MICHAEL RICHARDS AWARD RECIPIENT
Edouard Duval-Carrié (2018)
The Bass, Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum, is pleased to celebrate and showcase new work by the first recipient of Oolite Arts’ Michael Richards Award, Edouard Duval-Carrié (2018). As part of The Ellies, Miami’s Visual Art Awards presented by Oolite, Duval-Carrié was gifted an honorarium and a commission to be displayed at The Bass. The resulting project by Duval-Carrié is now on view inside the museum.
Edouard Duval-Carrié is a contemporary artist and curator based in Miami, Florida. Born and raised in Haiti, Duval Carrié fled the regime of “Papa Doc” Duvalier as a teenager and subsequently resided in locales as diverse as Puerto Rico, New York, Montreal, Paris and Miami. He is known for works that engage and adapt traditional Haitian iconography in order to address contemporary social and political conditions. At their most fundamental, Duval-Carrié’s works ask the viewer to complicate the Western Canon, to consider how Africa has shaped the Americas, and how the Caribbean has shaped the modern world.
Duval-Carrié’s new work, titled King Henri and Haiti’s Royal Court (2019), is presented alongside the to-scale drawing that served as the basis for the work, inside the museum. Formally, the work takes cues from the history of portraiture, rendering its subject, Henri Cristophe (1767-1820), in Duval-Carrié’s classic etched plexiglass style. Cristophe was one of Haiti’s revolutionary leaders who went on to become the first president of the republic and later declare himself king.
Edouard Duval-Carrié (b. 1954, Port-au-Prince) is a Haitian sculptor and painter, who was educated at McGill University and at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris. Inspired by Haitian traditions, Duval-Carrié creates works that speak to the complexities of the Caribbean and its diaspora. In 1995, he moved to Miami and soon after, he was awarded a South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual Art Fellowship. Since then, he worked extensively in his own practice and to promote critical and artistic initiatives within the local art community. Selected solo exhibition include “Imagined Landscapes,” Pérez Art Museum Miami (2014); “Arts in the Garden,” Miami Beach Botanical Gardens (2010); Roots & More, Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal, Holland (2009); “Edouard Duval-Carrié, The Glass Curtain Gallery,” Columbia College, Chicago (2007); “The Voodoo Pantheon,” The Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach (2006); and “Migration of the Spirit,” FIGGE Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa (2006).
His work has been included in critically acclaimed group exhibitions such as in “Extermis, Museé de la civilization,” Québec City, Québec (2013); “Who More Sci Fi Than Us?” Contemporary Art from the Caribbean, Kunsthall KAdE, Amersfoot, Netherlands (2012); “Caribbean: Crossroads of the World,” The Studio Museum of Harlem, New York (2012); First Haitian Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale, Palazzo Stamplia Querini, Venice (2011); and Base Paint, EPIC, The Patricia & Philip Frost Art Museum, Miami (2010). Duval-Carrié lives and works in Miami.
The Michael Richards Award is given each year to a Miami-Dade artist who has created a recognized body of original, high-quality works of art over a sustained period of time and who, through their practice, is achieving the highest levels of professional distinction in the visual arts. The award will support the selected artist’s practice and creative growth through a stipend of $75,000 over a two-year period, and the opportunity to be commissioned by Oolite Arts in collaboration with The Bass, to create a work to be exhibited at the museum. Michael Richards (1963–2001), to whom this award pays tribute, was an incisive, provocative, and poetic artist whose body of work primarily addresses racial inequity and social injustice. Richards, an Oolite Arts alum, passed away tragically in his art studio in the World Trade Center during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. A jury of national and local curators and experts will both nominate candidates and select the award winner.
Oolite Arts is both a community and a resource, providing artists with free studio space, exhibition opportunities, direct support and programming they need to advance their careers. The organization also offers programming to the surrounding neighborhood and the wider community to help artists better understand, and create, contemporary art.