Expired: African and Oceanic art auction at Christie's New York
New York—Christie’s will hold what has become an annual sale of African and Oceanic art at its Rockefeller Center headquarters on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Titled Origins: Masterworks of African and Oceanic Art, it features just thirteen lots, each carefully selected to harmonize with the auction house’s major sale of Post-War & Contemporary Art, and it previews within that context. Most of the pieces have deep provenance and each is a remarkable example of its kind. Highlights include a notable Mfumte figure from Cameroon, once owned by Alain Dufour and by Marc and Denyse Ginzburg, and a major Kota reliquary guardian, formerly in the Han Corey and Jacque Kerchache collections. Estimates range from four to seven figures.
Expired: Cabinet of Curiosities at Alain Bovis Gallery
On April 11, Alain Bovis gallery invites us to the opening of its new exhibition "Cabinet de curiosités". Among the wonders on display you will find a Kuodo box from Ghana designed to hold gold powder, a Iatmul skull holder from the Middle Sepik and a fine Phurbu ritual dagger from Tibet. On the occasion of Paris Tribal which will take place in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area from April 11 to 15, Alain Bovis invites Michel Thieme from Amsterdam to share the gallery space. The exhibition will continue until May 19th.
Expired: Territory of Dreams
From December 1, 2017, an exhibition at the Pierre Arnaud Foundation will showcase contemporary Aboriginal art. Over one hundred works will be featured, most from the Bérengère Primat Collection. Together they illustrate the diversity, richness, and vitality of this art, which has its roots in a 65,000-year-old culture that was all but unrecognized in Western art circles until the 1970s. Aboriginal art raises a number of cultural, artistic, political, and ecological questions, as exemplified by the work of the Ghost Net weavers. These Torres Strait Islander artists create works from the lost or abandoned plastic fishing nets in the sea that threaten to destroy the fragile marine ecosystem on which their survival depends. Since time immemorial, Aboriginal artists have created representations of the Dream and the voyages of the Dreaming Ancestors, which are seen as the basis of human existence. These subjects, as well as that of the reciprocal connection between man and the earth (and the sea) are the exhibition’s common thread. Territoire du Rêve. It has five parts: the territory of the Dream; Arnhem Land and its bark works; the art of the Australians of the desert regions and the Papunya Tula school; the art of the Kimberley area; and the Ghost Net weaving described above. Although it has existed for millennia, Aboriginal art has renewed itself through the integration of new techniques while retaining its unique spiritual power.
Expired: Weaving a Path
"Weaving a Path: Navajo Women and the Feminine Ethos" features distinctive rugs, saddle blankets, and wearing blankets of the Southwest United States representing the range of textiles created by Navajo (Diné) women. All are drawn from the Mingei’s permanent collection. For the Navajo, weaving is cosmological. It is also pivotal to the Navajo creation story, to the maintenance of social order and behavior, and to the careful balance of the world’s beauty, harmony, and order known as hózhó. When weaving, the textile and the weaver become enjoined in hózhó, and the task transcends aesthetics and technique. As Navajo society is matrilineal and matrilocal, all textiles are female. They are woven by women in a spiritual and economic process of survival for their communities and families. To deconstruct Navajo textiles simply into material components such design, size, and color is to neglect the importance of the textile and weavers’souls.
Expired: Embodiments of Power & Prestige from Africa and Oceania @ Bonhams
Held on May 22, 2018, this auction is a single-owner collection comprised of high-quality shields, staffs, weapons, and textiles. Meticulously formed by a European collector over the last thirty years, the collection illustrates the extraordinary capabilities of non-Western peoples to master design, form, construction, and beauty in works that were intended to function as ingredients for war and aggression. Highlights include an exceptional Cook Islands pole club, ‘akatara, and a particularly fine Kikuyu dance shield, ndome, from Murang’a, Kenya. From the Toropalca area in Bolivia are two exceedingly fine nineteenth-century overskirts, nañakas, finely woven in alpaca and/or sheep wool, reminiscent of the paintings of Mark Rothko.
