All the books reviews
Overmodeled Skulls - (ENGLISH)
The overmodeling of skulls for religious purposes is a longstanding Melanesian tradition, and author Arthur Aufderheide undertook the examination of this practice after the identification in 2002 of five overmodeled skulls in the collection of the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John, Canada. Through the work of several contributors, Overmodeled Skulls investigates this fascinating tradition, its methods, and its objectives, while offering a look at examples from vast and varied geographical areas, such as Chile, Egypt, Ukraine, Siberia, North America, and Colombia. Aufderheide touches on localized forms of an interestingly transcultural practice, embellishing the volume with numerous illustrations and a substantial bibliography.
Pacific Encounters: Art & Divinity in Polynesia 1760–1860 - (ENGLISH)
This is an easily accessible publication that introduces the reader to anthropological aspects as well as the arts and crafts of Polynesia during a very significant period of time. The century addressed in this book was a time of great changes on the islands, with the instigation of external influences due to Western explorers’ increasingly frequent visits and interference. The book also addresses changes that occurred from internal influences, such as migration between islands and new environments and ecosystems. The book features objects such as icons, tools, ornaments, etc., and are divided into regions/islands of origin, and also provides complete descriptions of each piece. It is the catalogue for a major show organized by the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich (see article this issue) but it is also a substantial resource in its own right for rarely exposed masterpieces.
Pacific Jewelry - (ENGLISH)
Drawing on the extensive collections of the Auckland Museum, the jewelry shown here represents a vast geographical area: Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Hawaii, Niue, the Marquesas, the Cook Islands, and New Zealand. The amazing variety of styles and materials reflects the lifestyles, preoccupations, and imperatives of a people surrounded by the largest ocean on the planet. This book showcases more than 250 fine examples of traditional jewelry from the region. Apart from their beauty, these personal items also convey information about power, status, and community. Their significance, the ceremonies in which they are worn, and the messages they convey are explored in an illuminating introductory essay, while the body of the book is devoted to lovely illustrations with informative descriptive information.
Papua New Guinea Prints - (ENGLISH)
Beginning its story in the 1960s, Papua New Guinea Prints relates the story of the birth, development, and current state of printmaking in Papua New Guinea. The tradition began when a group of patients at a psychiatric facility were given art materials by artist Georgina Beier in an effort to lift their spirits. These patients have come to be seen as the country’s first contemporary artists and their prints are presently part of the National Gallery of Australia’s collection. Papua New Guinea Prints traces the art form’s development through a select few artists that emerged during the last four decades. Its many illustrations display their personal styles, which range from sadness to humor, anger to joy. The diversity in design, color, and motif is palpable, and with a scope from the abstract to the political, these prints are truly remarkable.
Parcours des mondes Catalogue - 2018 - (ENGLISH / FRENCH)
Now in its seventeen year, Parcours des Mondes, the premier international Tribal and Asian art fair, which takes place in the lovely neighbourhood of Saint-Germaindes-Prés, Paris, will feature outstanding programming, and events. Discover all the details about the fair in the beautiful catalogue on sale at 25$. It counts about 170 pages and more than 200 color illustrations.
Parcours des Mondes Catalogue 2016 - (ENGLISH / FRENCH)
The catalogue of Parcours des Mondes 2016 will be on sale as from August 15, 2015 at the rate of $20 on our website. The catalogue has been published in Belgium in August 2016: 186 pages and more than 300 color illustrations.
Parcours des Mondes Catalogue 2017 - (ENGLISH / FRENCH)
Now in its sixteenth year, Parcours des Mondes, the premier international tribal and Asian art fair, which takes place in the streets of the Saint-Germaindes-Prés neighbourhood of Paris, will feature outstanding programming, and events. Discover all the details about the fair in the beautiful catalogue on sale at 25$. It counts more than 170 pages and more than 300 color illustrations.
Parures de tête ethniques d’Afrique, d’Asie, d’Océanie et d’Amérique - (FRENCH)
This is the sixth and last volume devoted to the exceptional Jean-Pierre and Colette Ghysels Collection of ethnic jewelry. It concludes the series beautifully, to the credit of art historian Anne van Cutsem, also the author of the first three volumes. The book is organized geographically and includes superb and carefully photographed full-page illustrations that reveal the extreme diversity of this collection: ivory Mangbetu hair pins, wooden combs with mother-of-pearl inlay from the Solomon Islands, Amazonian feather labrets, and a host of other pieces. Pieces were conscientiously chosen for quality and rarity, and together make up a unique ensemble of forms and materials.
Perù, Tremila Anni di Capolavori - (Italian)
This remarkable book, unfortunately published only in Italian, is the catalogue of an exceptional exhibition devoted to the art of Pre-Hispanic Peru on view at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence through February 2004 (see TRIBAL, Autumn 2003). The exhibition, unpriced dented in Italy, brings together some 300 works from public and private South American collections, as well as from European museum collections. Some of the objects have never been seen before in Europe, and some have never before been published. The catalogue was edited by the show’s curator, Antonio Aimi, and important contributions by eminent archaeologists and anthropologists such as Duccio Bonaviia, Luis Jaime Castillo, Luis Lumbreras, Donald Proulx, Santaigo Uceda and Gary Urton, offer much insight into the art of ancient Peru. This is an essential book on the subject, which would have well deserved translations into English and French.
Picasso’s Collection of African and Oceanic Art Masters of Metamorphosis - (ENGLISH)
The city of Barcelona and the Museu Barbier-Mueller Art Precolombi commemorated the centennial of Pablo Picasso’s return to the Catalan capital with an exhibition that examined his work and his collection of tribal art (see TRIBAL, summer 2006, p. 53 and the show’s catalogue Picasso: the Man of a Thousand Masks, published by Editions Somogy). With this new publication, the author, Peter Stepan, dives even deeper into Picasso’s “tribal” world. Here for the first time, the artist’s collection of African and Oceanic objects is published and described. Using archived documents and photographs, many unpublished, the author has reconstructed a year-by-year chronology of Picasso’s collecting activities, revealing his close raport with these distant arts and allowing revealing insights into on his work as a whole. The influence of these arts was only ambiguously acknowledged by the artst—recall his notable witticism, “African art? Don’t know it!”—though it is revealed in his rendering of faces. The austerity of Iberian art, Greek classicism, the idealization of stone masks from Mexico, and the stylization and expressiveness of African masks and statues informed his creative process (as can be said of many European modernists). One as only to look at Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), La Guitare (1912) or his portraits of his wife Olga Khokhlova or his mistress, Marie- Thérèse Walter, among many others.