AYTI: Recycling Dystopian Dreamscapes in Haiti

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TURF is pleased to present “AYTI: Recycling Dystopian Dreamscapes.” For decades Haiti has been mired in poverty, political instability and violence. After successive natural disasters, the country is still recovering from a deadly earthquake that struck in 2010. Shedding a more positive light on Haiti and its diaspora in North America, TURF seeks to dispel any dismal tales of dystopia. Instead, this exhibition explores the underlying role of Vodou in challenging some of the myths surrounding Haiti through film, paintings, installation, Drapo Vodou and mixed-media. These works (1984-2014) tell a more vibrant story, in which Vodou plays a transformative role, turning the remnants of Haiti into dreamscapes.Ultimately, TURF reveals some compelling visual narratives on the role of artistic practice and syncretic belief systems in recycling memory, place and time.

Date & Hour: Saturday, March 8, 2014 until Sunday, March 23, 2014. The gallery is open weekly, Tuesday-Saturday 12:00pm until 7:00pm…

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Hector Hyppolite (1894 – 1948) was a Haitian painter. Born in Saint-Marc, Hyppolite was a third generation Vodou priest, or houngan. He also made shoes and painted houses before taking up fine art painting, which he did untrained. Hyppolite spent five years outside of Haiti from 1915-1920. Although he later claimed those years had been spent in Africa, scholars regard that as more likely an instance of promotional myth-making than factual.

Hyppolite’s talent as an artist was noticed by Philippe Thoby-Marcelin, who brought him to Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince in 1945. There Hyppolite worked in the studio run by Dewitt Peters, a watercolorist and schoolteacher from the United States who had come to Haiti to teach the English language as part of the Good Neighbor Policy. In 1944 Peters opened an art center in the capital that provided free materials. Before arriving at the Centre d’Art Hyppolite had painted upon cardboard using chicken feathers and sold to visiting United States Marines because he owned no brushes. Peters had first noticed Hyppolite’s work in 1943 on the exterior doors of a bar in Mont Ruis, which Hyppolite had painted with flower and bird designs. Flowers could represent attributes of deities in Vodou symbolism, and although the doors had not been explicitly religious Hyppolite recognized interest in Vodou among art buyers and incorporated Vodou themes into his work during his time at Peters’s studio.

André Breton, a leading surrealist, traveled to Haiti in 1945 with Cuban artist Wifredo Lam. Lam purchased two of Hyppolite’s paintings; Breton purchased five paintings and wrote about Hyppolite’s work in Surrealism and Painting. Although Breton included Hyppolite among surrealists, Hyppolite’s work was more realistic and religious than an effort to reproduce dream imagery. Nonetheless, Breton’s regard for Hyppolite’s work brought Hyppolite and Haitian painting to a wider audience. In January 1947 Hyppolite exhibited at a UNESCO exhibition inParis and received an enthusiastic reception. The United States writer Truman Capote praised Hyppolite’s painting “because there’s nothing in it that has been slyly transposed”.

Hyppolite, a prolific painter, typically depicted Vodou scenes and created between 250 and 600 paintings during the last three years of his life.[4][3] He died at about age 54 in Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince.

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Art Contemporain : Cote en Hausse- Art Market Insight – artprice

Art contemporain : cotes en hausse [02/07/2013 03:42]

Les ventes d’art contemporain de prestige à Londres sont terminées. Celles-ci ont respectivement rapporté 70,2 m£ et 75,8 m£ à Christie’s et Sotheby’s (Contemporary Art Evening Auction, 25 et 26 juin 2013, produits de ventes frais inclus).
Bridget RILEYFrancis BACONYves KLEINGerhard RICHTERAndreas GURSKY… Ces incontournables du marché affichent tous une cote en hausse sur la décennie.

