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  1. American Folk Art Museum Fall Benefit Gala Auction

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    by Laurie Ahner

    Galerie Bonheur is pleased to announce our participation in the Fall Benefit Gala Auction at American Folk Art Museum in New York City on November 16, 2017! We have donated several works of folk art from our extensive collection for this event to support their wonderful effort to provide great cultural & educational experience for their broad audience.  Click the image for more information.

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  2. A significant museum work of art from Galerie Bonheur Collection will be auctioned in New Mexico

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    by Laurie Ahner

    The “Death Cart” – special work of art by Horacio Valdez, a famous Santero from New Mexico – has traveled the world in museum settings and major art exhibits and it now needs to have a permanent home, to be appreciated and admired by an art- loving public!

     


    HORACIO VALDEZ

    L A   M U E R T E
    D E A T H   C A R T

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    Horacio Valdez
    (1929-1992, New Mexico),
    La Muerte Death Cart, 1983.
    Polychrome carved wood, 53 x 50 x 32 inches.Available on November 11, 2017
    at Santa Fe Art AuctionView This Artwork at the Santa Fe Art Auction Website HereFor inquiry:
    Laurie Ahner, Director & Owner
    info@galeriebonheur.com or 314.409.6057

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    A B O U T   T H E   A R T I S T
    Horacio Valdez (1929 – 1992), a carpenter by trade, became a santero (a creator of religious images, literally “maker of saints”) in 1975 after sustaining a near fatal injury at the Nambe Dam project where he was employed. Valdez crushed his right hand in the accident and could not return to work. “I couldn’t hold a hammer,” he said, “but I could whittle.” Thus began Valdez’s prolific career as a wood carver in New Mexico, where he is noted for his influence in re-energizing traditional religious imagery.  (image below: Horacio Valdez at the completion of his work La Muerte Death Cart, at his home in New Mexico, copyright © Galerie Bonheur)
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    Valdez is best known for his Penitente-inspired death carts. These large scale sculptures depict a female skeletal image riding atop a miniature wooden ox cart. The skeleton, called La Muerte (Death) or Dona Sebastiana, usually carries a hatchet, bow and arrow, or other instrument of death. The figure is a reminder of human mortality or memento mori. Real death carts appear during Holy Week when members of the Brotherhood of the Penitentes, or “Hermandad de Nuestro Padres Jesus Nazareno,” reenact the suffering and crucifixion of Christ by pulling carts filled with stones in a procession as penance.  (image below: Feria Artesana, The Albuquerque Museum, 1981, “Horacio Valdez: Labrador De Amor”)
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    The “La Muerte” Death Cart was commissioned by Galerie Bonheur directly from Horacio Valdez at his home in Dixon, New Mexico. The sculpture took approximately 8 months to complete, and Galerie Bonheur has maintained ownership of the piece since its creation in 1983. The death cart was on loan from October 5, 1986 to May 29, 1988 in a traveling exhibit entitled “Beyond Tradition: Contemporary American Folk Art.” This exhibit, organized by the Katonah Gallery (now the Katonah Museum of Art), traveled both throughout the United States and Europe.  (image below: detail: Horacio Valdez, La Muerte Death Cart, 1983, Galerie Bonheur)
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    Other Valdez carvings have been shown at the Museum of American Folk Art, the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, the Taylor Museum in Colorado Springs, and the Albuquerque Museum. Another death cart, entitled “Carreta de Muerte” (1975) resides in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  (image below: Horacio Valdez, Carreta de Muerte, 1975,  Smithsonian American Museum)
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  3. Roberto Torres Lameda

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    Roberto Torres Lameda was born in 1956, in Paraiso, Cuba. He paints detailed landscape and nature scenes of his beloved Cuba. He has been in numerous group shows in Cuba and the United States.

  4. Bhutanese Textiles

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    Galerie Bonheur presents finely crafted unique textiles from Bhutan.

