Rudi Stern Collection

Indigo Arts is fortunate to represent a portion of the collection of the late multi-media artist and filmmaker Rudi Stern.  The works shown here were collected during the six years that Stern lived in Haiti in the 1980s and 1990s.  During that time Stern made 14 documentary films, including Haiti: Killing the Dream in 1992.  

Rudi Stern (Rudolph George Stern  1936-2006)

Per wikipedia:  

Stern was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He graduated from Bard College in 1958 with a bachelor's degree in studio arts and from University of Iowa in 1960 with a master's degree.[1][2] He also studied painting with Oskar Kokoschka and Hans Hofmann.[1][3]

In the mid-1960s he moved to New York City, where he met the poet and artist Jackie Cassen. They collaborated on multimedia installations of kinetic art, including the "Psychedelic Celebration Number One" for LSD advocate Timothy Leary,[3] and installations at the Electric Circus nightclub.[1]

In 1972, he founded Let There Be Neon,[2] a studio and gallery in New York.[1] He designed and produced neon pieces for the Broadway show, Kiss of the Spider Woman,[4] and other art and music performances, as well as commercial signs.[1]

Together with Katharine Kean, he directed the 1992 documentary Haití: Killing the Dream, starring Jean-Bertrand Aristide.[5]

Between 1999 and 2001, his multimedia installation "Theater of Light" was shown at multiple locations in New York and New Jersey. The installation involved several screens, more than 30 projectors and "surrounded audience members with densely layered, constantly changing images, intricately choreographed to music."[1]

Stern died in 2006 at his home in Cadiz, Spain, from complications of lung cancer.[1] 

Works in Collection

The Angel and the Bird
SKU: GBA-2102

Recycled steel oil-drum (34 1/2" h. x 22 1/2” w. x 4” d.), c.1989.
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

$1200

Kok Kalité (Rooster) Vodou flag
SKU: JOP-2101

Studio of Joseph Oldof Pierre - Style is consistent with Oldof's work but signature is ambiguous (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (40” x 31”), c.1980's.
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.
Note:  Some sequins show fading or discoloration, typical of nearly 40 year old sequins of this period.  

$1200

Fishing
SKU: GBA-2103

Recycled steel oil-drum (26” h. x 25” w.  x 7 1/2” d.), c.1989.
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

$950

Saint Jacques Vodou flag
SKU: BEL-2001

Unsigned work - style is characteristic of the drapo artists in the BelAir neighborhood of Port-au-Prince.  Quite possibly from the studio of Sylva Joseph and Edgar Jean Louis.  
Sequins and beads on fabric (30 1/2” x 30 1/2”), c. 1990's. 
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

$875

“Se we ya wem” Diable mask
SKU: HMSK-58

Unknown artist. Jacmel, Haiti.
Painted papier maché, fabric, rubber and cow-horn (14 1/2" h. x 20” w. 14” d. not including tongue and fabric) c. 1989.
I have been told that “Se wè ya wèm” means : "A little while, and you will no longer see me".
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

Note: this is a vintage piece collected over thirty years ago, and displayed by the collector.  Some wear and chipping of paint is to be expected.

$850

Two Faces in the Vines
SKU: GBA-2101

Recycled steel oil-drum (34 1/2" h. x 15 1/2” w. x 3” d.), c.1989.
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

$850

Crocodile Carnival Mask #2
SKU: HMSK-72

Unknown artist. Jacmel, Haiti.
Painted papier maché, rubber and fabric (30” h. x 11” w. 19” d.) c. 1989.
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

Note: this is a vintage piece collected over thirty years ago, and displayed by the collector.  Some wear, tear and chipping of paint is to be expected.

$775

White Horse #2 Haitian Carnival Mask
SKU: HMSK-73

Unknown artist. Jacmel, Haiti.
Painted papier maché, rubber, fabric, human hair (15” h. x 18 1/2” w. x 28” d.) c. 1989.
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

Note: this is a vintage piece collected over thirty years ago, and displayed by the collector.  Some wear and tear and chipping of paint is to be expected.

$775

White Horse Carnival Mask
SKU: HMSK-61

Unknown artist. Jacmel, Haiti.
Painted papier maché, rubber and fabric (15” h. x 18 1/2” w. x 28” d.) c. 1989.
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

Note: this is a vintage piece collected over thirty years ago, and displayed by the collector.  Some wear and chipping of paint is to be expected.

$775

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Crocodile Carnival Mask
SKU: HMSK-57

Unknown artist. Jacmel, Haiti.
Painted papier maché, rubber and fabric (30” h. x 11” w. 19” d.) c. 1989.
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

Note: this is a vintage piece collected over thirty years ago, and displayed by the collector.  Some wear and chipping of paint is to be expected.

$750

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Eve Running away with the Apple
SKU: GBA-2104

Recycled steel oil-drum (26 1/4” h. x 26” w. x 2” d.), c.1989.
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

$700

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Tiger Carnival Mask
SKU: HMSK-60

Unknown artist. Jacmel, Haiti.
Painted papier maché, fabric, rubber, sisal rope fiber and sheepskin. (14" h. x 14” w. x 15” d. (not counting hair) c. 1989.

 Ex collection of Rudi Stern.

Note: this is a vintage piece collected over thirty years ago, and displayed by the collector.  Some wear and chipping of paint is to be expected.

$650

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Crab - Papier Maché Carnival Sculpture
SKU: PMS-033

Unknown artist. Jacmel, Haiti.
Painted papier maché, rubber and fabric (19” h. x 31” w. x 9” d.) c. 1989.
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

Note: this is a vintage piece collected over thirty years ago, and displayed by the collector.  Some wear and chipping of paint is to be expected.

$650

Up-Down Faces
SKU: GBA-2107

Recycled steel oil-drum (24” h. x 24” w. x 2” d.), c.1989.
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

$625

Girl with Braids
SKU: GBA-2106

Recycled steel oil-drum (20” h. x 25” w. x 2” d.), c.1989.
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

$600