LA VIE DRÔLE
32 x 29 inches
37 x 46.5 inches
31.5 x 33 inches
21 x 38 inches
27 x 33 inches
Untitled (La Sirene)
40 x 33.5 inches
18.5 x 15 inches
31.5 x 42.5 inches
On View: June 26 – September 7, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 25, 6–8 PM
Flags from the Peter Watrous Collection
These works were acquired by Peter Watrous thirty years ago in Haiti. They are by different artists; often the artists’ names are sewn into the artwork with beads or sequins. The flags embrace everything from austere religiosity to the driest of humor. Some include stark geometric religious symbols and others incorporate luminous baroque beadwork. Watrous’s flags reflect Haiti’s magnificent cultural and artistic tradition.
Decorative Haitian flags are known as Drapo Vodou, or “Voodoo Flags”. Many date back to the origins of the syncretic religion. As African slaves and white settlers cohabitated in Haiti, traditional African religions and Catholicism blended, creating voodoo. Voodoo Flags were instrumental in religious ceremonies and sanctuaries. Each flag depicts the loa (spirit) to whom it is devoted. In the 1970s–1980s, following the Haitian Renaissance, critics and collectors discovered these flags. As a result, an art market developed soon after for Haitian artwork.