the quarterly world's premier journal on the arts of indigenous cultures around the world.
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Native American art
William “Bill” Shepherd is a Santa Fe-based artist whose work has been widely shown throughout the United States. The Native American art, Wild West artifact, and Western kitsch themes of his paintings are based on objects in his extensive and remarkable personal collection, rendering his collecting a key part of his art-making process. A number of Shepherd’s original canvases are currently being featured in a show at the Tucson Art Museum, Common Elegance: The Still Life Paintings of William Shepherd, which can be seen there until January 12, 2014.
From the Spanish Conquistadors to DreamWorks Studio’s animated heroes Tulio and Miguel, and by way of Voltaire’s Candide, many have dreamed of El Dorado. Whether a utopia or a myth, the legend of this lost city of gold rests on a fascinating reality that the British Museum’s most recent exhibition explores. Beyond El Dorado: Power and Gold in Ancient Colombia, on view through March 23, 2014, begins with the ritual that is the origin of the notion of El Dorado, which means “the golden one.” In this ritual, which was celebrated at Lake Guatavita, not far from what is now Bogota in Colombia, an individual who was contending for power was covered with gold dust, dove into the lake, and emerged as a chief of the Muisca people.
Through March 30, 2014, the Musée d’Aquitaine is presenting Mémoires Vives (Living Memories. A History of Aboriginal Art). It features 150 works by Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal artists, ranging from antique artifacts and bark paintings to acrylic canvases, photographs, videos, and installations, drawn from a variety of public and private collections. Together the objects build a discourse that questions the idea, so dear to art criticism, of the schism between tradition and modernity, which this exhibition seeks to present as inseparable creative forces.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s holdings of the artistic traditions of sub-Saharan Africa, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas are today regarded as canonical. They constitute such an integral part of the institution that few realize their inclusion is the result of the vision and sustained efforts of a uniquely influential figure in both American political life and the New York art scene: Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (1908–1979). This fall the Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates that legacy with The Nelson A. Rockefeller Vision: In Pursuit of “the Best” in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas that will be on view from October 7, 2013, through October 5, 2014.
"The Initiated: Congo Basin" is an homage to the material and immaterial richness of the initiation rituals of the peoples of Central Africa. Visitors will have the opportunity to admire major pieces from the Musée Royal d’Afrique Centrale in Tervuren. As it always does, the museum wants these older works to resonate with contemporary art, so it will simultaneously host an exhibition of creations by Romuald Hazoumé, whose well-known “masques-bidon,” or “jerrican masks,” represent both a continuation and a fertile reinvention of African traditions.
Fair and Show
For its 13th edition, taking place form September 9 to 14, Parcours des Mondes is to have the pleasure of presenting 68 exhibitors, half of them coming from abroad, and with the exceptional participation of nine American art dealers, including the galleries of Thomas Murray, Bruce Frank, Jacaranda, and Donald Ellis. Arts from Africa are of course to have the place of honor, but also the arts of Asia, Oceania, the Americas, especially from the North, as well as arts of the Himalayas, Indonesia, India, or else of textiles.. Also to be noted is a clear and after all quite natural opening to Archaeology through classical antiquities from Egypt and the Near East. Parcours des Mondes has attracted within it some new young dealers: the American Berz Gallery and Brant Mackley Gallery, the English Jonathan Hope and six French art dealers: Galerie Martin Doustar, Galerie L’Etoile d’Ishtar, David Ghezelbash, Indian Heritage, Renaud Montméat Arts from Asia and Pablo Touchaleaume Gallery.
The Museu de la Música presents a sampling of 130 pieces from the Fundación La Fontana’s magnifi cent collection of musical instruments, which features 2,000 objects from Africa, Asia, America and Oceania. Created by Helena Folch-Rusiñol and her husband Alejandro Maluquer, its volume, diversity and artistic value make this collection a prime international example of musical heritage conservation in our country. They are at once sculptures that make music and musical instruments of extraordinary sculptural workmanship. The esthetic beauty of these objects transports visitors to the world of sounds, and the people and cultures that crafted them. With them, we will discover these cultures’ musical customs, and the many secular and religious contexts associated with their instruments.
Pulitzer Arts Foundation and Tribal Art Magazine present for Parcours des mondes 2014 a colloquium
Art and technology: new perspectives on non-western art
Suzanne Preston Blier Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Arts and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University. Towards A Museum Geography: Mapping Object Flows, Voids, and Re-Connections.
Dr. Marc Ghysels radiologist specializing in the analysis of works of art (Scantix). Slicing Through Antiques and Works of Art.
Frederic Cloth computer engineer and independent researcher in African Arts. The power of Comparison: Using Algorithms to Surface History in the Kota Corpus.
Colloquium introduced and moderated by Kristina Van Dyke (Director of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation) and Elena Martínez-Jacquet (Editor in Chief for Europe - Tribal Art magazine).
Saturday,13 September, 2014 from 3pm until 5pm at musée du quai Branly, Salon de lecture Jacques Kerchache, 37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris.
Free entrance - limited availability - Talks in French
Tribal Art sale at ARTCURIAL on June 17th at 7pm in Paris. Objects with well-researched provenances will be offered. Among these, an atypical Equatorial Guinea female Fang figure and a Mende ivory trumpet from Sierra Leone.
African and Oceanic Art Auction at Sotheby's Paris on June 18th at 4pm. Among the highlights: a spectacular Mabea Fang female figure estimate of 2.5 to 3.5 million euros, works from the collection of Bernd
Mulhack and a Gabonese Vuvi
(that was published in the spring 2013 edition of our magazine).
Preview, from May 13 to 17 from 10 am until 6pm (Saturday 14: 2 until 6pm).