Expired: Skinner Inc. Auction : William Trotter
On November 7, Skinner Inc. will hold an eclectic auction of American Indian and ethnographic art including objects collected by ship Captain William Trotter during his voyages in the Pacifi c and Atlantic oceans between 1781 and 1796. Included will be a rare eight-foot-long Tongan spear club presented to Trotter by a Tongan king during a reprovisioning s topover in 1796 (est. $15,000–$20,000) and an Aleutian Island straw purse, made of American dune grass or beach wild rye grass, natural and red-dyed sea mammal gut, blue-dyed wool or mammal hair, with nativetanned rawhide closure, produced by a culture known for its exceptionally fi ne twining. The purse is dated to 1792 and estimated at $6,000–$8,000. Trotter’s ship logs from these voyages were recently sold by Skinner for $22,140.
On November 9, Artcurial will hold a sale dedicated to Africanist painters from a Parisian private collection. Among its many offerings will be eleven paintings by the French artist Jacques Majorelle. A preview of the sale will be held in September.
Expired: Beauté Congo – 1926-2015 – Congo Kitoko
A place of extraordinary cultural vitality, the creative spirit of the Democratic Republic of the Congo will be honored in the exhibition Beauté Congo – 1926-2015 – Congo Kitoko presented at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain with André Magnin, Chief Curator. Taking as its point of departure the birth of modern painting in the Congo in the 1920s, this ambitious exhibition will trace almost a century of the country’s artistic production. While specifically focusing on painting, it will also include music, sculpture, photography, and comics, providing the public with the unique opportunity to discover the diverse and vibrant art scene of the region.
Expired: New Arts of the Pacific Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Nearly eighty artworks spanning the myriad cultures inhabiting the vast reaches of the Pacific Ocean were recently brought to light again with the unveiling in November of the new Arts of the Pacific Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This diverse display, which includes a number of recent acquisitions, represents four main cultural spheres: Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and the islands of Southeast Asia (including Indonesia and the Philippines). The installation explores the ideas and aesthetic traditions both that are held in common by and that differentiate the many cultures of the region. Set at the nexus of the museum’s South, Southeast, and East Asian galleries, the space reinforces the Pacific’s role as a crossroads of cultures. Rather than a chronological or geographic arrangement, the gallery is grouped thematically, highlighting conceptual and stylistic connections between islands that have been linked through centuries of migration, trade, and religious evolution. The artworks range from masks and figurative sculpture to architectural elements and objects of daily use. Many of them entered the collection through generous gifts from the collections of William E. and Bertha L. Teel and Governor Carlton Skinner and Solange Skinner.
Expired: Cologne Fine Art
Cologne Fine Art offers a spectrum ranging across epochs that does not exist in this form in Germany a second time: from antiquities through to contemporary art, to art of the 19th Century and of the 20th Century but also Asian Art, Carpets/Tapestries, Design, Furniture, Handcrafts, Icons, Jewellery, Non European Art, Old Masters, Porcelain, Prints/Books, Sculptures, Silver, Watches, and Works on Paper. Like looking through a prism, the fair presents a bundles offering with many colours and facets. The interplay of stylistic directions consciously promoted by the architecture of the fair enables new perspectives on the already familiar, but also surprising new discoveries. Quality is the highest priority for one of the most tradition-steeped art fairs in the world. This is appreciated equally by galleries, art dealers, acollectors and friends of art. Cologne Fine Art 2015 invites you to take part in a journey through the world of good art.
Expired: THEMA Sablon 2015
Founded by seven non-European art galleries, the fifth annual THEMA Sablon will be held this coming November 25–28, this year with twenty-five participants specializing in a variety of fields. The concept of the event remains the same: Each gallery presents a thematic exhibition, transforming the Sablon into a center for the exploration of a wealth of art in all its nuances. The event, which has been gaining popularity and attendance every year, was not conceived of as an art fair per se but rather as a stroll through the cultural locus that galleries represent. Art is an important part of this to be sure, but so is knowledge and information.
Expired: Adams, Curtis, and Weston: Photographers of the American West
The lure of the American West has entranced many over the last two hundred years. While the reality of the region and its complex cultural interactions were layered and specific, the sweeping vista perceived from the outside was the work of artists, first painters and engravers and later photographers. Three of the most celebrated twentieth-century American photographers, Ansel Adams, Edward S. Curtis, and Edward Weston, were particularly influential in defining the sense of the beauty and peril of the West. An upcoming exhibition at the Bowers Museum titled Adams, Curtis, and Weston: Photographers of the American West documents the changing Western landscape they photographed, defined, and, in many cases, created. The show will be on view from May 16– November 29, 2015.
Expired: Sotheby's: works from West Africa, Cameroon, and Oceania from the René and Odette Delenne Collection
Sotheby’s December 2 sale will include eightyfour exceptional lots arranged in three groups according to the collections from which they derive. The core of the sale consists of works from West Africa, Cameroon, and Oceania from the René and Odette Delenne Collection. The most eagerly awaited pieces in the sale are undoubtedly the well-known Grasslands Batoufam royal couple, first documented in the 1920s and shown at the 1988 Utotombo exhibition at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels. The second part of the sale is made up of African works from the Murray Frum Collection, highlights of which include an important Baga shoulder mask from Guinea and a Luba fi gural staff from DR Congo. A variety of “various owner” pieces round out the sale. Many of the works offered, such as a sumptuous Ndassa Kota that has been the property of an Alsatian family since 1935, have never been on the market in recent memory. The cocktail preview for this sale will be held on Friday, November 27, during which the winners of the 2015 International Tribal Art Book Prize will be announced. The prize is awarded by Tribal Art magazine in partnership with Sotheby’s to the fi eld’s best new publications in English and French categories, selected by an independent international jury.
Expired: Bonhams: sale of African and Oceanic art at Los Angeles
Bonhams will hold a sale of African and Oceanic art at its Los Angeles location on December 2, 2015. One of the highlights of the sale will be a rare Maori ceremonial digging-stick step, teka, from the Ngati Kahungunu area of Hawke’s Bay. Stone carved and an early example, this chiefl y object would have been used to ritually initiate new agricultural plots for growing sweet potatoes. Also featured is a large Tahitian female fi gure, ti‘i, formerly in the collection of E. F. Harris, a founding member of the Polynesian Society. Leading the African section will be an unusual Kwele mask with a human face and horns, collected in the 1920s in Gabon. From the 1950s to the 1970s, it was part of the George Oltay Collection in South Africa, from which it was lent to exhibitions in that country in the sixties and seventies.
Expired: Christie's: Tribal art sale in Paris
Christie’s Paris will hold its December tribal art sale on December 3, featuring more than 100 rigorously selected works, some of which are hitherto unknown and appear on the market for the first time. The most coveted lot in the auction, estimated at between two and three million euros, will be the famous Fang figure that André Fourquet bought at the sale of the Paul Guillaume Collection in 1965 and which comes to market from another private collection. Also of note is the Coray-Kerchache Kota, a significant Ndassa reliquary guardian figure formerly owned by notable Swiss collector Han Coray and later famed French art aficionado Jacques Kerchache. An important Yombe (Democratic Republic of Congo) nail figure, formerly in the Raymond Wielgus Collection will be among the other noteworthy African objects in this auction. The arts of Oceania will be well represented as well. This section is led by an important Saibai Island (Torres Strait) mask from the Jolika Collection at the de Young Museum of San Francisco. Also featured is the rare Paiwanese sculpture from the village of Lai in Taiwan that garnered so much admiration and attention when it was presented at the Arts de Taiwan exhibition at Galerie Kamer in 1973.