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The Art World in Haiti

AYITI Gallery is pleased to present the works of seven talented Haitian artists carefully selected for their ingenuity, their originality, their narrative and their artistic potential. Our artists represent the new wave of International Inspirational artists that is currently flowing the market. They respond to the rising demand of new art that inspires and educates. They invite the viewer to think deeply and explore a new visionary realm. Our artists are messengers and healers. They express a state of consciousness that transcends a reality. Intuitive, they speak with their soul and push the boundaries commonly known of the art world. Their creative imagination rooted in their identity has preserved the authenticity of their art and freed them from the western norms. Fresh, elegant, avant-garde, colourful and mindful, their art has a unique voice. The quality and originality of their work reminds us Picasso, Dali, Basquiat, Bosch, Breton, or Bruegel the Elder. All are dedicated to an established and mature style and create masterpieces after masterpieces. All have the potential to be the art masters of tomorrow. They are permanently exhibiting in the UK.

AYITI Gallery is a brand name of THE smARTest PROJECT LTD, a certified social art enterprise founded in 2015 that initially supports (isolated) genius artists from Haiti to exhibit and sell their work to a global audience, live and thrive from their art. Over the years, we have pioneered with success the introduction of Haitian art in London. We have increased the visibility of our artists and the value of their art. We have revealed up-and-coming masters and highlighted the emergence of a new trend. We have shown that other form of creativity exist beyond the mainstreamed art. We have created a precedent that revealed a huge niche market for our artists, and furthermore for International Inspirational artists. The potential is significant and the supply of rare and fascinating art is endless. We are present in two thriving markets (African art and its diaspora; and Outsider art) which are triggering a breakthrough in the global art market encouraging collectors to invest now in our artists. We have a long-term vision that goes beyond Haiti, aiming to change the life of thousands through arts, and exploring new collaboration in and beyond the art world to further the vision of our artists and diffuse more Inspirational art in our daily life.

Despite their undeniable talent and their unique sense of creativity, an infinite number of International Artists have limited access to the International Art scene. Their geographic location, their economic situation, their anonymity, the absence of art education background, the nonconformity of their art and their disconnection with the art world isolate these artists from the main international art hubs. The art market has become somehow elitist and conservative. It favours artists who have sufficient financial means to show their work, artists who are able or are enough proactive to market themselves online and offline, artists who have pursued art studies, artists who follow trends and respond to the commercial demand of the market, or artists who live in western countries. It brings artists to compete with one another on an economic basis and rejects a vast majority of talented artists worldwide. It limits the endless variety and originality that International Artists could show to the world, it distorts the true meaning that originates from the creation of art, it narrows the notion of art itself influencing the regard, the taste and the decisions of the general public, and it promotes the duplication of art and artists. The art market has created a replicable business model that runs out of steam and seeks new inspiration. Art is more than a product. It’s a vision, the introspection of a soul, a universal language connecting cultures and individuals together. Art is an invitation to travel. We are meant to bring change and explore alternatives to nurture the infinite potential of International Art and the creative vision of Inspirational Artists.

▪ We believe in artists first

▪ We believe in art as an act of self-expression, with no rules, intuitive, expressive, initiatory, meaningful, and the inner soul as the main driving source of inspiration

▪ We believe in an art that inspires, instructs and provides emotions to people, that opens minds and mentalities, that influences practices and policies, that expresses a message, a feeling, a state of consciousness, that transcends a reality

▪ We believe in equal opportunities for all talented, creative and inspiring artists to show their work worldwide no matter their origin, their background, their status, their renown or their connection to the art world

▪ We believe that the renown of an artist be based on his/her talent, originality, creativity, the aesthetic of his/her work, the deepness and pureness of his/her inspiration

▪ We believe in new technologies to bring the vision of Inspirational Artists to life

▪ We believe in collaboration instead of competition, bringing in diversity into unity, encouraging the collective rather than the individual

▪ We believe in more Inspirational Art in our daily life to stimulate collective consciousness, taking art out of the traditional art premises.

ATHLETIC JUNCTION

​Athletic Junction (AJ) provides comfortable and affordable apparel for sports fans.  As of late, they’ve become vendors for numerous schools, sports leagues, training facilities, sports agencies and emerging businesses throughout Northern America.

Presently, Michael V. Parker II alongside of his partner Justin Harper helm Athletic Junction. Both have participated in NCAA Division I teams as well as played on professional franchises. With a substantial background in sports, they inherently understand what a fan craves. 

Their attire has been proudly worn by dozens of professionals within the entertainment and sports industries. Some of their most recent philanthropic efforts include the following: becoming a strategic brand partner of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Special Operations Warrior Foundation and aiding disaster relief efforts for orphans in Port au Prince, Haiti. 

They possess an insatiable desire to inspire and expand Athletic Junction’s influence.  “We are a young company with ENORMOUS ASPIRATIONS!,” asserts Parker.  

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SHAKIRAS “EL DORADO”

SHAKIRA’S EL DORADO NOMINATED FOR BEST LATIN POP ALBUM AT THE 60TH ANNUAL GRAMMY® AWARDS

EL DORADO WINS BEST CONTEMPORARY POP VOCAL ALBUM AT THE 18th ANNUAL LATIN GRAMMY® AWARDS

SHAKIRA MAINTAINS HER RECORD OF MOST LATIN GRAMMYS WON BY A FEMALE ARTIST

Thirteen-time GRAMMY® Award-winner and international superstar Shakira has been nominated for Best Latin Pop Album at the 60th Annual GRAMMY® Awards for El Dorado. Shakira also took home the Latin GRAMMY® Award for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album at the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY® Awards for El Dorado. Hosted by Jaime Camil and Roselyn Sánchez, the awards took place at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on November 16, 2017.

