Expired: The Color Line - African-American artists and segregation
"The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line". Although the end of the Civil War in 1865 brought an end to slavery, the racial demarcation line continued to have a lasting impact on American society, as foreseen by the activist W.E.B. Du Bois in 1903 in The Soul of Black Folks. The exhibition The Color Line looks back on this dark period in the United States through the cultural history of its black artists, the prime target of this discrimination. From the racist themes of American vaudeville and the Minstrels shows of the 19th century to the cultural and literary vitality of the Harlem Renaissance of the early 20th century, from the pioneers of black activism (Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington) to the indictment of the singer Billie Holiday (Strange Fruit), almost 150 years of artistic production – painting, sculpture, photography, cinema, music, literature, etc. – testify to the creative wealth of black protest.
Expired: Congo Art Works. Popular painting
The reopening of the Musée Royal de l’Afrique Centrale in Tervuren (MRAC) is fast approaching, and that institution recently announced that the exhibition Congo Art Works: Popular Painting, on view at the BOZAR Center in Brussels, will be the final show it will stage outside its walls. Curated by Bambi Ceuppens and Sammy Baloji, this exhibition explores a painting movement that flourished in the Democratic Republic of Congo during the second half of the twentieth century. It includes examples of works by many of the movement’s major proponents, including Chéri Chérin, Chéri Samba, Shula, and Djilatendo, among others. This school of painting is firmly rooted in daily life and often incorporates humor, even though its subjects include serious matters such as religion, public health, and politics. The eighty pieces presented in the exhibition— canvases, drawings, and other works mainly from the Bogumil Jewsiewicki Collection that the MRAC acquired in 2013—together form a portrait of an epoch. A few older works from the museum’s ethnographic collection are juxtaposed with these more contemporary creations and are featured as highlights of the show, an inclusion welcomed by aficionados of the traditional arts of the region.
Expired: Traces: Reconstructing the History of a Chokwe Mask
The exhibition Traces focuses on one artwork from UMMA’s African holdings: a Chokwe mask that was collected in 1905 near the Angolan city of Dundo by the German explorer Leo Frobenius. Its presence at UMMA today—almost 7,500 miles away from the context in which it was originally created, used, and valued—is the result of a long and tumultuous journey, spanning a hundred years, three continents, and numerous people whose lives are forever connected to the artifact that passed through their hands. Traces tells the stories of some of these individuals as it reconstructs the “biography” of the mask. Drawing on the Museum’s African art collection and complemented with national loans, the exhibition is informed by research that exposes the mask’s many layers and restores some of its historical complexity. Visitors will be able to look closely, and in great detail, at this intriguing artwork and its fascinating story.
Expired: Winter Bruneaf 2017
The tribal art year in the Sablon neighborhood of Brussels begins once again with Winter BRUNEAF, the summer show’s “little brother,” which began in 2011. From January 18–22, 2017, around thirty specialized international dealers, some visitors and some permanent residents, will participate in this wintery event. African art is expected to be the show’s strongest suit. Two themed exhibitions have been announced. One will be devoted to power objects from Congo and will be presented at Galerie Congo, the exhibitions of which are always stimulating both visually and intellectually. The other, presented by Aboriginal Signature gallery and titled Empreintes éternelles (Eternal Imprints) will feature Aboriginal paintings from Australia’s Central Desert.
Expired: LARTA 2017
The biggest textile arts fair in Europe, the London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair (known by its acronym LARTA), created in 2011, is reinventing itself this year in the hope of attracting greater numbers of exhibitors and visitors. Its founder, Aaron Nejad, announced that this year’s event will be held from January 24–29 in Battersea Park as part of another prestigious winter fair, the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair. Moving to this stunning new venue will enable the fair to almost double the exhibition space and the number of exhibitors, which will include some of the top dealers in the country.
