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OPENING TODAY: “Visions from the Forests: The Art of Liberia and Sierra Leone” will be on view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art through Aug. 17. The exhibition features some 70 artworks from the collection of William Siegmann (1943–2011) that survey the traditional arts of Liberia and Sierra Leone. Siegmann, a former curator of African art at the Brooklyn Museum, lived and worked in Liberia from 1965 to 1987. While there, he began collecting art from Liberia and Sierra Leone. Siegmann’s collection, particularly rich in masks, provides an overview of the region’s traditional art forms, including numerous objects used in men’s and women’s initiation associations, jewelry and prestige objects of cast brass and horn, small stone figures dating from the 15th to the 18th centuries, and woven and dyed textiles.
Sotheby's presents a selling exhibition of paintings by Jean-Michel Atlan, taking place in Paris in April. Offering an expansive look at some of the artist's most iconic works, the exhibition will be complemented by highlights from the upcoming African & Oceanic Art auctions in New York and Paris on 16 May and 18 June. These figures will pay tribute to one of the most atypical artists from the post-war generation.
Native American art
"Plains Indians" at the Musée du Quai Brnaly as from Tuesday April 9 until Sunday July 20.
The exhibition consists of 140 objects and artworks which present a continuous view of the aesthetic traditions of the Plains Indians, from the 16th to the 20th century, offering an unprecedented vision of these traditions.
A chance to visit or revisit the transformation Mask exhibition. Video and photos featuring the recent show, Transformation Masks and Artistic Metamorphosis curated by Thomas Murray are available on the website of the gallery.
Below is a list of results for recent auctions of African, Oceanic, American Indian, and pre-Columbian art. This information is generated by the individual auction houses that held the sales. Please don't hesitate to alert us to other results using the "contact" button to the left so that this space is always current.
Visit Melbourne Museum from 9 April until 10 August 2014 and discover the Aztecs’ ingenious agricultural technology, bustling trade and array of gods. There are stories of war, the arrival of Spanish explorers, how Cortés the conquistador met Moctezuma the Aztec ruler, and human sacrifice. Aztecs was developed by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in partnership with the National Council for Culture and the Arts - National Institute of Anthropology and History - Mexico, the Australian Museum and Museum Victoria.
Fair and Show
Madison Ancient and Tribal Art (MATA) remains at the same location as the past two years at the ARADER Gallery, 1016 Madison Avenue. Dealers in this event include Marc Assayag from Montreal; Kellim Brown, Kevin Conru, and Adrian Schlag from Brussels; Joshua Dimondstein from California; Wayne Heathcote from Miami; P.-M. Boyd from Seattle; Splendors of the World from Hawaii; Leonard Kalina from Los Angeles; and Bruce Frank, Jacaranda Tribal, Amyas Naegele, Michael Oliver, and James Stephenson from New York. A number of permanent New York galleries are also associated : Alaska on Madison, Art For Eternity, Arte Primitivo, Fernandez Leventhal, and Pace Primitive. All the details are available on www.matanyc.com
Fair and Show
in its fourth year, the AOA Tribal Art Fair has moved location from the Fletcher-Sinclair mansion to the Tambaran Gallery building at 5 E. 82nd Street, directly across the street from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This year’s participants will include Ben Hunter from London; Galerie Flak from Paris; Galerie J. Visser and Horma Visser Koottmar from Brussels; and Tambaran Gallery, Moreau Gallery, Claudia Giangola and John Menser (Ancient Art of the New World), and Gail Martin Gallery from New York. The AOA Tribal Art Show will run from May 15-18.
Last autumn, a portion of the massive collection of art of Africa, Oceania, and Indonesia amassed by the late Allan Stone was offered at Sotheby’s in New York City. On May 16, the
second part of the collection will be offered, this time
including Pre-Columbian and Native American art in addition
to the African material. The sale is led by a monumental
Kongo-Yombe nail figure from the Democratic
Republic of the Congo (est. in the region of $1 million). Other highlights include a strikingly cubistic Baule
gbekre monkey figure from Côte d’Ivoire, a Songye-Kalebwe power figure
by the Master of the Bulbous Copper Eyes, another Kongo nail figure from the Chiloango River region and a Kongo-Vili power figure in the form of a Janus-headed dog.
Preview in New York: May 10 - 15.
Native American art
LAST DAYS: “The New Found Land”: Engravings by Theodor de Bry from the Collection of Michael N. Joyner, at the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill until April 13, 2014, highlights prints made by the Franco-Flemish engraver Theodor de Bry (1528–1598) to illustrate the 1590 edition of A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia by Thomas Harriot. De Bry’s images and Harriot’s text offered Europeans a detailed account of the appearance and customs of Native Americans encountered in 1585 by the British settlers on Roanoke Island, off the coast of what is now North Carolina. In addition to the illustrations for Harriot’s book, the installation includes portraits, maps, and other materials related to the so-called “Age of Exploration” 400 years ago, as well as a selection of Native American artifacts.