African Diaspora Haitian Artists to Show at Art Basel Exhibition

The Republic of Haiti General Consul in Miami, François Guillaume II, made a public announcement numerous Haitian artists will show their work at the Annual Art Basel Miami Exhibition. Art Basel is an anticipated event, attracting many thousands of art lovers from all over the world. It is hailed as a major cultural sampling of 100-plus art galleries, representing the Caribbean, North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.


Art Basel is 40 years old, but until now has not been displaying artworks from the African Diaspora. That is changing this year with the Caribbean Fantastic exhibition happening at the Multitudes Contemporary Art Gallery. Babacar Mbow, MCAG'S owner and curator, is especially qualified to gather and showcase African Diaspora art. This year Caribbean Fantastic will highlight artwork from Haiti, home to the African Diaspora and the first black-led republic in the world.

The featured Haitian artist at the exhibit will be the internationally renowned Jean Claude Legagneur, whose works draw abundantly from African Diaspora history. He has exhibited his art in the U.S., Asia, and the Caribbean. One of his impressive pieces is a gigantic mural that decorates New York City's John F. Kennedy Airport. One art critic has described Lagagneur's oeuvre as one that ". . . defies mainstream contemporary art's boisterous claims and enters the realm of 21st century aesthetics." He has also been described as an authentic and compassionate interpreter of the African Diaspora's relevancy to modern times.

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