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The sacred stone of the Maori

Expired: The sacred stone of the Maori

From May 23 2017 to Oct 01 2017

New Zealand’s Te Papa Tongarewa Museum and the Ngāi Tahu iwi (family clan) will be represented at the Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac until October 1, 2017. The subject is pounamu, the Maori term for the sacred green stone that is characteristic of their art. Innocuous looking in its native state, this stone is found in the riverbeds of Te Waipounamu, or the South Island. This five-part exhibition presents the rich and varied culture of New Zealand’s first inhabitants. The first navigators arrived there some 800 years ago, guided by the stars from other parts of Polynesia, and named their new land Aotearoa, or “long white cloud,” based on their first sighting of it. The exhibition explores the origins, composition, and different varieties of pounamu, as well as the myths and stories that are associated with it. One legend says that pounamu holds within it the infinite beauty of Waitaki, a young woman transformed into stone by her lover in order to escape the wrath of her husband.

Papuan Inspiration

Expired: Papuan Inspiration

From Jun 04 2017 to Oct 01 2017

Galerie Franck Marcelin will host an atypical exhibition devoted to ceramics by Vincent Buffile that were inspired by the art of Papua New Guinea. Now the head of the atelier his mother, Léonie Sautet, founded in 1945, Buffile discovered New Guinea art at the 2000 exhibition devoted to it at the Musée des Arts Africains, Océaniens et Amérindiens de la Vieille Charité in Marseilles. His response to it was as strong as it was fertile. Soon after he started work on a series of plates that would take years to complete. The Papuan influences in these are clear, both in the decorative designs and in the ochre and black hues with which they are colored.

The Thaw Collection

Expired: The Thaw Collection

The Metropolitan Museum of art
From May 09 2017 to Oct 08 2017

Eugene V. Thaw has long been recognized as a leading dealer and collector of Old Master drawings and paintings as well as contemporary art. Having started a gallery on West 44th Street after WWII, he moved his business to Madison Avenue in 1962 and developed it into a place of international repute, representing famed artists and selling to institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. His personal passion had long been Old Master, Renaissance, and German Expressionist art, but also came to include Eurasian antiquities. Thaw and his wife, Clare, first began acquiring indigenous American art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1987. From the outset, they approached American Indian material culture as fine art, applying the same exacting standards of connoisseurship that they applied to other areas of their collection. They have engaged in a thirty-year quest to assemble exceptional works of art produced by cultures throughout North America. In 1991 the Thaws decided to share their collection with the American public by donating it to the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York, where it is on permanent view. They have continued to add to their donation there ever since. American Indian Art from the Fenimore Museum: The Thaw Collection, at the Met until October 8, 2017, highlights thirty-eight Native American masterworks from the Thaw Collection drawn from the holdings of the Fenimore. It features landmark creations in a range of media by gifted artists across North America—from the Arctic to the Southwest and the Eastern Woodlands to the Pacific Northwest—and encompasses close to 1,200 years of artistic tradition and innovation.

The Aztec Hotel

Expired: The Aztec Hotel

From Jun 20 2017 to Oct 08 2017

This summer, the musée du quai Branly will host an exhibition dedicated to American popular culture that revisits Meso-American art and archaeology. In the late 19th and 20th century, Mayan cities discovered hidden in the jungle unleashed the passions of many Western explorers, architects and archaeologists. The mystery surrounding it all, fueled the imagination of the Western world. The exhibition "Aztec Hotel" explores this “Mayamania" through a series of books, illustrations, posters, films and vintage record sleeves. Memorable are the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles with Pre-Columbian style elements and the Mayan-inspired costumes of the famous choreographer Martha Graham. The Neo-Mayan houses of architect Frank Lloyd Wright also made a lasting impression. Sven Kirsten, specialist in Tiki culture, conceived this exhibition which will be held at the Atelier Martine Aublet until October 8, 2017.

PAD London 2017

Expired: PAD London 2017

From Oct 02 2017 to Oct 08 2017

Set in the vibrant heart of Mayfair, PAD is London’s leading fair for 20th Century art, design and decorative arts. Prominent international galleries from major cities across Europe, North America and Asia come together to offer an exceptional panorama of the most coveted and iconic works available on the market today.
This year, PAD London will include displays by two major Parisian dealers: Lucas Ratton and Alain de Monbrison.
The first, whose gallery is located in the heart of the Saint-Germain des Prés art district, is specialised in the ritual artworks of Africa. He will present at the PAD London a beautiful set of African masks.
The second will exhibit a varied selection of classic art of the Ivory Coast, a region of Africa characterized by a great diversity and an astonishing richness of form. The exhibition will include a Baule "twins" double-mask, masterpiece of balance, and a Senoufo female sculpture of strong symbolic significance. The catalog is available online here .

