Monday, December 20, 2010

Art Auction: Haitian Contemporary Art

Some days you read your email at the right time. I caught notice in the Art City newsletter last week that the Green Gallery East was hosting an art auction with contemporary paintings from Haiti brought back by local artist and filmmaker Xav Leplae. I've known Xav for a number of years and he has great taste, a red flag for an event not to miss.

Contemporary Haitian Painting Silent Auction presented by Xav Leplae
Cock with gun detail: I bought this

Since I had to work at the gallery all Sunday I made sure to arrive early to check out the pieces & see the price range. Thankfully, each painting had a "buy it now" option, so once the hard part of picking what I wanted was over I didn't have to worry about getting outbid. I'd always rather pay more to know I'm getting what I want. I actually hate auctions and don't even buy stuff on ebay. When I decide I want something I want to know I'm going to get it.

The range of work in the show was stunning. Xav did an amazing job of bringing back a wide variety of styles and it was difficult to pick out which pieces I wanted. If Aaron hadn't been there with to help pick out pieces I would of lost my mind (and probably bought at least two more pieces). Somehow we now have to find space for three new pieces in our house.

Contemporary Haitian Painting Silent Auction presented by Xav Leplae

Contemporary Haitian Painting Silent Auction presented by Xav Leplae

Contemporary Haitian Painting Silent Auction presented by Xav Leplae

Contemporary Haitian Painting Silent Auction presented by Xav Leplae

Contemporary Haitian Painting Silent Auction presented by Xav Leplae

Contemporary Haitian Painting Silent Auction presented by Xav Leplae

Contemporary Haitian Painting Silent Auction presented by Xav Leplae
Wedding detail: I also bought this

We went back at the end of the day after work to pick up the pieces and it was interesting to see what went for what. I'd say some folks snagged some pretty wild deals. I was happy to of paid what I did for my pieces knowing the proceeds of the show were going to Xav who is currently working on a documentary filmed in Haiti. Getting new amazing art can happen at the darnedest times. Happy Holidays to me!

Find a few more photos here.

1 comment:

Reginald said...

Knowing the trials and tribulations the Haitian have gone through as of late: (earthquake, slow reconstructions, hurricane Tomas, cholera epidemic, fraudulent elections just to name a few), it amazes me how the paintings from the local artists remain joyful and colorful. This is great art. Kudos to Xav for taking this art out of the island and allowing others to experience its beauty.

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