A story I've been following here in Philadelphia concerns African contemporary art, artistic freedom and first amendment (maybe even second amendment) rights.
I just returned from a twelve day visit to Haiti. I was there with about two dozen other Haitian art collectors, gallery owners and museum curators for the 2014 conference of the Haitian Art Society.
In March, 2012 we received this sad news from Susan Tselos about a Haitian artist who we have had the privilege of knowing and exhibiting for many years:
By Victoria Donohoe FOR THE INQUIRER
Published: January 6, 2012
December 30, 2011
You can find and admire work by an internationally known and feted artist, Twins Seven-Seven, who died this past year, right inside the Crane, at Indigo Arts.
Prince Twins Seven-Seven suffered a stroke and was hospitalized in April 2011. He passed away on June 16th, 2011. Twins Seven-Seven was one of the greatest, and certainly the most celebrated, African artist of his generation.
October 15, 1953 - July 9, 2010
Wilson Bigaud, one of the last giants of the first generation of Haitian painters, died in Petit-Goâve, Haiti, on March 22.
An Update on our Fund-Raising
The news coming in of the earthquake in Haiti has been almost incomprehensibly dreadful. We are responding to this disaster in several ways.
We have learned that Huichol artist José Benitez Sanchez passed away on July 2nd, 2009.