Expired: Journeys: Heritage of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands,
The new exhibition of the Bishop Museum examines the history and significance of a remote island chain to the northwest of the Hawaiian Archipelago. Now called Papahanaumokuakea and designated as both a marine national monument and a mixed UNESCO World Heritage Site, this northwestern part of the archipelago has long played a vital role in the cultural and natural history of the main Hawaiian Islands. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a group of eight ki‘i pahaku (stone figures) from a windy, treeless basalt island of only 1,200 yards long where surveys have identified some thirty-four ancient heiau, or shrines, the densest concentration of such ritual sites anywhere in the islands. Six of the ki‘i pahaku presented are from Bishop Museum’s ethnology collection and one each on loan from the Peabody Essex Museum and from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. These vesicular basalt figures are unlike those typically associated with other Hawaiian sites and have been likened by some to being stylistically closer to stone carvings from the Marquesas Islands than to those of Hawaii. Since the figures and the structures they are associated with long predate the historic period, they remain a mystery. In addition to other archaeological artifacts from the region, the exhibit also features memorabilia from the “Golden Age of Air Travel,” and showcases the functioning ecosystem and spiritual significance of Papahanaumokuakea as one of the world’s largest marine conservation areas, presenting it as a model for regeneration and revitalization of unique natural and cultural landscapes.
Expired: Feathers, visions of the Pre-Colombian America
From the beginning of the evangelization of Mexico, the religious have reused the art of Aztec feather workers to produce unique artworks that remain one of the symbols of New Spain. Amongst all the treasures and wealths brought back from Mexico, feather works certainly were the most appreciated items in Europe. This exhibition will consist of two parts : the first section will be dedicated to pre-Columbian feather works and to the importance of this material in mesoamerican cosmogony. The second space will feature the 6 scene mad of feathers kept in France, reunited for the first time. The installation will also describe the techniques used and the sometimes puzzling representations of the Americas in Europe. Finally, the exhibition will end on a more contemporary note with some artworks of the feather worker Nelly Saunier.
Expired: BRAFA 2017
A major Belgian art event, BRAFA (the Brussels Art Fair) is an outstanding general art and antiques fair in which tribal art is well represented. It will be presented at the Tour & Taxis exhibition space on Avenue du Port in Brussels. This year’s event will be marked by the return of Bernard de Grunne, who last participated in the show in 2004. He plans to present, among other things, two Pende masks from the DRC and a beautiful Yoruba bowl figure with a smooth and sensual surface. The many other Belgian exhibitors showing tribal art will include Pierre Dartevelle, Galerie Deletaille, Sarah de Monbrison; Galerie Grusenmeyer- Woliner; and Didier Claes, who will feature paintings by Sophie Cauvin displayed alongside major African sculptures from his gallery. Lastly, Serge Schoffel will present a varied selection of tribal artworks of fine quality. A number of tribal art dealers from outside Belgium will also participate in BRAFA. Amongst them, Jacques Germain, Yann Ferrandin, Bernard Dulon, and Galerie Schoffel de Fabry.
Expired: In Fine Feather: Selected Featherwork from Peabody Collections
Feathers, large and small, plain and colorful, have been used for millennia to enhance the beauty and power of clothing and other objects. Highlighting rare and beautiful pieces from Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology’s collection, a small but interesting exhibition explores the ways in which feathers have been used to signal or endow beauty, wealth, status, and spiritual well-being in cultures around the world. From a Peruvian mummy mask adorned with boldly colored feathers to delicate feather inlay jewelry, In Fine Feather: Selected Featherwork from Peabody Collections will feature unusual and rarely seen works of spiritual power and craftsmanship.
Expired: Berz Gallery of African Art : THE AUCTION 2017
From February 2-5 2017, Berz Gallery of African Art will hold its only online auction of African art this year. 117 objects are being placed at auction with no reserve and no buyer's premium. With the exception of 11 lots (identified accordingly), for purchases over $5000 usd, the price includes free shipping worldwide. 9 pieces have been deaccessioned from Museums, 81 pieces have been vetted by committees of tribal art experts as antique and authentic and exhibited at one or more of the most important and prestigious tribal shows in the world, more than 55 pieces have some publication history, either in books, tribal art catalogues, or museum or tribal archives of significance. And nearly all are sourced from the most reputable dealers, institutions, or private African art collections in the world.