[Melbourne, Australia]: Madame Shishi, 1982. 1st Edition. Small quarto, publisher’s stiff coated illustrated wraps, exhibition invitation laid in.
Clothing designer and art collector Madame Shishi’s self-published survey of Haitian art, inscribed by her on the dedication page: "à Elizabeth / merci/ Shishi." Popularized in the 1940s, the "naive" tradition in Haitian art has become one of the most appreciated genres internationally. While most studies begin the history of Haitian art with the establishment of American watercolorist DeWitt Peters’s Centre d'Art in Port-au-Prince in 1944, Shishi argues that what came to be known as the Haitian Renaissance can be traced back several centuries. Her introduction provides brief biographies of the catalog's represented artists, including Wilson Bigaud, Alexandre Grégoire, Joseph Wilfrid Daleus, Dieudonné Cédor, and others. Shishi, a white clothing designer of indeterminate origin, created her label Shishi of Haiti in the 1960s, and resided in Haiti for over 20 years, opening a gallery and boutique in Port-au-Prince, and exhibiting her personal collection of Haitian art internationally. Vibrantly illustrated throughout with color plates, several black-and-white photos of Haitian people and scenes, and a map. Invitation to Shishi's 1983 exhibition held at the Verlie Just Town Gallery in Brisbane, Australia, laid in. Rubbing to corners and edges of wraps. Minor edgewear to invitation. Near fine. Item #3949