Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!

The Indigo Arts website has remained active during the widespread shutdowns due to the COVID-19 virus.   Under current rules I have been able to resume operations but still must limit visitors to the gallery, by appointment only.   I am monitoring orders and responding to inquiries.  I am now able to pack and ship most orders within a few days.   Shipping times, particularly by USPS, have increased during this period.  Please stay safe!

News

The Slave Ship Brooks - Frantz Zephirin (Haiti, 2007), courtesy of Marcus Rediker

Black Lives Matter

This month I am not featuring any art that is for sale at Indigo Arts or noting museum and gallery shows of interest to me.  

Hand-drawn Shipibo Cloth (SHPC-73)

Working from Home!

Philadelphia has had a "Stay at Home" order since March 23rd, due to the COVID-19 virus.

Guyodo in the ruins of the Atis Rezistans community, March 2020.

Catastrophic fire in the "Grand Rue" Artists' Community in Haiti - and now COVID-19

With all the hardship and tragedy in the world right now, with the spread of the COVID-19 virus,  I will mention one tragedy, because most of you will not have heard of it, and it impacts several of our artists in Haiti.

"Extra O" sign  c. 1990s  Kumasi, Ghana oil and/or acrylic paint, wood panel Courtesy of Anthony Fisher – Indigo Arts Gallery

Extra 'O' African Barbershop and Hairdressing Signs at SFO Museum

Child in the Land of the Ancestors, date unknown, by Barbara Bullock (Courtesy of the artist)

Africa in the Arts of Philadelphia: Bullock, Searles, and Twins Seven-Seven at Woodmere Art Museum

Belgian Congo Colony, 1940s–1960

Press on Indigo Arts at the NY Outsider Art Fair

This year's NY Outsider Art Fair received extensive and lavish Press coverage.  We were pleased to get top billing in several stories:

Outsider Art Rings in New York’s Fair Season

Kamante Gatura

NY Outsider Art Fair 2020

Join the Stampede!

Please visit us in New York at the 2020 Outsider Art Fair

Gerard Fortuné (Photo:  Paolo WOODS, 2011)

Gerard Fortuné (1924* - 2019)

I was sad to learn the news that Gerard Fortuné, the playful, prolific and much loved Haitain naif artist passed away on December 8th, 2019.  I have heard several dates cited for Gerard's birth, - 1933, 1925, and according to the obituary below from Le Centre d'Art, 1924.

You Call It Craft, I Call It Art - New York Times Features Artist Leandro Gomez Quintero

A recent article in the New York Times profiles a variety of the artists exhibiting this last July at the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe.  The story looked at folk artists from Borneo, Cuba, India, Mexico and Peru.

Floods of 2000 in Mozambique.

Mozambique Cyclone Idai Benefit - Bid on Dino's Sculpture

Cheias 2000 - Nascimento da Rosita (Flood of 2000 - the Birth of Rosita)