NEW YORK — Haiti’s’ contemporary giant Edouard Duval-Carrie and popular artist Eric Girault will showcase their work Oct. 2 to Oct. 5 at “Art off the Main: The African Caribbean and Latin American Art Fair” at the City’s Metropolitan Pavilion North, 110 W. 19th St.
Art Off the Main announced that the Young Survival Coalition will be the beneficiary of its opening night gala 6 to 10p.m. Thursday Oct. 2.
The Young Survival Coaltion is a community of young breast cancer survivors seeking to educate the public, and the medical, research and legislative communities on the issue of breast cancer in women 40 years old and under.
In its fifth year, Art Off the Main has served to change public perception of Caribbean art, transforming the widely-held view which equated Caribbean art with tourist curios.
Produced by Loris Crawford, a pioneer in the promotion of Caribbean art, Art Off the Main has brought to the American public, the broad spectrum of Caribbean art ranging from the realist to the surrealist, the traditional to the modern, the intuitive to the experimental, and in media ranging from traditional materials to new media.
“When we launched the fair five years ago many thought that there would be very little interest in Caribbean art. The farsightedness of this vision has been affirmed by the increased interest in Caribbean art among leading art institutions. The Brooklyn Museum curated a major exhibition in 2007 and three other New York museums are collaborating on another major Caribbean art exhibit for 2009,” says Crawford.
Besides Duval-Carrie and Girault the Fair’s artists have included Caribbean masters such as Wifredo Lam, and Kapo, other contemporary giants like Manuel Mendive, and Francois Cavin, as well as accomplished Caribbean artists living in the United States such as Bernard Hoyes, Escoffery, Robert Reid, and Basil Watson, son of Jamaican Master painter, Barrington Watson and Francks Deceus, recently included in the list of top 100 New York artists.
Highlights of Art Off the Main includes Paint it Pink, the Opening Night Gala which raises awareness of breast cancer in young women and women of color.
— General admission to the show is $17, of which $2 will be donated to Haitian relief; admission to Paint It Pink is $50. For tickets or additional information, contact Crawford Billings Associates Inc., P.O. Box 1659, New York, NY 10276; 646-438-9958 or visit artoffthemain.com.
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