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

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

ICI ON VEND POULETS - Two-sided Haitian Signboard
SKU: SN-245

by Unknown sign artist, Haiti, c. 1986 -1994
Oil paint on masonite with wood frame (24" x 35 1/2" x 2")

Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

$600

Two Roosters (Cock Fight)
SKU: JSP-2103

Jonas Pascal,  Croix des Bouquets, Haiti.
Recycled steel oil-drum (18” h.  x 34 1/2” w. x 1" d.), 1980's.
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

$575

Large Face in the Foliage
SKU: GBA-2105

Recycled steel oil-drum (23 1/2” h. x 25” w. x 2 1/2” d.), c.1989.
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

$575

Invasion Helicopter from plastic bottles
SKU: HSCP-2101

Artist unknown.  This piece was made by Haitian recycler artists at the time of the 1994 US-led invasion of Haiti in which Aristide was returned to power.
Mixed media (recycled plastic bottles, aluminum, steel, paint, etc.) with vintage dust included.
(10” h. x 11 1/2” w. x 23” d.), c. 1994
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

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

$575

US Invasion Vehicle from plastic bottles
SKU: HSCP-2102

Artist unknown.  This piece was made by Haitian recycler artists at the time of the 1994 US-led invasion of Haiti in which Aristide was returned to power.
Mixed media (recycled plastic bottles, plastic soldiers, aluminum, steel, fabric, paint, etc.) with vintage dust included.
(10” h. x 8” w. x 14” d.), c. 1994
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

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

$575

US Invasion Vehicle from plastic bottles
SKU: HSCP-2103

Artist unknown.  Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  Artist's name appears to be Sony Tifafa David, but writing is unclear.  This piece was made by a Haitian recycler artist at the time of the 1994 US-led invasion of Haiti which returned Aristide to power.
Mixed media (recycled plastic bottles, plastic soldiers, aluminum, steel, wire, fabric, paint, etc.) with vintage dust included.
(11 1/2” h.  x 8” w. 15” d.), c. 1994
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

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

$575

US Invasion Helicopter #2 from plastic bottles
SKU: HSCP-2105

Artist unknown (Artist's name appears to be Sony Tifafa David, but writing is unclear).  Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  This piece was made by Haitian recycler artists at the time of the 1994 US-led invasion of Haiti in which Aristide was returned to power.
Mixed media (recycled plastic bottles, aluminum, steel, paint, etc.) with vintage dust included.
(10” h. x 12 1/2” w. x 26 1/2” d.), c. 1994
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

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

$575

Lobster - Papier Maché Carnival Sculpture
SKU: PMS-035

Unknown artist. Jacmel, Haiti.
Painted papier maché, rubber and glass marbles (24" l.  x 15” w. x 12 1/2” 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.

$575

"Carnaval 86" "Djab" mask
SKU: HMSK-67

Unknown artist. Jacmel, Haiti.
Painted papier maché and cow-horn (24" h. x 27” w. x 12” d.) 1986.
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.

$550

6-Wheeled US Invasion Vehicle from plastic bottles
SKU: HSCP-2106

Artist unknown.  Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  This piece was made by a Haitian recycler artist at the time of the 1994 US-led invasion of Haiti which returned Aristide to power.
Mixed media (recycled plastic bottles, plastic soldiers, aluminum, steel, wire, fabric, paint, etc.) with vintage dust included.
(12” h. x 8” w. x 14 1/2" l.), c.1994
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

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

$525

Figure on a Cross - Vodou object
SKU: HSCP-2104

Artist unknown.  
Mixed media - wood cross with figure made out of sewn cotton fabric, stuffed with wood shavings, with many steel pins and tacks, copper wire, organic fiber pubic hair.   Vintage dust included.
(33” h. x 19” w. x 3 1/2” d.), c. 1980s
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

$500

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Lion
SKU: ALM-2101

Signed "Almann"  (Croix des Bouquets, Haiti)
Recycled steel oil-drum (23" h. x 33 1/2” w.  x 1” d.), c.1980's.
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

$475

Adam and Eve
SKU: JSP-2101

Jonas Pascal, with A. Roseline.  Croix des Bouquets, Haiti.
Recycled steel oil-drum (23 1/2” h.  x 23 1/2” w.), c.1989.
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

$475

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Djab
SKU: ME-2101

M.E.  Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti
Recycled steel oil-drum 34 1/2" h. x  18 1/4” w. x 1” d.), c.1989.
Ex. collection of Rudi Stern.

$475

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