 

In addition to its Latin GRAMMY® win, El Dorado has enjoyed huge successes – spending 25 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Latin Pop charts, 20 of which were consecutive and the latest single “Perro Fiel” is the #1 song on Latin Pop radio this week.

 

With eleven Latin GRAMMY® awards, Shakira is the most awarded female artist of all time. Hosted by James Corden, the 60th Annual GRAMMY®Awards will air live from Madison Square Garden in New York City on January 28, 2018 on CBS at 7:30PM EST.

 

About Shakira

Over the course of her career, Colombian singer-songwriter and GRAMMY® winner Shakira has sold over 60 million records worldwide and has won numerous awards including two GRAMMYs®, eight Latin GRAMMYs®, and several World Music Awards, American Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards, to name a few. She is the only artist from South America to have a number one song in the US, and has had four of the 20 top-selling hits of the last decade. At the age of 18, she founded the Pies Descalzos (Barefoot) Foundation which currently provides education and nutrition to over six thousand impoverished children in Colombia and is expanding its work to other countries, including newly launched projects in Haiti and South Africa. In October 2011, Shakira was named a member of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.  Shakiraserved as coach on the 4th and 6th season of “The Voice,” NBC’s hit reality vocal competition series that searches for the nation’s best voice. Her tenth studio album “Shakira” was released in 2014, featuring hits such as “Can’t Remember to Forget You,” with Rihanna and “La La La (Brazil 2014)” which she performed at the finals of Fifa’s World Cup 2014 in Brazil. In 2016, she starred as Gazelle in Disney’s record-breaking film “Zootopia,” as well as contributing to its soundtrack with “Try Everything”. In June, she launched “La Bicicleta” with fellow Colombian artist Carlos Vives, which broke records in Colombia when it remained #1 for 18 consecutive weeks and spent 13 weeks at #1 in Spain, as well as reaching #1 on US Latin iTunes. The video, shot in Shakira and Carlos’s hometowns of Barranquilla and Santa Marta, respectively, has over one billion views on Vevo to date. It was followed up by the seductive track “Chantaje” (Blackmail) feat. Maluma. With over 1.9 billion views on YouTube, it is one of the platform’s biggest Latin hits in history. It also reached #1 on the “Latin Airplay” chart and was certified 16x platinum by RIAA. Following “Chantaje,” the music video for “Déjà vu” has reached over 251M views, “Me Enamoré,” co-directed by Shakira has over 484M views, and her most recently released video, “Perro Fiel” featuring Nicky Jam, is at over 300 million views. Shakira recently released her 11th studio album, “El Dorado” which was recorded primarily in Spanish. Upon release, the album charted #1 on iTunes in 37 countries.

 

 

RARE BASQUIAT PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALEXIS ADLER

Cultural venture caribBEING—an organization that illuminates the global Caribbean experience through arts and culture—who is partaking in a one-month residency at Brooklyn Museum, is presenting the exhibition Life With Basquiat, comprised of rare Jean-Michael Basquiat photos from the collection of his friend and ex-lover, Alexis Adler. The exhibition—held in the organization’s mobile shipping container, caribBEING House—depicts an experimental period before Basquiat’s meteoric rise in the art world, when Adler lived with Basquiat on East 12th Street in 1979 and 1980, and is on view through August 28.

Adler’s photographs offer a rare glimpse into the private life of the storied New York painter and street artist, as told through photographs—including images of his high school drawings and graffiti art. Adler met Basquiat in 1979, after she graduated from Barnard with a degree in biology. He was 19; she was 23. During their brief time together, Basquiat used whatever materials he could find to create mixed-media art. He made ends meet by selling sweatshirts on the street. Adler’s collection is a testament to Basquiat’s artistic genius in its formative years. “Throughout his short life, Jean Michael was a prolific artist, working with whatever he could get his hands on to create,” Adler said. “I’m happy to share my collection with the community via caribBEING and Brooklyn Museum as a way to pay tribute to the brilliance of my dear friend.”

Basquiat rose to fame as an artist in his 20s before dying in 1988 at the age of 27. He was a Brooklyn native of Caribbean heritage; his family hails from Haiti and Puerto Rico. “We are thrilled to partner with the Brooklyn Museum to offer this special glimpse into the formative years of an artistic genius,” said Shelley Worrell, Founder of caribBEING. “We are looking forward to connecting with the community to share this chapter of Basquiat’s life story while also drawing attention to a great Caribbean-American artist.” Lauren Argentina Zelaya, Assistant Curator of Public Programs at the Brooklyn Museum, who was a key architect of this residency, states: “Jean-Michel Basquiat is obviously a beloved artist and cultural figure in Brooklyn and we’re excited to honor his Caribbean heritage as a part of our month long celebration of 50 years of the West Indian American Labor Day Parade,” Zelaya said. “He was a junior member of the museum as a young person, so this glimpse into his younger years is a perfect fit. We hope his legacy continues to inspire young artists and creatives who visit us at the museum.”

During the month of caribBEING’s exhibit, visitors are invited to the mobile art center caribBEING House in Brooklyn Museum’s Biergarten to share J’ouvert stories, contribute to a collective Caribbean Newsstand with artist Lizania Cruz in addition to viewing Adler’s collection. Visitors on Saturday afternoons can partake in special storytelling activations on Caribbean cultureCaribbean Artists, and J’Ouvert. Free and open to the public.

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