Collector surveys past 25 years of Haitian art in major new book – Books –

“It had a low ceiling, dark wood-paneled walls and kind of a dingy atmosphere,” says the author of Masterpieces of Haitian Art (Schiffer, $50), who talks about her work Saturday at Books & Books in Coral Gables. “But I felt uplifted and happy in the space. I was trying to account for it. I looked around and saw paintings, seascapes, landscapes, people working in the fields. The colors were very bright. I asked the owner what they were, and he said, ‘These are all from Haiti.’”

This brief but memorable introduction led Russell to a new and vibrant world. She made visits to the island, built friendships with artists and dealers and began collecting art and curating exhibits (including Allegories of Haitian Life from the Collection of Jonathan Demme at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach). Masterpieces, a detailed overview of the past 25 years of Haitian art, is culmination of sorts and a true labor of love. via –



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