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24852: Wilentz (comment) re: 24845: Morris re: 24841 on Andre Pierre
Amy Wilentz <email@example.com>
I can't begin to say how strongly I feel about the genius of Andre
Pierre. If he'd lived in Paris instead of in the far reaches of the old
French empire, he might have been recognized for his artistic genius,
but instead he lies forgotten by the world -- Picasso would have
understood the pain of this public oblivion, a terrible fate for an
artist of Pierre's calibre.
We on the outside care so much that he be remembered, but I find it hard
to believe that Pierre would really have minded. He was very much
located in the here and now, and loved to befuddle outsiders and vistors
with mythy mysteries and ancient lore, rum poured out over the hard
ground of his lakou -- plus his endless visionary prophesying.
I often wondered if he was kind to his circle of relations (when I last
discussed family matters with him, he told me he had 32 children -- and
that was a long time ago), and where his political loyalties might lie.
But his dazzling world of rainbows and tambou and loas made all these
worldy quibbles seem less than central.
Well, I will miss him when he's gone. I wish I had a painting.