Expired: Gallery Opening
On September 27, 2018, the city of Barcelona will add a new African art gallery to its vibrant arts scene, and it will be one with public hours and street frontage. The person behind this project is Guilhem Montagut, who, after his many years at his space on Boulevard dels Antiquaris on the Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona, has decided to provide his clients with a gallery that is commensurate both with the growth he hopes to achieve and his high standards in artworks and display. The new space is at 163 Carrer de Pau Claris, just a few hundred meters from Gaudi’s famous modernist Pedrera building. The inaugural exhibition will be a juxtaposition of classical African pieces with a selection of photographs by Dutch artist Ingrid Baars, the author of works that are rich in references to traditional cult objects which she combines with images of real women. This initial exhibition ushers in a new phase for the Guilhem Montagut Gallery and can be viewed as a declaration of an intention to celebrate great traditional African art while simultaneously affirming a very contemporary sensibility.
Expired: Idoles et Créatures mythiques
For its Parcours des Mondes debut, Galerie Kevorkian will produce an exhibition that will be held at two venues—its own permanent space at 21 Quai Malaquais, Paris, where it will remain on view through September 29, and at nearby Galerie Meyer for the duration of the Parcours des Mondes. The artworks presented will be vehicles that take the show’s visitors from the shores of the Danube to those of the Indus River and from the Neolithic Period to the nineteenth century. The exhibition will also highlight an important French collection of Eastern archaeological objects, which includes especially noteworthy examples of Luristan bronze objects, assembled with patience and passion over the course of several decades. The gallery has now acquired it in its entirety and it will be featured prominently in this exhibition.
Expired: Supranatural – Crânes, Squelettes, Fantômes et Démons
Resonating with the exhibition Fantômes d’Asie at the Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Mingei Japanese Arts will present a thematic exhibition titled Supernatural, which will be accompanied by a catalog published in the Japanese style and featuring contributions by prestigious authors: Christophe Marquet – Director of the Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO)–, Alain Briot – Physician and member of the Société Asiatique (Institut de France)–, Kei Osawa – University of Tokyo.
Expired: The Little Explorer's Box of Delights
The Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac specializes in examining different perspectives. After Aztec Hotel, which focused on the America-mania surrounding Pre-Columbian cultures, Le Magasin des petits explorateurs (the Little Explorer’s Box of Delights) now looks at the ways in which distant cultures were represented and portrayed in France in publications intended for children. On view through October 7, the exhibition serves as an extension of Paintings from Afar, which we presented in last issue’s Portfolio, except it’s for kids. Great authors and romantic painters were fascinated by the Aztec, Maya, Native Americans, Africans, and Japanese Samurai. Impressionable children react to these fascinating and distant worlds in particular ways, and children’s literature may offer the best explanation as to why. Jules Verne, Robinson Crusoe and Friday, and Captain Nemo, among many others, have been an important part of many a childhood. Were these paper heroes the fruit of fertile imaginations, hostile and savage jungles, and visions of the adventurers’ heroism? Or were they faithful and neutral representations— if a bit embellished—of the peoples by whom they were inspired? Such stereotypes are injected into the worldview of young generations, as the nostalgia of adults fi nds its way into the adventure stories intended for children. The objects, books, magazines, and catalogs presented in this exhibition, which was curated by Roger Boulay, eloquently support this point.
Expired: PAD London 2018
The heart of London’s elegant Mayfair neighborhood this autumn will once again be animated by art. From October 1–7, 2018, The Pavilion installed at Berkeley Square will host PAD London, the quintessentially eclectic fair at which design, photography, contemporary art, and non-European arts blend and coexist harmoniously. The fair’s management has confirmed that three names, all of them Parisian, will represent the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas: Galerie Mermoz, Galerie Monbrison, and Galerie Lucas Ratton, all of whom will once again present high-quality artworks that will meet the expectations of an audience well known for its highly developed taste.
