Millon's Auction: "Eyes crossed by three European Collectors"
Millon has continued to chain sales of primitive arts, the last one dating from last month, to make the auction dance for the happiness of small and big collectors. On May 21, rue de Rossini, the auction house will offer "crossed views of three collectors", and will disperse the collections of Roland Hartmann, Emmanuel Pierrat, and the Museum of Saint-Cyprien. Dr Roland Hartmann, a great antiquarian of ancient books, was also secretly in love with sub-Saharan Africa’s arts and especially from the region of Nigeria. This sale is an opportunity to reveal a hidden part of his personality through this collection acquired partly in Switzerland, from the art dealer and gallery owner René David. Emmanuel Pierrat, a key figure in the Paris court, a brilliant defender of intellectual property, keens and passionates for the primitive arts, that he has been collecting for years with addiction. An irresistible attraction for magic and the unspeakable power of fetishes, especially « I’m a Cartesian, atheist, even anticlerical, I went to look for objects not only of religious art but which belong to its darkest: the voodoo. Fetishes are a worlds ». His collection : lots 295 to 372. From the Saint Cyprian Museum, the Punu mask (Lot 246), enhanced with kaolin, with half-closed eyes, split, stretched, accentuated by fine black eyebrows drawn in slight relief and arched, presents Asian features and a deep serenity. A Baoulé mask (Lot 265), the face is adorned of finely or beautiful series of scarifications worked carefully in medium relief. Catalog: http://catalogue.gazette-drouot.com/pdf/61/96918/plaquette.pdf?id=96918&cp=61 Preview: Monday, May 20th, 10am-7pm & Tuesday May 21st, 10: 30-12: 00. Auction on: Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 14:00 Address: Room V.V., 3, rue Rossini 75009 Paris
Binoche & Giquello : American Collection of Pre-Columbian Art
On June 6, the auction house Binoche and Giquello will auction a large collection of American Pre-Columbian Art. This exceptional collection of remarkable quality brings objects from South America, Central America and Mesopotamia. Masterpieces of prestigious provenance, some of which were loaned to major museums for famous exhibitions, among them the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art. These sublime works, witnesses of the past, besides the strength to have survived, have that of being timeless. Through their lines, their pure curves they are incredibly and undeniably contemporary. Among them, a superb anthropo-zoomorphic gray stele, from the Valdivia South culture of the equator (3200-1500 BC) (Lot 6), presenting a clever game of reliefs and geometries of forms, engraved, carved and decorated which enliven the stele of vitality, its features thus revealed. From the Mochica culture, a funerary mask from Northern Peru (Lot 14), and a very rare and impressi Mochia funeral mask made of wood enhanced with red pigments, as impressive as it is impressive (Lot 15), (sold at Sotheby's in 1992 November 23 lot 12). From the Olmec culture: a sublime anthropomorphous mask Las Lagunas, xochipala, State of Guerrero, Mexico (Lot 28). A standing figure from the Puebla region (Lot 31), animated with incredible and strong presence. The legs and the arms are gone. The movement of the bust, of the slightly retracted ribcage gives it an inspiration, a vitality, the pectorals and clavicles in slight relief accentuate both the movement and the expressiveness of the face forward. The eyes emptied, are highlighted by the eyelids finely incised. The lips projecting makes a pout which confers its originality. The character seems to observe, carefully. A work of masterful technical prowess with expressive features. Preview: Wednesday 5th June from 11am to 6pm and Thursday 6 June from 11am to 2pm. Sale on June 6 at 4pm.
Hearts of People: Native Women Artists
Women have long been the creative force behind Native American art. Presented in close cooperation with top Native women artists and scholars, Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists, on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, will be the first major exhibition of artwork by Native women. It will celebrate the achievements of more than 115 artists from the United States and Canada spanning over 1,000 years. Their triumphs—from pottery, textiles, and painting, to photographic portraits, to a gleaming El Camino—reveal astonishing innovation and technical mastery. The show was curated by Jill Ahlberg Yohe and Teri Greeves working in consultation with a Native Exhibition Advisory Board, a panel of twenty-one Native artists and Native and non-Native scholars from across North America, who provided insights from a wide range of nations at every step in the curatorial process. It will be on view June 2–August 18, 2019, and is presented by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.
Return of Alutiiq treasures
Last July 9, the Alutiiq Museum celebrated a special homecoming: Two Kodiak Alutiiq masks collected by Alphonse Pinart in the nineteenth century were brought from Boulogne-sur-Mer back to their native land of Alaska. This event is one element of a partnership of cultural exchange between France and the United States. Two similar masks were sent from Kodiak to France on a five-year loan, another part of a refreshing story of intercultural recognition and sharing. The masks will be on display in both museums until April of 2023.
Engaging African Art: Highlights from the Horn Collection at the Flint Institute of Arts
Dr. Robert Horn began collecting African art more than fifty years ago, and his collection spans more than sixty African cultures, primarily from countries in Western and Central Africa. The collection includes masks as well as small- to medium-sized figures representing various spiritual, social, and ceremonial messages through ritual to status-related objects. Engaging African Art: Highlights from the Horn Collection at the Flint Institute of Arts until May 26, 2019, showcases the quality and diversity of this collection while at the same time demonstrating the rich diversity of African visual expressions and cultures.
Kini ke Kua: Transformative Images
The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is presenting Kini ke Kua: Transformative Images, an exhibit that explores relationships between ki'i (images) and people. From sculptures to photographs and contemporary renderings, the exhibition presents a multifaceted installation of such images from the Bishop’s collection and contemporary indigenous art and practice. It is on view until Sept. 2, 2019. Ki‘i are a cornerstone of Hawaiian spirituality and can take many forms. Fashioned from wood, stone, and other natural materials, ki‘i become embodiments of deity: representations of akua (gods) and aumākua (personal or family guardians). This exhibit explores some of the ways in which relationships between ki'i and people may change and how and why some of those changes have occurred. At the center of the exhibition is the kii long held in the Vérité Collection, recently gifted to the Bishop Museum by Salesforce Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff and his wife, Lynne.
Art of Suriname in Zurich
Heinrich Harrer is mainly known for his mountain-climbing skills, but he was passionate about travel in general and visited New Guinea, Brazil, Suriname, and Asia. He was a collector as well as an explorer, and he amassed nearly 1,500 diverse objects that are lively testimonies to the lifeways of the people as well as to the life of the man who acquired them. Harrer was meticulous and each of his pieces was documented, photographed, recorded in a journal, and sometimes even appeared in a short fi lm. The Völkerkundemuseum of the Universität Zürich, which now holds Harrer’s collection, is showing works from Suriname that he acquired in 1966 in Saamaka, then an isolated and remote part of country. They cast light on the daily lives of the people that created them as well as on the fascinating history of the region.
"In a Different Light" at the Museum of Anthropology at the UBC
This inaugural exhibition marks the opening of a new gallery dedicated to American Indian and Northwest Coast Indian arts at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver. More than 110 historically significant and unusually fine artworks are presented in a new way. "In a Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art" also marks the return of a number of objects to British Columbia which passed from museums into private collections and away from their communities in the nineteenth century. A goal of the exhibition is to restore their history through the knowledge of artists and First Nation members, as well as to enable these people to reconnect with their origins. Transcending notions of art and craftsmanship, these objects offer precious insight into the connections between Native Americans and their lands. The exhibition sheds light on this culture’s perception of the world, as well as upon the creativity and inventiveness that their works display.