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25 Masterworks of Haitian Art: Painting and Sculpture 1972-2007

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Haitian art has long been an elusive presence in New Orleans, a city once strongly influenced by the Haitian émigrés who made up as much as half the population in the early 19th century. Modern Haitian art, distinguished by its unique mix of surrealism, folk art, expressionism and voodoo spirits, was available through Caribbean Arts Ltd. until owner David Baron relocated a few years ago. Now Baron is back, and Caribbean Arts Ltd. celebrates its reopening with a reception on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The show features works by artists including Michel-Ange Altidort, André Pierre, Lafortune Felix and Vladimir Cybil Charlier-Juste, whose Cheval Minuit (pictured) harks to dapper graveyard spirit Baron Samedi, who dons a top hat as he guides his horse through the dark of night. — D. Eric Bookhardt

Reception 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Sat., Oct. 4; through December

Caribbean Arts Ltd., 720 Franklin Ave., 943-3858

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