Expired: African Cosmos: Stellar Arts
The Carlos Museum hosts a major exhibition from the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian entitled African Cosmos: Stellar Arts , the first major exhibition exploring the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy and its intersection with traditional and contemporary African arts. Featuring more than seventy outstanding works of art from throughout the African continent, African Cosmos considers how the sun, moon, stars, and celestial phenomena such as lightning and rainbows have served as sources of inspiration in the creation of African art from ancient times to the present. The African Cosmos exhibition will demonstrate that observations of the heavens are part of the knowledge that informs origin stories, artistic expression, and ritual practice in African cultures. Standing at the core of creation myths and the foundation of moral values, celestial bodies are often accorded sacred capacities and are part of the “cosmological map” that allows humans to chart their course through life.
Expired: Matisse. Arabesque
An exhibition at Rome’s Scuderie del Quirinale curated by Ester Coen and on view through June 21, 2015, focuses on the Oriental influences on Henri Matisse which were both symbolized and epitomized by the arabesque designs that appear in his work. The cleanness of line, color, and expressiveness, as well as a preoccupation with surface quality, were hallmarks of Oriental art that Matisse passionately explored after he became acquainted with it. Matisse. Arabesque is built around affinities between the painter’s creations and non-European artworks of various origins in which he found inspiration. African works are among these, and the exhibition includes a number of sculptures and masks from private collections and from Rome’s Pigorini Museum, as well as a group of of Kuba textiles from the Democratic Republic of Congo and now in the collection of the Musée du Quai Branly, which once belonged to the venerable modern artist.
Expired: Artcurial: tribal art auction
On June 22, Artcurial will hold its first tribal art sale of 2015. Beginning on June 18, the nearly seventy works the auction house will offer will be on view at a public exhibition. The most coveted piece may well turn out to be a Zande-Nzakara harp from the Democratic Republic of Congo estimated between 30,000 and 50,000€. The object is of elegant form, with a small female head bearing exceptionally fine facial features crowning the top of the instrument’s neck, and it has the much sought-after Paul Eluard provenance. Other objects from prestigious collections, most notably that of the well-known collector and dealer René Withofs will be offered as well.
Expired: Auction : The Arnaud Collection
On June 22, Ader Nordmann auctioneers will sell some forty lots of African art from the collection of Jean-Robert Arnaud, an important collector who was close friends with dealer Olivier Le Corneur, from whom he acquired most of his objects. The pieces in the sale are primarily masks and figures from Mali, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Gabon, and the Congo. The conservative estimates likely will attract buyers. The event’s highlight will undoubtedly be the Baga bansonyi headcrest from Guinea that Arnaud acquired from Le Corneur. The serpent-shaped sculpture of impressive size was shown at the second Paris Tribal show and was collected in situ by Hélène Leloup while she was still married to Henri Kamer. About fifty works of this type are known, and they are coveted but rarely seen on the market.
Expired: Christie's: African, Oceanic and North American art
Christie’s has announced one of the most ambitious sales of tribal art it has ever assembled, which will be held June 23 at its Paris location. The auction will feature some two hundred pieces of African, Oceanic, and Native North American art, many of which have been available on the market only once or twice before over the course of the last century. Rigorously selected for their quality, the works exhibit an aesthetic that brings to mind the sculptural mastery that took center stage at the iconic Primitivism in 20th Century Art: Affinity of the Tribal and the Modern exhibition at MoMA in 1984. The sale’s relationship with this major and enduringly important exhibition is apparent in the piece that is unquestionably its highlight: a Kota reliquary guardian figure from Gabon, acquired in the early 1980s by William Rubin, the MoMA exhibition’s chief curator. This remarkable reliquary figure will be accompanied by many other prestigious works, including two objects from the important Vérité Collection: a Baga shoulder mask from Guinea and a Kru or Grebo mask from Liberia. A Jukun fi gure formerly in the Kerchache Collection, and a fi ne Maori nephrite club, whose beauty caught the eye of James Hooper, will undoubtedly also attract a great deal of attention.
