013 Gallery 16 is pleased to present a new body of photographic work by Jock McDonald Havana: The Longview explores the contradictions and symbols of Cuban life. McDonald’s interest in Cuba has spanned two decades. During this time he has photographed the island and it’s people in depth. In this exhibition, we display an anthology of his Cuban work. The Longview will include large format prints of his iconic portraiture, black and white photographs, new abstract color prints hand woven by the artist and the first viewing of his epic project El Malecon. Jock set out to capture all 8 kilometers of Havana’s El Malecon, the famous sea-clinging boulevard, site of the Gran Prix and iconic speeches of Castro and Che Guevara. McDonalds images reference the iconography of Cuban existence and the ever present Sea which is both life sustaining and a dramatic symbol of Cuban isolation. Jocks photographs are in the collections of The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, The di Rosa Art and Preserve and have been exhibited in galleries and Museums worldwide.


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El Malecon the longview El Malecon is 144 continuous photographs of the entire 8 Kilometers of Havana’s famous roadway. McDonald photographed the complete boulevard facing both the city and seaside. It was captured over a three year period and contains 288 photographic frames in total. With homage to Ed Ruscha’s famed 1966 book, Every Building on the Sunset Strip, McDonald presents El Malecon, a epic unfolding accordian book over 100 feet in length which records every facade of the famous boulevard in Havana. El Malecon, Spanish for breakwater, took 50 years to build, beginning in 1901 under military rule by the United States and was completed in 1952. The book documents the decay and renewal of this dynamic stretch of road on Cubas north shoreline. It stands as the only document of it’s kind and photographically preserves this historic place for all time.


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Jock McDonald Havana: The Longview Exhibition List: 1. Hotel Riviera, 60x60, Pigment print, ed. 10. $9000 2. El Malecon; The Longview, 144 Pigment prints 96 feet in total, ed. 3. $18,000 3. Plaza, Woven Pigment print. Unique. 40x40, $12,500 4. Apartment, Woven Pigment print. Unique. 40x40, $12,500 5. Che (Day), Woven Pigment print. Unique. 40x40 $12,500 6. Che (Night), Woven Pigment print. Unique. 40x40 $12,500 7. Tidepool, Woven Pigment print. Unique. 40x40, $12,500 8. Fotsa, Woven Pigment print. Unique. 40x40 $12,500 9. Afternoon, Woven Pigment print. Unique. 60x60 $14,000 10. Tobacco, Woven Pigment print. Unique. 40x40 $12,500 11. Innocente, Woven Pigment print. Unique. 40x40 $12,500 12. Bailarina, 40x40, Pigment print, ed. 10. $6500 13. Havana (white), 40x40, Pigment print, ed. 10. $6500 14. Sea, 40x40, Pigment print, ed. 10. $6500 15. Morning, 60x60, Pigment print, ed. 10. $9,000 16. Afternoon, 60x60, Pigment print, ed. 10. $9,000 17. Evening, 60x60, Pigment print, ed. 10. $9,000 18. Malecon, Havana. 60x60, Pigment print, ed. 10. $9,000 19. Wave, Havana. 60x60, Pigment print, ed. 10. $9,000 20. Malecon (sea wall), 40x40, Pigment print, ed. 10. $6500 21. Reef, 40x40, Pigment print, ed. 10. $6500 22. Mother/Daughter, 40x40 each, Pigment print, ed. 3. $11,000 23. Gran Teatro de la Havana (south), 40x40, Pigment print, ed. 3. $11,000 24. Gran Teatro de la Havana (interior), 34x46, Pigment print, ed. 3. $11,000 25. Gran Teatro de la Havana (east), 34x46, Pigment print, ed. 3. $11,000

Jock McDonald’s work is available through Gallery 16. Gallery 16 is located at 501 Third St, San Francisco, CA 94107. www.gallery16.com. Inquiries may contact Griff Williams at 415 626 7495. All images Š Jock McDonald.

Jock McDonald: Havana, The Longview  

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