Expired: A Bit na Ta
The Melbourne Museum in Victoria features "a Bit na Ta" (The Source of the Sea), a multimedia show featuring photographs, videos, and objects relating to the Tolai people of Blanche Bay in Papua New Guinea. The exhibition emphasizes this people’s capacity for resilience, since over the course of the century between 1875 and 1975, they endured colonization, war, volcanic eruptions, and the struggle for independence. It also explores their spiritual practices, especially the role of the Tubuan secret society, which continues to be a vital part of Tolai everyday life, particularly with regard to their relationship with the environment, resources, and the members of the community. The event is the fruit of a longstanding collaboration between Tolai singer George Mamua Telek and musician composer David Bridie, and together they have created a highly symbolic audiovisual installation that blends images, music, sound, and stories. The exhibition also features works by contemporary Tolai artist Lisa Hilli.
Expired: Brussels Art Fair (BRAFA) 2018
The Brussels Arts and Antiquities Fair (BRAFA) is a major annual art event that will be held this year from January 27–February 4, 2018, as usual at the prestigious Thurn & Taxis venue. For several years now, BRAFA has established itself as a leading general antiques fair and the one that now hosts the largest number of participating dealers specializing in tribal art. That presence will increase again this year with a record total of fifteen galleries listed on the fair’s website under the heading of “Primitive and Pre-Columbian Art.” Didier Claes is making another daring move by deciding to show Yaka initiation masks. Impressive in size, vividly colored, and boldly constructed with a thick raffi a fi ber fringe, these undeniably beautiful objects are anything but classical. Jacques Germain he will be focusing on works from Côte d’Ivoire this year, offering a number of Senufo, Bété, and Anyi works. Serge Schoffel also returns this year and will be showing a group of important African pieces, including a Fang reliquary guardian fi gure, as well as a wide variety of Oceanic works. The galleries of uncle and nephew Charles and Philippe Ratton will share a booth at BRAFA this year as an homage to the Ratton family dealer dynasty, of which they represent the second and third generations. BRAFA will also host the Guilhem Montagut Gallery for the first time this year. He will offer, some twenty major African artworks, among which a Kwele mask from Gabon and several Dogon sculptures are particularly worthy of mention.
Expired: Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire
This fascinating exhibition reveals ever-before-seen archaeological discoveries made by researches from all over the world working at Teotihuacan’s main pyramids—the Sun Pyramid, the Moon Pyramid, and the Feathered Serpent Pyramid— and that have fundamentally changed our understanding of the city’s history. It surveys these findings to illustrate the roles that objects and sculptural programs at these central locations played in the lives of Teotihuacan’s citizens. It also examines life in the urban and suburban residential sectors, where artisans created powerful works of art whose themes tied directly to the urban architecture that was carefully planned by the city’s ruling elite.
It was carried out in close collaboration with archaeologists from Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) as well as with experts from the United States and Europe. Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire will also be presented at the Los Angeles County Art Museum from March 25 to July 15, 2018.
Want to know more? Discover in Tribal Art magazine 85 the article of Matthew H. Robb about this wonderful exhibition.
Expired: San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show 2018
SAN FRANCISCO and SAN RAFAEL—A week of activities comprise what has come to be known as San Francisco Tribal Art Week. The event kicks off with the San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show at Fort Mason Center February 8–11, 2018, and concludes with the American Indian Art Show Marin at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael, California, February 17–18, 2018. Afi cionados of fi ne antique and contemporary ethnographic art will discover an extraordinary world of high-quality tribal and textile arts when the thirty-second annual San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show, presented by Objects of Art Shows, returns to the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion. One of the world’s leading ethnographic art fairs, the event showcases the arts of tribal cultures and indigenous peoples of the Americas, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, and Africa. More than ninety national and international galleries and exhibitors display museum-quality objects and artifacts, making this the perfect event for collectors and enthusiasts alike. Didier Claes from Brussels and Laurent Dodier from Le Val St. Pere in the Normandy region of France are signifi cant new additions to the show. The show will feature a special Aboriginal art exhibition by Australian art cooperative Yaama Ganu.
