Expired: Christie's Preview
Christie’s will hold two previews of its June 23 Paris sale at its Rockefeller Center headquarters from May 1–3 and May 8–12. Highlights include an important Jukun figure formerly owned by Jacques Kerchache and documented by anthropologist Arnold Rubin. In addition to other strong sculptural offerings, the sale will include a fine selection of Yoruba beadwork of a quality not seen in the market since the early 1990s and a rare Bamileke beaded head, atwonzen, from Cameroon, published by Pierre Harter.
Expired: African, Oceanic & Pre-Columbian Art Auction
Sotheby’s will hold its spring sale of art from Africa, Oceania, and the ancient Americas in New York on May 15. It will be led by a rare Pende helmet mask that was featured in the 1984 Primitivism show at MOMA. Also featured will be highlights from the New York estate of the late Helena Segy and, by extension, the personal collection of her noted husband, Ladislas Segy. Significant among these are a rare Ngbandi ivory spoon and an unusually early Kota reliquary. A large and fine Lobi couple from the collection of Karl-Ferdinand Schaedler and an Mbembe figure once owned by Georg Baselitz will also be offered. An unusual highlight of the sale is an extremely early Kanak stone figure from New Caledonia. It was collected by the missionary Père Pierre Lambert between 1856 and 1863. He published it in 1880 and again in 1900, after which it remained largely unknown in French and Dutch missionary collections until it resurfaced in the Kanak exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly in 2013. The preview for this New York sale will also feature highlights from Sotheby’s upcoming June 24 sale of African and Oceanic art to be held in Paris. Preview as from May 9th until May 14th from 10am until 5pm.
Expired: Indigenous Beauty
Drawn from the celebrated Native American art collection of Charles and Valerie Diker, Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection at the Seattle Art Museum features 122 masterworks representing tribes and First Nations across the North American continent. These captivating objects convey the extraordinary breadth and variety of Native American experience in North America. The exhibition shows the deep historical roots of Native art and its dynamism, as well as the living cultures and traditions of Native American groups through to the contemporary era. Indigenous Beauty emphasizes three interrelated themes—diversity, beauty, and knowledge—that relate both to the works’ original contexts and to the ways in which they might be experienced by non-Native visitors in a contemporary museum setting.
Expired: L'anatomie des chefs-d'oeuvre
The musée du quai Branly was the first museum in the world to acquire its own 3D digital image processing system dedicated to the investigation of works of art. With the installation of THE ANATOMY OF A MASTERPIECE, the museum intends to provide visitors with an introduction to these new technologies in research and restoration and to present the surprising results of these new analyses. The digitisation of works with supernatural virtues is not intended to reveal their secret or their magic, which is primarily the fruit of power and the actions of those who use it in the context of a ritual, but rather to provide additional information about its history by enabling the material to speak. While this technique reveals their invisible structure, the mystery of their objects and their use remains intact, in the same way as the immaterial heritage linked to the ritual context which belongs to other fields of study.
Expired: AOA NY art fair
Now in its fifth year, the AOA NY art fair will be held at Tambaran Gallery from May 14–17, 2015. Somewhat reduced in size from previous years, this event remains a worthy destination, the more so since besides its dealer roster—which this year includes Galerie Flak from Paris and Mark Eglinton and James Trotta-Bono from New York, among others—it is crosspollinating with contemporary art in the hope of attracting more than the usual tribal art audience. These contemporary works have been selected because of their harmonious affinity with the traditional arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.
Expired: Madison Ancient and Tribal Art (MATA)
Madison Ancient and Tribal Art (MATA) will feature displays of art from Africa, Oceania, Indonesia, and the Americas arrayed on four floors of the townhouse that once housed the venerable Perls Galleries. Exhibiting dealers include Marc Assayag, Kellim Brown, Bruce Frank, Wayne Heathcote, Jacaranda Tribal, Patrick Mestdagh, Nasser & Co, Michael Oliver, Michael Rhodes, Splendors of the World, and James Stephenson. Other MATA members will be holding special exhibitions off-site on the Upper East Side. These include Arte Primitivo, Pace Primitive, and Hunt Fine Arts.
Expired: Amsterdam Trail 2015
During The Amsterdam Trail contemporary artists will exhibit their work in galleries specialized in ethnographic and Asiatic art. Contemporary jewelry, statues, video’s, pictures will be exhibited in combination with ritual African masks, shields from New Guinea, Tibetan daggers and pre-Columbian pottery.
Expired: Larrakitj : Aboriginal memorial poles by Wukun Wanambi
This contemporary art installation by Aboriginal Australian artist Wukun Wanambi addresses a series of important ideas about ancestral power, the significance of land and the search for meaning. Aboriginal Australian memorial poles – known as larrakitj – are hollow coffins created to hold the bones of the dead in secondary burial. Placed in groups on significant sites and painted with clan symbols, they are left to deteriorate with wind and weather. Contemporary artist Wukun Wanambi belongs to the Yolngu people of northern Arnhem Land and has worked innovatively with this longstanding art form for over a decade. Wukun’s work is an exploration into traditional forms with deep connections to clan, territory and ancestral stories. The display in Room 3 is a large sculptural work featuring three finished poles alongside three poles revealing the tree beneath. Starting from a raw, unpainted log, this visual progression unveils the sculptural elements beneath the painted clan designs, and references complex religious and philosophical ideas at the core of Wukun’s work. It is one part of the research project related to the BP exhibition Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation which saw a group of Indigenous artists invited to London in order to make artworks in response to objects in the Museum’s collection.
Expired: Keeping Secrets: The Fetish in African Art
From April 24–May 30, the Rhona Hoffman Gallery, which usually shows modern and contemporary art, will host Keeping Secrets: The Fetish in African Art. This special exhibition is organized in conjunction with the Douglas Dawson Gallery, which has specialized in tribal art for more than thirty years. The show will examine the production of fetishes in traditional African societies. These are a corpus of works that is as diverse in its forms as it is in the contexts in which the objects were used. Despite their importance and the fundamental role they played in the preservation of harmony and cultural values in traditional African societies, these pieces have often been misunderstood and little appreciated in the West. It will feature a selection of about fifty pieces, mostly from Western and Central Africa, and includes wooden sculptures, ceramics, textiles, and iron objects.
Expired: RB Gallery - New gallery in Brussels
NEW GALLERY Brussels—Since October, African art collectors in Brussels likely will have noticed that the Sablon district has become home to the new RB Gallery. The two-letter moniker represents the initials of its creator and director, Roger Bourahimou, who was born in Kisangani in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has been well known since the 1990s both for his knowledge of the art of his native land and for his ability to fi nd old pieces for French and Belgian collectors and dealers. He opened his fi rst gallery with his friend, Renaud Riley, in the Sablon area in 2007. Called 2R Ritual, they participated in several important fairs, including BRUNEAF and Parcours des Mondes. Their partnership ended in 2012, and Bourahimou worked from home for two years. The opening of this new gallery represents the beginning of a new phase for him, a serious undertaking supported by his experience and knowledge in the fi eld. We wish him great success.