Expired: The Mentawai from Indonesia
This exhibition was launched thanks to a recent donation of a part of the Reimar Schefold collection to the Museum Volkenkunde (https://volkenkunde.nl) at Leiden University, where he was professor emeritus of cultural anthropology and sociology of Indonesia. Visitors can discover ancient traditions alongside contemporary expressions of one of earth’s last thriving indigenous cultures: the Mentawai. This people inhabits for centuries the Mentawai Islands, an archipelago about 150 kilometers off the western coast of Sumatra. Their religious beliefs continue to shape their thoughts and actions. Being animist, they believe that all things in nature, whether plant or utensil, possess a soul. Everything must therefore be treated with respect, and this is why they live simply and in harmony with the natural world that surrounds them. The exhibition focuses on the question of how traditions continue to maintain their values today. To what extent do the Mentawai want to be part of a globalizing world? Can they combine old traditions with a modern way of life? It coincides with the publication of the book "Toys for the Souls: Life and Art on the Mentawai Islands", authored by Reimar Schefold (http://www.tribalartmagazine.com/fischbacher/art-books/?a=view&id=382&lang=fr). For more info discover the exclusive interview of Reimar Schefold in Tribal Art magazine 85.
Expired: Treasures of Peru
An exhibition on view at the National Museum of Ethnography in Warsaw examines the archaeological work conducted by Polish and Peruvian scientists after they discovered the perfectly preserved funerary chamber of a high-ranking Wari aristocrat at the El Castillo site in Huarmey, northern Peru. This discovery greatly improved our understanding of the origins of the Inca Empire. Information about this pre-Inca culture has long been sparse, since sites known to have contained the remains of Wari dignitaries had long ago been looted or severely damaged by time and weather. "Treasures of Peru: The Royal Tomb of the Wari at El Castillo de Huarmey" presents 150 objects on loan from the National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology,and History of Lima, many of which were excavated by the Polish and Peruvian archaeological teams. Beautiful ornaments, textiles symbolizing power and wealth, and ceramics—including comparable examples from areas sometimes thousands of kilometers apart—are among the artworks highlighted in the installation. The tomb that was discovered at El Castillo is also recreated through a multimedia presentation. More info on: www.ethnomuseum.pl.
Expired: Bourgogne Tribal Show 2018
The Bourgogne Tribal Show third edition will feature some twenty international dealers, who will be showing selections of their objects in the open-plan setting of this venue. It will be of particular interest for several reasons. Firstly, it celebrates the inclusion of several new participants with the arrivals of Jo De Buck of Brussels, Eric Hertault of Paris, Alexandra Pascassio and Davide Manfredi of Paris, Joaquin Pecci of Brussels, and Abla and Alain Lecomte of Paris. An exhibition titled Bestiaire du Monde (Bestiary of the World) in the Farinier space of the Cluny Abbey is a second reason for enthusiasts to visit the show, and it will remain open through June 24, 2018. As its title suggests, this show will explore the many ways in which animals are represented. It does so through a group of some thirty works provided by the show’s participants and selected by Aurélien Gaborit, curator of African art at the Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac. Unique to the Bourgogne Tribal Show this year will be the launch of the Artkhade Fairs online platform, a project produced by Artkhade in collaboration with show organizers Gus Adler & Filles, which will allow exhibitors to show the objects they are presenting at the show virtually to interested parties online and completely con dentially. This innovation has been successfully implemented at contemporary art shows and holds obvious promise for the tribal art world as well.
Expired: Golden Kingdoms at the Metopolitan
This major international loan exhibition at the Metropolitan will explore the idea of luxury in the Pre-Columbian Americas, particularly as seen in the associations between materials and meanings, from about 1000 BC until the arrival of Europeans in the early sixteenth century. Titled "Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas", the show will trace the development of metallurgy in the Andes and its expansion northward into Mexico. In contrast with other parts of the world, ancient Americans first used metal not for weaponry, tools, or coinage but for objects of ritual and ornament, which resulted in works of extraordinary creativity. In addition to objects of gold and silver, the exhibition will feature artworks made from shell, jade, and textile, materials that would have been considered even more valuable than noble metals. The exhibition will cast new light on the most precious works of art from the ancient Americas and provide new ways of thinking about materials, luxury, and the visual arts in a global perspective.
Expired: The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is presenting The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire, the first major bilingual exhibition on one of the great civilizations of South America. It will explore why the Inka Road was built more than 500 years ago; for what purpose; and how its construction, without the use of metal, the wheel, or draft animals to pull heavy loads, stands as one of the world’s greatest engineering feats. Over its more than 100 years of use over the duration of the Inka Empire from the fourteenth century to the Spanish invasion in 1532, the extensive road served as a major axis for communication, transportation, expansion, administration, and political control. After the Spanish invasion, the road lost political meaning but never lost its signifi cance as a symbol and sacred space to the indigenous peoples in the region. Through images, maps, models, and 140 objects in the exhibition together illustrate important concepts in Andean cosmology and the principles of duality, reciprocity, and integration, while also offering examples of the road’s infrastructure and spirituality.