Orleans is a complex metropolis with a distinctive multi-cultural base
offering some real thrills for visitors who are inclined to peruse galleries
and shops. One, Barristers Gallery, has become an institution in
the Big Easy. Its a spectacular folk art gallery, regarded as one
of the countrys finest. It combines the vernacular works of southern
self-taught masters with an outstanding African art collection, surrounded
by a mixture of Haitian and Voodoo carvings. If you look closely, you might
find a shrunken head or two.
and managed for over two decades by Professor Andy Antippas, who is the
sole representative of many of the artists exhibited, Barristers
Gallery relocated to more spacious quarters after a long run as a major
Royal Street attraction. We needed more space, said the Professor
recently, and we do have some very imposing objects in our inventory.
9,000 square feet of floor space and 28- foot ceilings, the paintings and
objects seem to jump at you. Its quite a forum for artists whose
works often evoke the spirit of the doomed, damned and disenchanted. In
between glasses of great wine, dinners at gourmet restaurants and the delight
of live jazz performances, Barristers Gallery might be that special
extra youve been looking for to enrich your New Orleans visit.
put, when you walk in the door to this spacious gallery, youre going
to stay for a few hours and leaving is a chore complicated by an urge to
buy something because you know you arent going to see anything like
it again anytime soon.
For example, a recent exhibition
which was described
New Orleans Noire, subtitled, The City That God Forgot.
a mixture of creations by local artists which displayed
the seamy underbelly of the city.
folk art collector and critic Bruce Shelton of Nashville
described Barristers as the best of its kind; pure excitement
filled with unbridled energy.
Gallery is located at 1724 Oretha Castle Blvd., and is open Monday through
Saturday. For more information, call 504.525.2767. The gentleman answering
the phone will be Professor Andy.
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