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Dapper Bruce Lafitte

Dapper Bruce Lafitte (b. 1972 New Orleans) is a self-trained artist who began making and showing work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to commemorate the then-decimated street culture of parades and marching bands of New Orleans.

He has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally, notably at the Prospect Biennial, New Orleans, and in solo shows at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum, Biloxi, MS; M+B Gallery, Los Angeles; Fierman Gallery, New York; Gryder Gallery, New Orleans; Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, and Vacant Gallery, Tokyo. Lafitte’s work has been in group shows and fairs at the Brodsky Center, New York; Dieu Donné, New York; Tatjana Pieters, Belgium; and the Outsider Art Fair, Paris. Lafitte’s next solo exhibition, The Game is Mine, will be at Alchemy Gallery starting March 7. Lafitte’s work is held in the permanent collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art, and has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine and Victory Journal. In 2009, he was a recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation artist award and was a mentee by renowned curator and tastemaker Diego Cortez prior to his passing in 2021.

Canal and Carrollton Ave on a Saturday, 62×42 inches archival ink on acid free paper, 2023
Canal and Claiborne Ave Saturday Night, 62×42 inches archival ink on acid free paper, 2024
Fat Tuesday in the Lafitte Projects, 62×42 inches archival ink on acid free paper, 2024
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  1. […] Dapper Bruce Lafitt joined us to talk about The Game is Mine, his solo exhibition at Alchemy Gallery. Growing up, he followed his grandmother’s advice, trying different things as he searched for what to do with his life. He thought of this process like a game. Now as a professional artist, he is in control, and the game, so to speak, is his. To learn more about Lafitt’s life and work, listen to the complete interview. […]


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