THE METAL ART OF HAITI
2331 St. Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117 504-710-4506
History of Barrister's Gallery
"Barrister's The heaven of
hell on earth" Marilyn
folk and ethnographic art moved in July after 23 years
at 526 Royal Street. The new space at 1724 Oretha
Castle Haley Boulevard is 10 times as large as the old
French Quarter landmark, allowing rotating exhibits of
gallery artists, as well as more breathing room for
the Asian, African, and Oceanic art. But the weird,
claustrophobic, Twilight Zone atmosphere of the former
location will not be forgotten by the generations of
artists it affected."
the old Barrister's
on Royal street in the French Quarter
while giving both Andy and the art a bit of breathing
space, hasn't changed the Gallery's spirit. If
anything, it's intensified it; he has carved out about
2,500 square feet for an exhibition space that gives
him a wonderful opportunity, every month, to mount
new, unorthodox and original, frightening and
enlightening exhibitions by both fine and folk
artists. And, as always, Andy will continue to feature
work by folks who are so far removed from the accepted
mainstream aesthetic that the term 'outsider artist'
doesn't even begin to describe their current location
in space and time. "
entered a Twilight Zone of its own devise, a Gothic
hyperspace on the far side... More than just a
gallery, it may have inadvertently become a kind of
conceptual art environment in its own right. And,
unlike most such things, it is an environment devoted
to a concept that is ultimately beyond all concepts:
the ancient and eternal mysteries of this planet and
the cosmos -- as well as lots of other freaky, weird
and far out stuff."
Eric Bookhardt, Gambit, 1994
and more beautiful things were spending too much time
in storage, and the artists represented all clamoring
for exhibition space, it became clear that it was time
for Barrister's to move to less congested quarters...
the new location at Oretha Castle
the new location at Oretha Castle
writer from The New York Times said that Barrister's
brought to mind a 'Shaman's attic.' Part of that
portrayal referred to the wide-ranging collection of
tribal art from
Africa, Indonesia, the
Pacific Basin, the Americas, and the Caribbean.
Those who have visited the gallery know that it does
look like a place where, for centuries, people have
been heaping up their talismans and totems a time
capsule into which ancient wizards and priestesses
and modern day medicine men and voodoo queens have
been and still are stashing everything that's
important and real for future generations to find.
"However, it also accurately described a space that
was cramped, somewhat (to put it kindly) cluttered,
and even a bit gloomy--in the Gothic sense of the
word. Of course all of that added to the ambiance as
much as it detracted from it. But finally, as more and
more beautiful things were spending too much time in
storage, and the artists he represents clamoring for
exhibition space, it became clear that it was time for
Barrister's to move to less congested quarters."
the new location at
Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
John Lawson was drawn to Barrister's for the
inspiration. "It's like a living museum," he explains.
In the tiny space on Royal Street (as even now in a
cavernous warehouse in Central City), was a forest of
African statues and masks, an aviary of beaded flags
and Mardi Gras Indian costumes, and a multiplying
bestiary of outsider art pieces.
Von Damitz, Where Y'at Magazine,
has an eye that others are beginning to appreciate. Add
to this an eclectic, carefully selected, and
ever-expanding assortment of the best primitive and
tribal work from around the globe, and you've got a
gallery with real art and soul."
Barrister's DVD available. Click Here for Details
Since March 2007, Barrister's Gallery has been located
at 2331 St Claude Ave, at the spear point of the St.
Claude Art District, and 10 minutes from The French
Quarter. Although we still keep available a fine
collection of ethnographic and outsider art, the
Gallery's emphasis is, as the New Orleans Underground
Guide notes, "on monthly-featured contemporary
exhibits in keeping with their focus on the eclectic,
unorthodox and freaky." Although the Gallery's hours
are equally "eclectic, unorthodox and freaky"--we are
always near-by, even on Sundays and after hours. (504
1/19th scale model of Barrister's Gallery by
Professor Christopher Saucedo