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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.
Himalayan Masks – Lanfranchi collection - (ENGLISH)
This luxurious large format publication explores the wonderful and varied world of Himalayan Masks through hundreds of specially commissioned photographs and 376 pages. Himalayan Masks – Lanfranchi collection is based on the most important collection of its genre and contains many never published examples collected over the course of more than 20 years. An original text by Renzo Freschi divides the masks into stylistic groups and recounts the function and history of the discovery of these amazing objects from the mid-1970’s tip today. Published in English, the title is limited to a total of 500 copies and PRIMEDIA has reserved 200 copies for it’s subscribers and booksellers with a unique cover and ISBN number : 9789079881499. Officially launched in September, subscribers of Tribal Art magazine can order their copy at a discounted price of 99 euros (RRP 120 euros).
Toys for the Souls. Life and Art on the Mentawai Islands - (ENGLISH)
This book presents a detailed and inspiring picture of the traditional ways of life and the impressive art of the Mentawai archipelago located off the west coast of Sumatra in Indonesia. This shamanistic culture, most notably found on the northernmost island of Siberut, maintains an ancient relationship between man and the spiritual world. Within this worldview, everything is animated. Not only do humans have souls, but so do animals, plants and objects. To please these souls and to create harmony, alluring artifacts have been created for generations. In this way life, art, ritual and esthetics are intertwined: a notion reflected in the field photographs and in the beautiful and rare objects that are described and illustrated here. Toys for the Souls reveals for the first time the richness and creative power of an artistic imagination, deeply rooted in Southeast Asian prehistory.
A Bag Worth a Pony: The Art of the Ojibwe Bandolier Bag - (ENGLISH)
Bandolier bags or "gashkibidaaganag" are large, heavily beaded shoulder bags made and worn by several North American Indian tribes around the Great Lakes. They are prized cultural icons within their own cultures and around the world. Dakota peoples would even trade a pony for a beautiful beaded bag! Over the years, non-Indian collectors and ethnographers bought them up. Today, there are hundreds of bags in museums around the world, but not so many in the hands of community members. In this book, Marcia G. Anderson shares the results of thirty years of study in which she learned from the talented bead artists who keep the form alive, from historical records, and from the bags themselves. Anderson examines the history, forms, structure, and motifs of the bags. She gives readers the tools to understand a bag’s makeup and meaning and offers a tour of Minnesota’s seven Ojibwe reservations. Part one of this densely illustrated book examines the historical development of this unique and beautiful art form, while part two looks at the tradition regionally and identifies specific artists. A wealth of historic photos is distributed throughout its pages.
Archaeology of the Solomon Islands - (ENGLISH)
Archaeology of the Solomon Islands presents the outcome of twenty years’ research in the Solomon Islands undertaken jointly by Richard Walter and Peter Sheppard, both leaders in the field of Pacific archaeology. It draws together the research that has taken place in the field over the past fifty years and takes a multidisciplinary approach to considering the work of archaeologists, environmental scientists, anthropologists, and historians. At the same time this volume highlights the results of the authors’ own considerable field research. Their work also integrates the Solomon Islands into ongoing models and debates around Pacific culturehistory, including in such key areas as human expansion during the Pleistocene, the spread of Austronesians, Lapita colonization, the development of food production, the role of exchange systems, the concept and meaning of culture areas, and human impact on landscapes and ecosystems. The result is a unique and fascinating book, accessibly written, that represents a groundbreaking contribution to Pacific archaeology.
Ode au grand art africain: les statues meurent aussi - (FRENCH)
This catalogue accompanies the exhibition "Ode au grand art africain. Les statues meurent aussi" organized by Parcours des Mondes from September to October, 2010 in collaboration with La Monnaie de Paris. The catalogue provides the complete and systematic inventory of the 135 artworks filmed by Alain Renais and Chris Marker in 1935 in major private and museum collections. Several reflexion texts about the scope of the movie and the context of realization accompanies this large inventory.
A Cameroon World: Art and Artifacts from the Marshall and Caroline Mount Collection - (ENGLISH)
This catalogue accompanied an eponymous exhibition that was at the QCC Art Gallery at CUNY this last fall and winter. It offers readers who were unable to visit the show a good look at the Mount Collection. Page presents an interesting and thorough essay on Cameroon’s history and natural environment, illustrated with a comprehensive display of material culture and art production from the various regions in the country. With approximately 150 ethnic groups, Cameroon is a diverse and complex environment. Page guides the reader from region to region, offering such insights as the effects of natural resource levels on localized art forms and production. The larger part of the book is devoted to objects from the Mount Collection, which includes utilitarian pieces, sacred figures, paintings, masks, ornaments, jewelry, and more. All the pieces were acquired during the Mounts’ travels in Cameroon over the course of several decades.
ADAM Analog - Digital - Ancient - Masters - ()
Based on an excellent photography and cinematography work, the book ADAM was conceived as an homage to the exceptional artistic quality present in all 170 primitive artworks from Africa, Pacific and America selected by Ana & Antonio Casanovas who celebrate with this project a 30 year journey in the Primitive Art world. The artworks have been photographed using analog B&W hand printed images since the authors consider “it enhances the sculptural quality of the artworks and confers a warmer and more sensitive dimension than the digital version”. The book is presented in a brown silk box, which includes a USB containing colour digital films of most of the sculptures from different angles and perspectives as a kind of a virtual exhibition. Described as an Art Opera by art critics, the authors explain that they wanted to give importance not only to the Primitive Art works and the master artists who created them but also to the artists involved in portraying the sculptures for the project.