Frieze Masters 2017

Expired: Frieze Masters 2017

From Oct 05 2017 to Oct 08 2017

The arts of Africa, Oceania, Asia, and the Americas will once again be well represented in this outstanding fair dedicated to modern and historic art. Faithful exhibitors at the event include Galerie Entwistle, Galerie Meyer, and Galerie de Grunne, whose fine displays always provide satisfying aesthetic opportunities. Donald Ellis will return to the fair with a thematic exhibition titled "Two Thousand Years of Inuit Art". The arts of North America will also be represented by Galerie Monbrison, which will offer a fine Bella Bella mask from the west coast of Canada. Objects from other lands will complete its offerings, including an impressive Mumuye figure from Nigeria. Galerie Bernard Dulon will also participate in Frieze Masters, where it will present a major museum-quality work: a Kota reliquary guardian figure that was collected before 1900 and was included in the renowned Eternal Ancestors exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2007–2008. Martin Doustar will participate in Frieze Masters for the first time this year with the exhibition "Kunstkammer: One Hundred Treasures from the Ancient World". The show will consist of artworks with diverse provenances from the Caribbean to Polynesia and from Africa to the Americas.

Objects of Art LA

Expired: Objects of Art LA

From Oct 06 2017 to Oct 08 2017

The debut installment of the Objects of Art Show Los Angeles will present a unique experience for beginning as well as seasoned collectors and buyers. It will showcase an extensive array of antique, modern, and contemporary material ranging from fashion, jewelry, and decorative items to furniture, books, prints, paintings, and sculpture. Spanning the globe, the show will bring together fine art, folk art, tribal art, American Indian art, and contemporary art all under one roof, creating a visual and cultural feast that is both encompassing and exclusive. Objects of Art will be held October 6–8, 2017, at The Reef, a new space in Downtown Los Angeles for creative ventures and events. The opening night gala on the evening of October 6 will benefit Rock the Elephant, a global umbrella organization that addresses the wild- life crisis in Africa and around the world.

New Beginnings

Expired: New Beginnings

From Sep 12 2017 to Oct 12 2017

The Flak gallery will present its latest thematic exhibition entitled "New Beginnings" in an entirely renovated and enlarged gallery. This exhibition space, redesigned with clear and pure lines, will be the stage of the next edition of Parcours des Mondes, with a selection of ancient art from Africa, the Americas and Oceania. Maori sculptures from Polynesia will stand alongside shamanic figures of the Old Bering Sea (archaic Eskimo from Alaska) and masks from Gabon. The arts celebrated by the Surrealists (Malagan effigies, Kashina dolls, Sepik ancestors) will also be highlighted in this inaugural exhibition. By the Flak galley, at 8, rue des Beaux-Arts, during Parcours des mondes 2017. For more info please visit:

Universal and Sublime

Expired: Universal and Sublime

High Museum of Art
From Jun 23 2017 to Oct 15 2017

Until October 15, 2017, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta is presenting an exhibition of terracotta vessels and related works by renowned artist Magdalene Odundo (British, born Kenya, 1950). "Universal and Sublime: The Vessels of Magdalene Odundo" traces the trajectory of her work over the course of three decades, from its genesis in the early 1980s through her most recent innovations, including new works created especially for the exhibition. Odundo’s art has become immediately recognizable over the years for its distinctive, sensuous forms. Her ceramics synthesize artistic traditions ranging from Greek and Roman pottery to Elizabethan costumes to the art of modern masters Henri Matisse and Amedeo Modigliani, to the vessels that African women have made throughout the centuries to carry and store water.

Inspired Patterns

Expired: Inspired Patterns

Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum
From Mar 18 2017 to Oct 16 2017

Intricate and vibrant patterns have long been a trademark of Hawaiian artistic expression, whether stamped onto barkcloth, drawn onto gourds, woven into mats, or tattooed into skin. "Hulia ‘Ano: Inspired Patterns" examines the "’ano", or nature, of an object in pattern, shape, and form through treasures drawn from the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum’s ethnology collection and supplemented by its vast natural science collection. In doing so, it casts light onto Hawaiian aesthetic traditions by spotlighting design motifs and their visual similarities with the natural world. The installation highlights bold-patterned kapa (barkcloth), fine makaloa sedge mats, dyed gourds, a mahiole (royal feathered helmet), and ‘ohe kapala (bamboo stamps). Objects from the museum’s natural science collections include plant specimens, land- and seashells, and other exquisite examples from the zoological collection. Together they express a unique aesthetic that is firmly rooted in the organic realm yet is one of the great art traditions of the human world.