This is a new hardback - still in shrink wrap.
Kafou: Haiti, Art and Vodou traces the extraordinary history of Haiti's popular art over seven decades, from pioneers like Hector Hyppolite, Philomé Obin, Wilson Bigaud and Georges Liautaud, promoted in the 1940s and 50s by André Breton and the Surrealists, to exciting contemporary figures like Myrlande Constant, Edouard Duval- Carrié, Frantz Zéphirin and the Atis Rezistans group. Its focus is the abiding significance of Vodou (or voodoo ) in the art of Haiti's urban and rural poor. Haitian Vodou has been a constant source of inspiration and imagery for Haiti's popular art, and that art is often at its most visionary and inventive when reflecting its influence. Furthermore, Vodou, which is practiced in some shape or form by most Haitians, is key to understanding Haiti's culture and history. The book documents a major exhibition presented at Nottingham Contemporary in 2012 curated by Alex Farquharson and Leah Gordon. Kafou means crossroads in Haitian Creole, a key concept in Vodou. Haiti is located at the crossroads of Atlantic experience the world changed after its unthinkable Revolution of 1791 1803. Vodou reflects that history in mythical terms. This in turn is reflected in Haiti's extraordinary popular art, which has its own place at the cultural crossroads of the Atlantic. Kafou: Haiti, Art and Vodou is a beautifully illustrated introduction to the work of thirty-five significant Haitian artists. These images are accompanied by an anthology of new and republished texts by wide-ranging authors including Dawn Ades, Truman Capote, Maya Deren, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Alejo Carpentier, Laurent Dubois, Edouard Glissant, Dany Laferrière, Jørgen Leth, Kobena Mercer, Marcus Rediker and Ian Thomson. The front section consists of new essays by Colin (aka Joan) Dayan, Wendy Asquith, Katherine Smith, Gordon and Farquharson.
"Excellent exhibition catalogue with the necessary attention to the Saint Soleil school, including the intricate visions of Antilhomme, who is all too often overlooked.Very good examples also of the work of the prolific Gerard Fortune as well as Frantz Zephirin,who was honored with the cover of the book."
"This book is a well produced 2012 exhibition catalog (Nottingham Contemporary art museum in the UK) containing more than 150 high quality color photographs. New essays are supplemented by many excerpts of classic essays on Haitian art and Vodou. Nice quality production and binding in hardcover."
"The book is an excellent example of what a good Haitian art book ought to be; richly informative and educational; provides a vast embodiment of knowledge on both the history of Haiti and Haitian art' superlative and high-resolution image reproductions of the actual works. My favorite artworks are the definitely Hector Hyppolites, particularly 1946 General Bauron (what a true and unmatched Vodou masterpiece!!!), 1945 Two Priestesses with Vase (another celebrity!), 1947 Papa Zaca, Papa Ogou, 1946 Zombis and Henri Christophe. I also LOVED Damballah Wedo and his Consort (1967) by Rigaud Benoit, the superlative 1950 Castera Bazile (Judgement Day), the museum masterpiece by Castera Bazile (Cemetery Scene, 1963) and the to-die-for 1952 Wilson Bigaud (Lasirene Endiablee). The 1950 Seneque (Toussaint Louverture) was also a true stunner. Lastly, it was so refreshing to also see an exhibited piece by the great first generation Haitian master Rene Exume, a true rarity. His "Bawon Samdi" is truly stunning. This is is an all-around quality book/catalogue. The Nottingham Contemporary did a perfect job at both exhibiting Haitian art at this scope and producing such a collectible Haitian art catalogue. "