All the books reviews
SPECIAL ISSUE #3: African Art, New York and the Avant-Garde - (ENGLISH / FRENCH)
This third special issue of Tribal Art magazine is once again devoted to an exceptional and outstanding exhibition, African Art, New York, and the Avant-Garde, on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from November 27, 2012, through April 14, 2013. Curated by Yaëlle Biro, assistant curator for African art at the Met, the exhibition examines the circumstances under which African art arrived in New York and how it was appropriated by the proponents of the American artistic avant-garde in the 1910s and 1920s. This Special issue is out of Stock.
SPECIAL ISSUE #5 Kota: New Light - (ENGLISH / FRENCH)
For over 15 years, computer engineer Frédéric Cloth has studied more than 2,000 examples of Kota art. His research has revealed a number of analogies and suggests the existence of three distinct types of reliquary figures. His findings are now the object of an exhibition at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, giving visitors a unique opportunity to interact with Cloth’s digital database. This special edition, which has been produced in association with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, is designed to broaden the debate about traditional Kota art. It features essays by Kristina Van Dyke and Frédéric Cloth—co-currators of the Pulitzer exhibition—, Louis Perrois, and Pierre Amrouche.
Special Issue #6: Amazonia. The Shaman and the Mind of the Forest - (ENGLISH / FRENCH)
The subject of this special issue is the fabulous exhibition Amazonia. The Shaman and the Mind of the Forest (Amazonie. le chamane et la pensée de la forêt), organized by the Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève and curated by its director, Boris Wastiau from May 20 until January 8, 2017. Formed using material exclusively from the MEG’s outstanding collection, this exhibition examines the shamanic practices shared by the extraordinary variety of cultures spanning the nine countries of the Amazon Basin rainforest. As the visitor to the show or the reader of this issue will note, this diversity is subtly manifested in the material culture of these peoples, especially in feather art.
SPECIAL-ISSUE #4: The Philippines, Archipelago of Exchanges - (ENGLISH / FRENCH)
The fourth special issue of Tribal Art magazine is devoted to the exhibition Philippines, archipelago of Exchanges organized by musée du quai Branly in Paris and curated by Constance de Monbrison and Corazon Alvina. The exhibition on view from April 9th until July 24th 2013 brings together a unique selection of indigenous works of art from, chosen from museum collections in the Philippines, America and Europe as well as from private collections. This special issue follows the same path as the exhibition itself. Starting with the unique arts of the Highland regions, to then descend and follow the long coastlines. The importance of gold is treated as a chapter of its own and the early history of the Philippines is pieced together with the aid of recent Archaeological discoveries and the study of ancient burial vessels. Designed to accompany the first exhibition exclusively dedicated to traditional Philippine arts, this publication is a succinct introduction to a wonderful subject which will undeniably make it a useful and lasting reference.
Spirits Speak: A Celebration of African Masks - (ENGLISH)
This beautiful book presents a selection of some of the finest African masks known from European museum and private collections. Most are well known and have been previously illustrated, but this book is addressed to a wider public. Masks were made for one primary reason: the dance. Each ceremony has its own masks and each mask, its wearer. Beautiful full-page illustrations present these fine objects from all over Africa, and the book offers an excellent overview of the wide variety and creativity they exhibit.
Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art - (ENGLISH)
Splendid Heritage was published in conjunction with an eponymous exhibition that opened at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts earlier this winter, and which will be on display there until late March 2010. The catalogue showcases a beautiful array of traditional arts and crafts from a number of Native American tribes, illustrating both the variety and similarity in their works. It offers readers an extensive exploration of objects both precious and utilitarian, including costumes and footwear, war clubs and pipe bowls, dolls and toy cradles—all present in the daily lives of these tribes. The volume's high-quality photographs, in both full-object and detail shots, provide exquisite representations of the artworks in the exhibition.
Standing on Ceremony - (ENGLISH)
This is the catalogue for an exhibition of the same title that was based on traditional African arms from the collection of Donna L. and Robert H. Jackson. Though small and far from comprehensive, the book presents a variety of excellent examples of African edged weapons accompanied by informative text. This slim but finely produced volume is a welcome addition to scholarship and documentation in this particular field.
Surfaces: Color, Substances, and Ritual Applications on African Sculpture - (ENGLISH)
Every piece of African woodcarving has an embellished surface, whether it is dyed, pigmented, refurbished, or encrusted with sacrificial matter. Surfaces is the first book to present a detailed study of what happens to African wood sculpture from its creation to its ritual use to its “retirement.” The six essays by distinguished African art historians investigate cultural practices associated with surface decoration, the practitioners responsible for the applications, and the reasons for the use of specific materials. Luxurious color and black- and-white photographs embellish the text and illustrate the power and potency of African sculpture. A comprehensive listing of colorings and raw materials is also included. For students, museum professionals, and collectors, this book will become an important reference that will inspire new appreciation of African art and artistry.
S’abadeb, The Gifts: Pacific Coast Salish Art and Artists - (ENGLISH)
This fully illustrated catalog was published to accompany a namesake exhibition at Seattle Art Museum earlier this winter and allows those unable to visit the museum to experience the objects in it through fine quality photographs. The Salish First Nations peoples have a rich culture that is thoroughly documented in this book through the expertise of its many contributors. History and culture among the Salish have traditionally been transmitted through storytelling and oral literature, but through this fine book, the reader will see how material objects, whether ceremonial or utilitarian, serve this purpose as well. S’abadeb also includes a substantial interview with contemporary Coast Salish artist Susan Point, in which she discusses her perspective on many of the objects featured.
Tahiti 1904-1921. Lucien Gauthier, photographe - (FRENCH)
A new exoticism developed during the course of the nineteenth century, sparked by Western colonial expansion and nourished by accounts of voyages and the discoveries of new places. Navigators such as Cook and Bougainville, and artists such as Melville, Stevenson, Gauguin, and Segalen all contributed to a heightened perception of the South Seas as a place to be desired and dreamt of. Through this portfolio of photos taken between 1904 and 1921, Lucien Gauthier tells the story of this Eden as he dreamed it and as he lived it: vahines, scenes of daily life, luxuriant landscapes in Tahiti, Moorea, Raiatea, Bora-Bora, Makatea, the Society Islands, and the Marquesas. As soon as his images were created, they traveled over the oceans and spread throughout the world. Already famous, he returned to France in 1921 with his collection of photos. Images from that collection were used to illustrate many articles and books on Tahiti published in the between-the-wars period. At his house in Neuilly-sur-Marne, Gauthier received visits from departing travelers such as Alain Gerbault, the Allegret brothers, and Henri Matisse. The latter confided in Gauthier that it was his photographs that moved him to travel to the Pacific. After the war, demand for Gauthier's works tapered off, and his photographs were relegated to boxes. The author of this book, Serge Kakou, an expert in antique photography and a historian of travel photography, bought Gauthier's entire collection of negatives, which had remained intact since the war.