Expired: The International Tribal Art Book Prize 2017
The ninth International Tribal Art Book Prize will be awarded on December 9, 2017 to two art books, one in English and one in French, selected from amongst the more than 40 books on Tribal Art published between October 2016 and September 2017. Six books have already been preselected by the jury, presided by Pierre Moos : "Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific" (Steven Hooper), "Maternity. Mothers and Children in the Arts of Africa (Herbert M. Cole), "Toys for the Souls. Life and Art on the Mentawai Islands" (Reimar Schefold), "Afrique à l'ombre des dieux. Collections africaines de la congrégation du Saint-Esprit" (Sous la direction de Nicolas Rolland), "Du Jourdain au Congo. Art et christianisme en Afrique centrale (Sous la direction de Julien Volper), "Tapa, de l'écorce à l'étoffe. Art millénaire d'Océanie, de l'Asie du Sud-Est à la Polynésie Orientale" (sous la direction de Michel Charleux). The ceremony will take place at 6pm at Sotheby's Paris. For further information, browse www.prixpilat.com.
Expired: Turquoise. Antique Jewelry of the American Southwest
For a number of years now, Galerie Flak has been specializing in part in Native American art. Until December 10, 2017, it is featuring jewelry created by Zuni and Pueblo communities in an exhibition titled Turquoise— Bijoux anciens du sud-ouest américain (Turquoise—Antique Jewelry of the American Southwest), organized this time by a guest gallery, Cowboys & Indians Antiques of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Expired: African and Oceanic Art Sale at Sotheby's Paris
On December 12, 2017, after four days of public previews (December 9–12, inclusive), the seventy lots that comprise Sotheby’s African and Oceanic art winter auction will go up for sale. The wide variety of the origins and styles of the works offered undoubtedly will appeal to a broad audience, and an equally diverse price range, with low estimates ranging from 2,000 to 1,500,000 euros, will do the same. This “various owners” sale is characterized by excellence throughout, and the pieces selected for it were chosen not only for their intrinsic qualities, but also for the richness of the dialog that can be established between art object and collector, so while the works in the sale are consistent in terms of quality, they also speak to specialized individual sensibilities. The highlight of the sale, a pair of Easter Island dance paddles, rapa, both offers the opportunity to experience magnificent refinement and the excitement of a truly new discovery. Fresh to the market, these objects were acquired by a private collector from a British family which had owned them since the eighteenth century. Other major artworks in this sale include a remarkably conceived Grebo/Kru mask from Liberia with eight eyes, very much the type of object that inspired the imaginations of the European artists of the avant-garde. Louis Carré’s Fang head will also be among the iconic figures in this sale.
Expired: Winter Rituals
Dandrieu Giovagnoni Gallery is ushering in the winter season with an exhibition titled Rituali d’Inverno (Winter Rituals), featuring Chantal Dandrieu and Fabrizio Giovagnoni’s latest discoveries. On view until December 15, 2017, afi cionados will fi nd both masks and fi gures from the areas of West Africa that this gallery specializes in: Mali, Nigeria, and Burkina Faso. A notable exception is a Lwena mask from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is an unusually complete example since it retains its hood and its feathered headdress.
Expired: Threads of Time
"Threads of Time: Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Textiles" explores the breadth and depth of indigenous American fiber arts ranging from weavings in cotton and camelid hair to featherwork and items made from plants. The museum’s permanent collection contains more than 700 examples, of which 149 are on display, many for the first time. Fiber arts were of the highest importance among many of the indigenous cultures of the Americas. The exhibition explores how these beautiful and complex textiles embody the traditional values, materials, and ideas of their respective indigenous cultures while also embracing new techniques, imagery, and types of objects as they changed over time. For example, values embedded in the Quechua language spoken by the Inca and millions of their descendants can be traced in the textiles of the Andes, even as guitars, horses, and other Western elements entered the artistic vocabulary. These new elements make the textiles no less legitimate, but rather emblematic of an evolving culture.
