An Important Work by Haitian Sculptor Andre Eugene

‘Untitled’

By Andre Eugene, Haiti b. 1959

Metal, wood and rubber. signed, H 43 inches.

Asking price $ 5,500.

Provenance: The Jorgen Leth Collection of Haitian Art

Eugène started out as a house builder, but influenced by the creative energy of his neighbourhood he started to learn traditional sculpting in wood. ‘There was always something happening in our neighbourhood with music, many sculptors and Vodou all around. This made me begin the life of an artist.’ Eugène’s work became increasingly influenced by contemporary Haitian artists such as Nasson and then started to collaborate with established Haitian artists, Mario Benjamin and Barbara Prezeau. Eugène fused the fetish effigy with an apocalyptic MTV futuristic vision. Much of his work is figurative using human skulls for heads and imbued with a bold sense of irony, sexuality and humour. “It’s usually always the bourgeoisie who own the galleries. But I wanted to have a gallery, not only a gallery, but it must be a museum. This is the reason why I have given the name ‘E Pluribus Unum’ Musee d’Art to my studio and yard.”

Andre Eugene is currently exhibiting at the Grand Palais in Paris participating in ‘HAITI, Deux siecles de creation artistique’

Andre Eugene in studio

 

EXHIBITIONS

2012    Rekouperasyon Art, United Nations, Port-au-Prince

2012    Sculpture Commission for ArtReach, Cultural Olympiad, UK

2012    Folk Badji with Jeremy Deller’s Folk Archive, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK

2012    In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st Century Haitian Art, Fowler Museum

2012    Haiti: Royaume de ce Monde, Martinique

2012    Kafou: Haiti, History & Vodou, Nottingham GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1998    JAMA art fair, P-au-P, Haiti

1999    Maison du Tourisme, P-au-P, Haiti

2000    JAMA art fair, P-au-P, Haiti

2001    Baka, Monstres et Chimeres, Centre Culturel AFRICAMERICA, P-au-P, Haiti

2002    Hotel de Ville, P-au-P, Haiti

2002    2th Forum Transculturel d’art Contemporain, Musee d’Art Haitien, P-au-P, Haiti

2003    Sculptures Urbaines, Banque Centrale de la Barbade, Barbade

2003    Musee de l’Independance, P-au-P, Haiti

2004    Sculptures Urbaines, Banque Centrale de la Barbade, Barbade

2004    Lespri Endepandan, Discovering Haitian Sculpture, Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami, USA

2004    3th Forum Transculturel d’Art Contemporain, Centre Culturel AFRICAMERICA P-au-P, Haiti

2004    KAFOU, Institut Francais d’Haiti, P-au-P, Haiti

2005    Ecole des Beaux Arts de l’Ile de la Reunion, Ile de la Reunion

2005    Fete de la Sculpture, Institut Francais d’Haiti, P-au-P, Haiti

2006    Fete de la Sculpture, Institut Francais d’Haiti, P-au-P, Haiti

2006    4th Forum Transculturel d’Art Contemporain, Musee du Pantheon National

2005    Gallerie Bourbon-Lally, ARTE AMERICAS, Miami, USA

2006    Galerie Bourbon Lally, Outsider Art Fair, New York, USA

2006    Galerie Boubon-Lally, The National Black Art Fair, New York, USA

2006    Freedom Sculpture Launch, Musee d’Art Haitien, P-au-P, Haiti

2006    Freedom Sculpture, Touring the UK

2006    The Sculptors of Grand Rue, The Foundry, London, UK

2007    Fete de la Sculpture, Institut Francais d’Haiti, P-au-P, Haiti

2007    Vodou Rezistans, The Foundry, London, UK

2007    Vodou Riche, Colombia College, Chicago, USA

2007    Influences Caraibes, La Dynamo, Paris, France

2008    MEG, Geneva, Switzerland

2009    Kreyol Factory, Parc de la Villette, Paris

2009    Global Caribbean Project, Art Basel, Miami, USA

2009    Ghetto Biennale, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

2010    24 Month Meditation, Venice, Italy

2010    Gloria Maria Gallery, Milan, Italy

2011    Brown University, Providence, USA

2011    Agnes B, Paris, France

2011    XISM, Etnografiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

2011    Haitian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale

2011    Global Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Paris, Martinique

2011    Ghetto Biennale, Port-au-Prince

2011    Nouvo Rezistans, Institut Francais, Port-au-Prince

 

 

 

 

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