"Poet in New York"
Cafe BESARA, Rhodes
8-22 July 2000
text also available in Greek
The text that
written by the artist, as a prologue
to the exhibition’s catalogue.
In June of 1929 Lorca landed in America and stayed in New York
until March of 1930 for English studies at Columbia University. The poems of that period
were firstly presented in 1932 during a series of lectures that Lorca gave in various
cities of Spain and South America. Those poems were published under the general title
”Poet in New York”, four years after the poet’s sudden death, that is, in 1940. A
completed publication in Greek came about in 1993. (Smili Publications).
Lorca, in a state of love distress caused by the young sculptor Emilio
Alarden and under the accusation of being a “traditional - not modern poet” from his
friends Salvador Dali and Bunuel (due to the well-known since those times “Romancero
Gitano"), expresses his emotional pain by using an unbound verse, a free way of
writing. At these poems, Lorca blames the alienated cities, the madness of stock markets,
the Protestants’ ethics, the Pope and fascism.
Lorca is “singing” the social injustice against black people and reaches to a definite
anti-americanism. However, the “path” that leads him to a political denunciation is
-again- the love suffering that is always present; the love pain as an introduction to
List of presented artworks
1. EL REY DE HARLEM
5. NUEVA YORK
4. AMANTES ASESINADOS
6. ASESINADO POR EL CIELO
7. LEJOS DE LA ESCULTORICA
8. MERIENDAN MUERTE LOS BORRACHOS
DE LA MUERTE
All paintings: 30x40cm, 2000, oil-pastel on paper. The page numbers refer to the
book "Poet in New York", F.G.Lorca, Smili Publications, Athens