Expired: Pre-Columbian and African Art Sale at Eve Auction
On December 20, 2017, Eve auctioneers will hold a sale at the Hôtel Drouot that will prominently feature Taïno works from the Caribbean Islands, including the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Cuba, and the Bahamas, made before Spanish contact in the late-fi fteenth century. A group of some fi fteen examples from two private collections will be offered. Made of volcanic stone, bone, or ceramic, these artworks are expressions of the beliefs of a people whose social order was highly stratifi ed and organized around the fi gure of a chief, or cacique, and the shamanistic relationship with spirits known as zemi. The sale will also include Olmec, Maya, Veracruz, and Aztec artworks. African art will be on hand as well, notable within it a collection of headwear from the Congo that was exhibited at the Musée de Cahors in 2014.
Expired: Raven's Many Gifts: Native Art of the Northwest Coast
The Peabody Museum offers you to explore the living relationships among humans, animals, ancestors and supernatural beings through works of Native art from the Pacific Northwest Coast created during the past 200 years. Ceremonial regalia, trade goods and art sold in galleries today reveal creative expressions of family, heritage, politics and commerce in a changing world. Raven's Many Gifts presents artworks that convey broadly shared aesthetic and cultural traditions while emphasizing the distinctiveness of various indigenous communities and their artists. The themes - Living Stories, Family Connections and Market Innovations - feature objects from PEM's renowned collection of Native American art from the Northwest Coast. The Raven in the installation's title is the Northwest Coast culture hero who brought light to the world.
Expired: Le Havre–Dakar: Sharing the Memory
An exhibition devoted to the substantial Senegalese and Franco-Senegalese community of Le Havre is seeking to highlight and give voice to African art objects. The event is the fruit of collaboration between two Senegalese museums: the Musée Théodore Monod and the Musée des Civilisations Noires. The show was conceived of as a “laboratory” for the latter museum, which will open in Dakar in 2018. It strives to show the wealth, the age, and the deep meaning of the traditional arts of West Africa while also presenting them alongside contemporary creations. The installation is divided into four sections: patrimony, contemporary, animals, and stories—the latter relating to the immaterial patrimony of youth. Masks, ornaments, furniture, and musical instruments will be featured, along with other exceptional objects.
The Great Pyramids in Egypt, Stonehenge in England, and the city of Teotihuacan were all built long ago but are famed the world over. Less well known but also extraordinary achievements are the earthen mounds that dot the landscape of North America, from the East to the Midwest to the South. These rise seventy to 100 feet in height and some are more than 5,000 years old. Some have been used for burials, others have been centers of trade and community gathering, and still others have served as the foundations for important buildings or activities, especially of a sacred and ritual nature. 'Moundbuilders: Ancient Architects of North America" tells the often enigmatic story of more than five millennia of Native American moundbuilding activity through photographs, archival excavation records, and more than sixty artifacts excavated at mound sites. The exhibition includes worked stone objects, ceramics, and seashell items including pendants and gorgets. The latter bear sacred designs associated with the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex—a system of signs and symbols shared among different groups living hundreds of miles apart in the years between AD 1000 and 1500. This group and their predecessors have been relatively little studied, and much remains to be discovered about these fascinating ancient peoples and their remarkable art forms.
Expired: Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA
This remarkable art event will run from September 2017 to January 2018 in the Greater Los Angeles Area. It brings together visual art exhibitions at seventy-five (yes, seventy-five) participating museums and university art galleries throughout Southern California. Each explores Latin American and Latino art and identity while raising complex and provocative issues about present-day relations throughout the Americas and the rapidly changing social and cultural fabric of Southern California. While the majority will emphasize modern and contemporary art, there also will be key exhibitions about the ancient world and the pre-modern era. Among these will be an exhibition of luxury objects from the Pre-Columbian Americas at the Getty, a rare showing of ancient Panamanian ceramics at LACMA, Pre-Columbian art and textiles at the Mingei, and an exploration of the interaction between the Chumash Indians and the Spanish missions in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries at UC Santa Barbara. For more info: www.pacificstandardtime.org.