Expired: Art of the Americas
"Art of the Americas: Mesoamerican, Pre-Columbian Art from Mingei’s Permanent Collection" is the most comprehensive presentation to date of the Mingei International Museum’s significant holdings of objects made and used by people from the ancient cultures of Mexico and Central and South America. Objects featured in the exhibition straddle cultural boundaries, from the Olmec and Maya in Mexico to the Moche in Peru, as well as numerous localized ancient traditions and cultures, such as the indigenous Teuchitlán, Zoque, Huastec, and West Mexico societies. The works range from objects made for ritual and ceremonial use—figurines, vessels and sculptures depicting gods, shamans, animals, marine life, and floral motifs—to objects for domestic use, including jars, bowls, spindle whorls, ocarinas (wind instruments), roller stamps used for decorating cloth, and adornments such as beads and ear spools. A rare collection of Maya textile fragments and ancient beads will also be presented.
Expired: American Indian Art Show Marin 2018
The thirty-fourth annual American Indian Art Show Marin is the most significant showcase of antique American Indian art on the West Coast. With an emphasis on antique American Indian art as well as Pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial, and contemporary American Indian art, this show offers something for everyone, including jewelry, textiles, baskets, pottery, beadwork, sculpture, paintings, photography, books, and more.
Expired: Dada Afrika
2016 is the centenary of the birth of Dada. This landmark avant-garde artistic movement characterised by calling into question all extant aesthetic, political, and social ideas. In pursuit of this, Dada artists— poets, actors, painters, musicians, etc.—turned to non-Western cultures, and to Africa in particular, for inspiration. Above and beyond the fact that it created a new and unique language, one consequence of Dada’s emphasis on the importance of Africa was that it validated a material culture that had, until the advent of the avant-garde, been seen in Europe solely as part of the realm of anthropology. Essential questions concerning the universal history of art will be taken up in what promises to be a significant and historic exhibition titled Dada Afrika. It will present works by major artists such as Hans Arp, Hannah Höch, and Tristan Tzara alongside sculptures from Africa and elsewhere. The event is being organized by the Rietberg Museum and the Berlinische Galerie. It will be on view in Paris at Musée de l'Orangerie until February 19th.
Expired: Tribal & Antiquities Auction at Woolley & Wallis
Woolley and Wallis is announcing a Tribal and Antiquities Auction on February 21st. Among the sale of nearly 700 lots they have a number of collections, including Antiquities from George and Florangel Lambor, Yoruba carvings and cast brass Edan staffs from Michael and Renate Lancaster and Middle Eastern Antiquities, Inuit carvings, Tibetan tiger rugs and spoons from Dr John S. (Tim) Gordon. And also a small collection of Papua New Guinea daggers and spatulas carved from Cassowary bone and a small collection Aboriginal weapons and shields bought back from Australia at the beginning of the 20th century by Arthur Allen, whilst looking to make his fortune in the gold mines. The sale is online and you can view all the lots. www.woolleyandwallis.co.uk
Expired: Online African Art Auction - Berz Gallery
From 22 to 25 February, Berz Gallery of African Art is holding its first online auction of African art in 2018. To acquire one of the 85 African artworks on offer, you must register to bid at: www.berzgallery.com. Among the highlights, an early 20th century elegant Dan mask from the Ivory Coast, a superb Bamana headdress of the Tji Wara Spirit, and a Fang figure estimated between 85.000 and 150.000 dollars, among much more. Buyers are provided comprehensive dossiers and certificates of authenticity for any purchase. A "not-to-be-missed" event for any tribal and African art collector!
Expired: 88th Tribal Art Auction
Zemanek-Münster’s 88th tribal art auction will be held in the Bavarian town of Würzburg on March 10, 2018, and will feature objects from a number of German and international private collections, including the one of Gerda Bassenge (Berlin) and the native American art collection of Christian Pysik (Aachen). The auction will offer 513 ancient tribal objects from Africa, Asia, Oceania and North America. Among the highlights, a superb royal commemorative bronze head from Benin, which was part of the Rudolf Mosse art collection, seized by the Nazis in 1934, then auctioned by Rudolph Lepke in Berlin. The lots in the sale will be available for preview from Wednesday, March 7 to Friday, March 9, from 10am to 7pm, and Saturday, March 10, from 9am to 2pm. Zemanek-Münster also provides a Live-Auction service. Interested buyers must register at least 24 hours before the auction.