Basquiat : +501 %
Parmi les plus belles progressions depuis 2003, le champion toutes catégories est Jean-Michel BASQUIAT avec un indice des prix en hausse de 501 %. Alors que Sotheby’s proposait quatre de ses œuvres le 26 juin, Christie’s elle n’en proposait qu’une seule la veille. C’est toutefois sur cette dernière que reposait le succès de la vacation. La technique mixte sans titre de 1982 proposée par Christie’s pour une estimation tenue secrète, est désormais sur la seconde marche du podium de l’artiste. Les enchères se sont en effet arrêtées à 16,7 m£ (soit 18,7 m£ frais inclus ou 28,88 m$), permettant ainsi à Christie’s d’enregistrer près de 27 % des recettes de cette grande vacation avec ce seul coup de marteau.
Derrière la progression phénoménale des prix de Basquiat, dont certains acteurs du marché attendent un retournement, on compte parmi les plus belles hausses de la décennie celle d’Yves KLEIN (+421 %), de Lucio FONTANA (+214 %), de Tom WESSELMANN (+186%), de Gerhard RICHTER (+157 %) ou encore de Francis BACON(+152 %).

Andreas Gursky : +45 %
La signature la plus médiatisée de ces ventes londoniennes était celle d’Andreas GURSKY chez Sotheby’s, qui mettait à l’encan cinq œuvres issues de la série Stock Exchange provenant d’une collection privée européenne. Jamais un ensemble si cohérent et complet n’avait été soumis aux enchères jusque là. Ces œuvres sont le fruit d’un travail sur les salles de marché initié en 1990. Les cinq fourmilières humaines de la finance, celles des Bourses de Chicago (deux lots), de Tokyo, Hong Kong et du Koweït ont toutes trouvé preneurs, pour des prix au marteau compris entre 520 000 et 1,85 m£. Les cinq épreuves ont généré 5,464 m£ de produit de ventes, soit 7,2 % des recettes de cette grande vacation contemporaine. 

Andreas Gursky étant le photographe le plus coté de notre époque (pas moins de 19 enchères millionnaires en dollars depuis 2006), son marché attire les spéculateurs et les fluctuations de prix peuvent être assez sévères. En effet, son indice de prix accuse tout de même un effondrement de l’ordre de -43 % par rapport aux sommets atteints fin 2008. Malgré les risques, les acheteurs s’emballent : le coup de marteau le plus concluant du 26 juin fut d’ailleurs frappé 1 m£ au-dessus de son estimation haute pour le gigantesque tirage Chicago Board of Trade III, mise en abîme de la financiarisation du monde, dont l’art fait partie (édition 2/6, 201 cm x 285 cm). Avec une adjudication équivalente à 2,8 m$ (soit plus de 3,3 m$ avec frais), il s’agit d’un nouveau record d’enchère pour une œuvre de cette série.
Gursky est un élu du marché qui, malgré les montagnes russes d’une cote soumise aux aléas de la santé financière des acheteurs, a vu sa cote progresser de +45 % sur la décennie (2003-juin 2013).

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More Art Sold Online than in Brick and Mortar Galleries

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According to this BBC article, more art is sold online than in galleries. This is the first I’ve read of this. Over the past few years there has been an ongoing debate, and even a snobbery perhaps against online galleries. It seems the tides have turned!

Read this article, including a quote regarding Saatchi online gallery sales vs physical gallery sales—http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23054641

PLEASE NOTE: Keep trying the links–you may receive an error message, but you will get through to the article if you keep trying.

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The Role of Arab Immigrants in Haiti’s Art Culture

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A recent article published in Saudi Aramco’s World publication details the history and modern-day presence of Arab immigrants to Haiti in the creation and preservation of Haitian fine arts.

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Nader Haitian Art Gallery’s Online Store

Nader Haitian Art Gallery is a reliable and resourceful online art gallery specializing in selling original Haitian paintings and in appraising Haitian art. It is owned and operated by Myriam Nader-Salomon, business owner, Haitian art appraiser, and art collector, who has been dealing with Haitian Art for over 20 years.

“Our goal is to honestly guide you in your selection of fine Haitian art, and making sure to provide you the best expertise you deserve for your Haitian Art appraisals. Nader Haitian Art is committed to offering you competitive pricing without jeopardizing quality and originality of its art works and services.”