Expired: Sotheby's: African and Oceanic Art Auction
Sotheby’s will hold the last of the Paris summer sales on June 24, with an auction featuring a selection of objects consigned by “various collectors.” In keeping with the trend of its most recent sales, a relatively limited number of lots will be offered. All are of high quality and include several iconic artworks as well as others that are new to the market, many of which are likely to be of interest to collectors. The most remarkable African masterpiece in the sale is the famous “Vérité double mask,” first seen in an article by F. H. Lem that appeared in the December 1950 issue of Tropique, Revue des Troupes Coloniales (#327). Also from that collection is a Baule nda mask from Côte d’Ivoire. For American Indian art, a raven rattle, probably Tlingit from the Pacific Northwest Coast. Two universes, as personal and subtle as they are different, will be featured as subcollections in this sale. The first is that of Liliane and Michel Durand- Dessert, from whose collection ten weathered works will be included. The second group has been labeled “Kongo Thought and Gesture.” It is comprised of twenty-four sculptures, some well known to the collecting community, selected from the collection of Daniel and Carmen Klein.
Expired: Wurtzburger African Art Gallery : Reopening April 26
The core of the African art collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art is a gift of 125 objects from the collection of Janet and Alan Wurtzburger that came to the museum in 1954. This marked the beginning of an early permanent display of African art there and assured a significant place for these then littleknown art forms within the museum’s growing collection. Now featuring more than 2,100 objects that span from ancient Egypt to contemporary Zimbabwe, the collection includes works from more than 200 African cultures in a full range of media. The gallery for the BMA’s African art collection is currently being expanded to more than three times its former size and relocated to the center of the museum’s first floor. This new Alan and Janet Wurtzburger African Art Gallery will open to the public April 26, 2015. More than 100 objects, many large scale, will address the impact of region, history, and culture on African art traditions. Several of these objects, such as the majestic Baga d’mba yoke from Guinea, are considered to be among the best of their kind.
Expired: Zemanek: 80th Tribal Art Auction
Fine old tribal art from Africa, Oceania, Asia, and America - (Native Americans and Inuit) - Pre-Columbian Art and Classical Antiquities. Auction, Wuerzburg - Saturday, the 27th of June 2015 – starting at 2 pm. Viewing, Auction house Wuerzburg - June, 24th until 26th – 10 am to 7 pm - June, 27th – 9 am to 1.30 pm. Catalogue (english-german): Europe 41 € , Overseas 48 € (incl. shipment). Online catalogue at www.tribal-art-auktion.de
Expired: À la conquête du pôle Sud
An unexplored continent, an unexpected race between nations with different strategies and goals... This exhibition recounts the race for the last great geographical prize on Earth at the beginning of the 20th century: to be the first to reach the South Pole. Visitors will discover men who surpassed themselves conquering the most extreme conditions on the planet and whose exploits paved the way for a century of scientific research in the Antarctic. A coproduction with the American Museum of Natural History (New York, USA) and the Royal BC Museum (Vic - toria, Canada).
Expired: Kuba Textiles: Geometry in Form, Space, and Time
Kuba Textiles: Geometry in Form, Space, and Time, at the Neuberger Museum of Art from March 1–June 28, 2015, is the first exhibition to bring together works from two of the earliest collections of Kuba textiles: the Musée Royal de l’Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, Belgium, founded by Leopold II in 1897; and the Sheppard Collection at Hampton University in Virginia, gathered between 1890 and 1910 by the American Presbyterian Congo missionary William Henry Sheppard, who in 1892 was the first Westerner to be received by a Kuba king. Additional important loans to the exhibition come from the Brooklyn Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and three private collections. In total, the exhibition features eightytwo Kuba artworks (forty-one textiles and forty-one objects), most being publicly exhibited for the first time.