  5. Happy Fourth of July!

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    by Laurie Ahner

     

    Happy 4th of July, everyone! Have a wonderful holiday with family and friends! Amos Ferguson (1920-2009, Bahamas), “A Family Around the Dinner Table,” 1960. Enamel on cardboard, 30 x 36 inches. Please inquire at info@galeriebonheur.com or 314.409.6057.

    Amos Ferguson (1920-2009, Bahamas), "A Family Around the Dinner Table," 1960. Enamel on cardboard, 30 x 36 inches.

    Amos Ferguson (1920-2009, Bahamas), “A Family Around the Dinner Table,” 1960. Enamel on cardboard, 30 x 36 inches.

     

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  6. Special Pricing for Select Summer Art!

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    by Laurie Ahner

     

    Happy July! We currently have special pricing for these summer art – please inquire!

    Conchita Infante, Cuba House by the River Watercolor on paper 12 x 14 inches Was $850, SALE $495

    Conchita Infante, Cuba
    House by the River
    Watercolor on paper
    12 x 14 inches
    Was $850, SALE $495

     

     

    Reina Ledon Perez, Cuba Mi Casa En Tama Lulipa Oil on canvas 20 x 32 inches Was $875, SALE $575

    Reina Ledon Perez, Cuba
    Mi Casa En Tama Lulipa
    Oil on canvas
    20 x 32 inches
    Was $875, SALE $575

     

     

     

    Melecio Fresquez, New Mexico Cabin in the Woods Watercolor on paper with handmade frame 24 x 20 inches Was $750, SALE $575

    Melecio Fresquez, New Mexico
    Cabin in the Woods
    Watercolor on paper with handmade frame
    24 x 20 inches
    Was $750, SALE $575

     

     

     

     

     

    Sylvia Alberts, New york Gazebo Oil on masonite 19 x 17 inches, framed Was $3,500, SALE $2,250

    Sylvia Alberts, New york
    Gazebo
    Oil on masonite
    19 x 17 inches, framed
    Was $3,500, SALE $2,250

     

     

     

    See all sale art here!

  7. Roy Reid, Outsider Artist from Jamaica

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    by Laurie Ahner

    After dropping out of school at the age of 11, Roy Reid (Jamaica, 1937-2009) remained illiterate until his thirties. Spiritual by nature, he then taught himself to read by using the Bible. Today he is regarded as one of the most important outsider artists in his native Jamaica. His use of strong colors often carries symbolic meanings.
    Roy Reid, Nurse

    Nurse by Roy Reid. Oil on canvas, 30 x 26 inches, $3,850.

     

    Roy Reid, Wonder.

    Wonder by Roy Reid. Oil on canvas, 32 x 24 inches (framed), $3,850.

  8. Recent Acquisition: Jonathan Demme Collection

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    by Laurie Ahner

    My dear friend Jonathan Demme (1944-2017), a notable American film director (Philadelphia, The Silence of the Lambs, and many more) passed away on April 26th. He was an avid art collector, and a great supporter of Folk & Outsider Art and Artists. Every year, he visited us at the Outsider Art Fair in New York bringing with him much enthusiasm. His vast art collection is beyond spectacular, and it is truly a reflection of his joyful yet modest personality. Though he is incredibly missed by so many fans and friends like myself, his passion for Haitian and Folk Art, and his heart and soul, will endure. His eye was for true quality and intense color, and I am honored to own many works from his collection!

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    “Still Life 03” by Sénèque Obin, Haiti. Oil on panel 24 x 20 inches, framed. 1959, signed. Jonathan Demme Collection. $8,500

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    “Fishing Boats at Dawn” by Ernst Prophete, Haiti. Oil on panel. 24 x 12 inches, framed. Jonathan Demme Collection. $1,850

     

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    “Chicken Coop” by Paul Jean, Haiti (deceased). Oil on Masonite 16 x 20 inches. Jonathan Demme Collection. $950.