Expired: Frieze Masters
Fewer galleries with specialties in the arts of Africa, Oceania, Asia, and the Americas will be showing at the seventh annual Frieze Masters than in previous years. From October 4–7, 2018, only three of them will offer their works in Regent’s Park to what are surely among the most demanding collectors. Although their numbers are small, the participants in question excel in their fields and they will certainly attract important clients. Anthony Meyer’s display will, as always, feature major Oceanic and Eskimo objects. New York–based dealer Donald Ellis will show a selection of remarkable Native American objects representative of the high standards for which he is well known. And Lance Entwistle will present a rigorously selected group of artworks, highlights of which will be the agibe skull rack from the Papuan Gulf region of Papua New Guinea that was featured in the 2006–2007 Coaxing the Spirits to Dance: Art of the Papuan Gulf exhibition, and an important Grebo mask from Côte d’Ivoire, formerly in the collections of Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, Maurice de Vlaminck, and Saul Stanoff, among others. Longtime readers of our magazine will remember this cubist-looking object since it was featured on the cover of our autumn 2003 issue.
Expired: Sale of the Elizabeth Pryce Collection @ Sotheby's Paris
Sotheby’s is sure to be much talked about this fall. In addition to its customary sales in November in New York and in December in Paris, the department of African and Oceanic art in Paris will be holding two other special sales. The first will be on October 10, 2018, and will be composed of eighty-five objects from the collection of Elizabeth Pryce. Ms. Pryce, a pharmacist in Sydney, first discovered Oceanic art more than forty years ago through a friend. Her interest quickly became a passion. She was a co-founder and then the vice president of the Oceanic Art Society in Sydney while at the same time putting together a comprehensive collection of Oceanic art that she sourced from some of the best dealers in the field. It includes major works such as a Biwat flute stopper from Papua New Guinea, an artwork that is an extraordinary blend of power and refinement. Pryce’s selections also reveal her special affinity for elegantly executed objects of everyday life. The sale will be unusual in that it will be entirely Oceanic and also for the fact that the objects will be offered without reserve. This will likely allow opportunities both for experienced collectors and those with a nascent interest in tribal art. Main lots will be exhibited at Sotheby's Paris from September 10 to 15.
Expired: Opening of Guilhem Montagut's new Gallery
On September 27, 2018, the city of Barcelona will add a new African art gallery to its vibrant arts scene, and it will be one with public hours and street frontage. The person behind this project is Guilhem Montagut, who, after his many years at his space on Boulevard dels Antiquaris on the Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona, has decided to provide his clients with a gallery that is commensurate both with the growth he hopes to achieve and his high standards in artworks and display. The new space is at 163 Carrer de Pau Claris, just a few hundred meters from Gaudi’s famous modernist Pedrera building. The inaugural exhibition will be a juxtaposition of classical African pieces with a selection of photographs by Dutch artist Ingrid Baars, the author of works that are rich in references to traditional cult objects which she combines with images of real women.
Expired: Heritage sell
Heritage Auctions will hold its autumn ethnographic art sale on November 12, 2018. It will feature a combination of arts from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, both historic and Pre-Columbian. The catalog is still a work in progress, but we can already note that one of the highlights of this sale will be a fine Navajo second phase man’s wearing blanket.
Expired: Paul Robeson at Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
Through October 13, 2018, and coinciding with the Madagascar exhibition that is profiled elsewhere in this issue, the Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac is training a spotlight on a major figure in the English-speaking art scene of the first half of the twentieth century. Paul Robeson: Une Homme du Tout-monde (Paul Robeson: A Man of the World) looks at the life of a multifaceted man. At various times a slave, fugitive, sportsman, lawyer, singer, actor, and artist, he struggled throughout his life for universal liberty and for the advancement of the Black man in American society through the force of his many-sided identity, the product of his heritage, his nationality, and his life encounters. He has been largely left by the wayside of history, overshadowed perhaps by figures such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Nonetheless, Robeson was an archetype of his century, a committed and passionate fighter that the museum is seeking to honor and give the long overdue credit he deserves by emphasizing his rightful place in history between art, politics, and the African diaspora.