Myriam Nader-Salomon is the daughter of the famous Haitian art dealer and art promoter, Georges S. Nader, founder of the internationally renowned Galeries d’Art Nader (Nader’s art Galleries) and Musée d’art Nader (Nader’s Art Museum) in Haiti since 1966. Myriam assisted her father in managing both art galleries downtown and in Desprez, and also worked closely with Mr. Gérald Alexis who was at that time the museologist and art critic for Musée d’art Nader.

In 2003, Myriam Nader-Salomon opened Galerie d Art Nader, LLC in Coral Gables, Florida with her siblings, George G. Nader, Jr. and John G. Nader. Today, she is settled in NY where she runs and operates her virtual gallery store, organizes Haitian art shows and silent auction sales mainly in New York State.

Since 1999, Myriam F. Nader-Salomon has been participating in many cultural activities nationally to promote Haitian art and culture. She is a strong believer in the rich culture of Haiti and has always valued the uniqueness and beauty of Haitian art. Today, she is more than ever dedicated to bringing you the best of the arts of Haiti and much more through her site.

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What’s new at naderhaitianart.com!

Hello Art Patrons
Check Out Our New Additions! Haitian Artists from Overseas & Dominican Artist Dionisio Blanco

Haitian Artist from the USA: Kristo Nicolas
Christian Nicolas grew up in a home where reverence for photography, literature, and the arts was evident. Inspired by French poets, Christian began writing poetry at the age of 14. He moved to the United States at 19 to carry on his academic studies. His fondness for the family’s passion enticed him to switch from his studies and earn a degree in Art Photography instead. He then worked in that field diligently for five years until he met Haitian, master Jean Claude Garoute-also known as Tiga. With a natural flair for illustration and a keen eye for the esthetic, a dormant talent awakened as Christian began to paint with Tiga’s guidance. Producing not only utilizing acrylics, Christian found new possibilities in the appliance of the “Soleil Brule-” technique created, documented and taught by Tiga. KRISTO was born. 

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Haitian Artist from the USA: Fred Thomas
Fred Thomas was born in Fort-Liberté, Haiti, and grew up in Cap-Haitien. He started to draw at an early age, reproducing sketches created by his father. Pretty soon, Fred started to polish these drawings and to create his own, denoting this way his precocious creativity and draftsmanship.

In an interview with Miami Herald, November 11, 1990, Fred admitted that he wanted his artwork to reflect not only his Haitian background, but also his experiences abroad. Subsequently, Fred’s subjects, style and technique vary from abstraction, surrealism, and color field works where collage and heavy impasto-type texture has become his trademark.

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Haitian Artist from the USA:  Carl Craig
“My aspiration is to expose the mystery, humility, intrigue, and exoticism of the Haitian Culture through my art. The ultimate joy is to share my works with an international audience” 

Born in Haiti, moved to New York with his family at the age of 15. He served honorably in the U.S. Air Force (active duty & Reserves) for more than 5 years. He pursued a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and International Business at Florida International University.

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Haitian Artist from Puerto-Rico: Saint Rome Labossiere
Academic Studies:

Bachelor in Visual Arts August 1999 to June 2003 

Interamerican University of Puerto Rico San German, Puerto Rico Cum Laude 

Master in Fine Arts (MFA) August 2003 to 2006 

Interamerican University of Puerto Rico San German, Puerto Rico 

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Dominican Artist from San CristobalDionisio Blanco
Dominican painter born in San Cristobal, on October 9th, 1953. In 1970, he studied at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes (ENBA) then, worked at the Museum of History and Geography of Santo Domingo in 1977. He was professor of drawing at the Art Center Bidó Candido. He also worked at the Museum of Dominican Man.

He was a Cartoonist at the offices of Public Works, working also with the architect EugenioPerez Montas restoration projects in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo. He was Professor of Drawing from 1978 to 1996 in the Art School of the Faculty of Humanities and the Facultyof Architecture at the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo (UASD).

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