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Kafou: Haiti, Art and Vodou. Catalogue
Publisher: Nottingham Contemporary

hardcover - 248 pages
Price   $49.00

A major exhibition of Haitian art, the UK’s first in many years was presented by Nottingham Contemporary from October 2012 thru January 2013. Nearly 200 paintings, sculptures and sequin flags by 35 artists from the 1940s to the present day trace the representation of Vodou, reflecting Haiti’s historical experience through the supernatural.

Haiti is especially known for the art of its urban and rural poor. The label “naive” has often been applied to it, but doesn’t do it justice. The imaginative power and visual intricacy of these artworks reflect the richness of Haitian history and culture.

Haitian art is often at its most extraordinary when inspired by Vodou – a spiritual belief system followed by an estimated 90% of Haitians. Vodou’s host of spirits who interact with everyday life inform much of Haiti’s culture. The exhibition’s title, Kafou, means “crossroads” in the Haitian Creole language. Crossroads have great significance for Vodou, since they are the place where the world of the living and the world of the spirits meet. Kafou is himself one of the lwas, as the Vodou spirits are called.

Many of Haiti’s most celebrated artists over successive generations are well represented in the exhibition. They include:

Hector Hyppolite, Philomé Obin, Rigaud Benoit, Préfète Duffaut, Jacques-Enguerrand Gourgue, André Pierre, Georges Liautaud, Célestin Faustin, Prosper Pierre-Louis, Antoine Oleyant, Frantz Zéphirin, Atis Rezistans and Edouard Duval-Carrié, all of whom developed distinct visual languages to represent the gods, rituals and atmosphere of Vodou.

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Masterpieces of Haitian Art
Candice Russell

Schiffer Publishing

From painting and sculpture to papier-mache and gorgeously embellished Vodou flags, Russell's book is a celebration of the best examples in each medium produced in Haiti in the last seven decades. The misunderstood religion of Vodou informs much of the art. Learn about the diverse history of Haitian artistic schools, including the depiction of ordinary life in the Cap-Haitien style, and the mysterious and haunting images that make Saint Soleil so appealing. This mixture of work by masters like Hector Hyppolite and younger, emerging artists demonstrates the importance of the bond between past, present, and future generations. Irreplaceable artworks, as well as hundreds of thousands of lives, were destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. In this historically important book, see how this resilient nation is rebuilding itself while thoughtfully preserving its heritage and culture through art.

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Haitian Artists in America
Patrice Piard

Price   $84.00

This is a collaborative effort by four artists to showcase the works of 30 to 40 Haitian artists living in America.

Unlike other art books that are written as academic studies or as show catalogs, this book is written by the artists. They selected the paintings and wrote their own histories. The paintings are truly wonderful. They encompass many different styles and exemplify the range of talent that is is called Haitian art. But the really special parts of the book are the comments by the artists that accompany their work. The warmth and poetry that they display with their brush is matched by the poetry of their words. This book is a real tribute to the contribution of the Haitian people to the world of art.

"Our Artists are extremely important to our culture both in Haiti and in America. The artists living in Haiti paint what they see, and wish for. The artists living in America paint what they remember in addition to what they long for. They paint from their heart and soul to show us the beauty, form and color of a very distinctive art form that makes us feel intense and real emotions."

Denis R. Dambreville
Architect, Art Curator

Out of print, only several copies remain

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Peintres Haitiens
Gerald Alexis


Price   $125.00

This book, by internationally renown author Gérald Alexis is an essential addition to Haitian art literature. Alexis, a specialist in Caribbean and Latino-American Art, with an emphasis on Haitian art, considers four major categories that reflect a diversity of expressions: Portrait and Historical Paintings, Nature and Daily Life, Voodoo - its’ Rhythm and Structure, and Figuration-Abstraction. He explores the links between Haitian paintings, history, artistic, and cultural traditions, including the remarkable development in the years that followed the creation of the Centre d'Art in 1944. Included in this work are artist biographies and photos and an extensive bibliography. Containing 304 Pages with more than 300 full color reproductions, it is the ultimate reference book on Haitian art.

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Hector Hyppolite
Musee d'Art Haitien du College St Pierre


Price   $54.99

Published in 2011 by the Musée du Louvre, this is the only book dedicated to the life and work of one of the largest Haitian painters.

Limited edition - An exceptional gift for all art lovers. The book contains an introduction by French writer JMG Le Clézio, Nobel Prize for Literature in 2008 and texts by:

  • Dr. Michel-Philippe Lerebours, art historian, Vice-Chairman of the Museum of Haitian Art
  • Carlo Célius, art historian, anthropologist
  • Gérald Alexis, art historian
  • Leslie Manigat, a historian political scientist
  • LeGrace Benson, art historian
  • Rudolph Boulos, vice-chairman of the Museum of Haitian Art, art collector, Senator

More than 25 photographs of the works of Hector Hyppolite and a dozen of his VEVES

To date, the sale of this book has raised $ 5,500.00 to restore the Haitian Art Museum collection of St. Peter College, damaged by the earthquake of January 2010.

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