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The Art Show 2021

Luhring Augustine is pleased to participate in The Art Show with a solo presentation of new work by the Haitian artist Myrlande Constant, curated by gallery-represented artist Tomm El-Saieh.

Constant (b. 1968, Port-au-Prince) is celebrated for her stunning, idiosyncratic, and genre-defying drapo Vodou (Voodoo flags): the small embroidered and sequined flags that have been produced in Haiti for generations, as both religious objects and crafts. A self-taught flag-maker, Constant’s artistry is rooted in her skills as a seamstress and the beading techniques that she learned from her mother, with whom she worked creating elaborately beaded wedding dresses. Constant began making unorthodox drapo Vodou over two decades ago, revolutionizing the artform and entering what had been until the 1990s a field completely dominated by men; she continues to push its boundaries in ambitious ways by deviating from the traditional materials and scale, and by incorporating buoyant colors and present-day subjects. In her large, densely textured flags, Constant draws equally from Vodou mythology, Haitian history, current events, and popular culture, balancing the spiritual with a contemporary world view. Her work has been greatly influential to subsequent generations of artists in Haiti, many of whom have apprenticed under her.

For more information about our presentation, please contact Donald Johnson Montenegro at donald@luhringaugustine.com.

Artworks

Myrlande Constant GUEDE (Baron), 2020

Myrlande Constant
GUEDE (Baron), 2020
Sequins, glass beads, silk tassels on cotton
88 x 85 x 4 inches
(223.5 x 215.9 x 10.2 cm)
© Myrlande Constant; Courtesy of the artist, CENTRAL FINE, Miami Beach, and Luhring Augustine, New York.

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