Nicolas Rolland : Gallery Opening!
After having been a private dealer for nearly ten years, and simultaneously producing publications such as Afrique. À l’ombre des dieux (Somogy, 2017) and Galerie Pigalle. Afrique. Océanie (Somogy, 2018), Nicolas Rolland is opening a street-level public gallery where he will be able to share his knowledge and acumen with the public at large. The space is well known to art aficionados, as it is the gallery at 7 Rue Visconti formerly occupied by Maine Durieu and so has long been associated with tribal art. Rolland opened the renovated space on February 14, 2019, and he will welcome visitors there Thursday–Saturday from noon to 7 p.m., as well as by appointment. He plans to present thematic exhibitions as well as installations that juxtapose pieces he loves in various art forms. He is a welcome addition to the vibrant scene on Rue Visconti.
Tribal Art Auction at Lombrail - Teucquam
On February 17, the auction House Lombrail - Teucquam located in the South of Paris will offer 150 African Art objects for Sale. The expert is Alain Dufour, owner of "Galerie Afrique". Among the most interesting lots, we noticed a kota reliquary figure from Gabon brought back to France around 1920 by the administrateur of the colonies in Equatorial Africa Albert Constantin Debailleul and kept since then in the family; an elegant Yaouré zoomorphic mask of Ivory Coast and a "Nkishi" statue that might be attributed to the "Master of Beneki", sculptor of the beginning of the 20th century in the region of Kanenga (RDC). The main lots will be exhibited at 21, avenue de Balzac in La Varenne-Saint-Hilaire as from February 15. The sale will be held at the same address at 2:15 pm. A catalogue is available online on the Lombrail - Teucquam website.
Tribal Art and Antiquities Auction at Woolley and Wallis
The Woolley and Wallis February sale will commence with a small selection of antiquities including Egyptian shabits and scarabs, Greek pottery and early jewellery. The African section of the sale includes figures, headrests, jewellery, textiles, masks and other everyday objects. A small collection of items from Taiwan include a mystical Yami magamaog, carved in wood. Shields and masks from Papua New guinea form part of the Bob Wise Collection, who had collected from the legendary tribal art collector and adventurer Senta Taft. On sale as well, a collection of Australian Aboriginal shields, churigans, clubs and boomerangs. Preview will start on February 16. The catalogue is available online.
Ewa & Yves Develon African Art Collection at Musée des Confluences
2018 has been a great year for the Musée des Confluences of Lyon in France. The Museum has received several exceptionnel donations. One of them is the Ewa and Yves Develon consisting of Nigerian Art and specially sculptures. The exhibition "Désir d'art" (Desire for Art) opening on February 8 will focus on Ewa and Yves Develon passion for African Art. This donation is a marvellous added value for the Museum that already count 7.000 of Yoruba and Igbo pieces collected in the 19th century by Brun and Lutz and ethnographic art collected by Denise and Michel Meynet. The Spring 2019 Issue of Tribal Art magazine will feature an article about this main donation to the Musée des Confluences.
San Francisco in February
Now in its 33 year, the San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show will return to the Fort Mason Center Pavilion February 7–10, 2019. Known for showcasing exceptional tribal artwork and textiles, including many rare and unique pieces from Africa, Asia, Australia, Oceania, and the Americas, the fair will feature 70 galleries and dealers from the United States and around the globe. Two special exhibitions will also be featured. One will highlight breathtaking artworks from Fiji from the collection of Mark and Carolyn Blackburn as a preview for the exhibition The Art of Fiji: The Age of Enlightenment in the Pacific, coming to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in autumn of 2019. The other celebrates Africa’s vanishing rituals through the photography of Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher. The show opens Thursday, February 7, with an early evening cocktail reception and will be open to the public Friday through Sunday. Tribal Art Week in the Bay Area continues the following weekend with the thirty-fifth annual American Indian Art Show held at the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed Marin Civic Center on the following weekend, February 16–17, 2019. Nearly 100 dealers will exhibit a wide variety of jewelry, textiles, baskets, pottery, beadwork, and sculpture from the Native cultures of the Americas. Also featured with be relevant photography, paintings, books, and more.
Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey
Central to the career of Paul Gauguin (1848–1903) were intimate relationships and professional friendships that defined his life and work as well as his quest to understand his own spirituality and that of other cultures. Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey, on view at the de Young Museum until April 7, 2019, presents the progression and scope of his oeuvre from an early drawing of his wife, Mette Gad, c. 1873, to late and well-known works painted in Tahiti or inspired by his time in the Pacific. It does so through a stunning array of Gauguin’s paintings, ceramics, wood carvings, and works on paper counterpointed by Oceanic sculptures. Period photography and excerpts from Gauguin’s letters and writings highlight key periods of his travel, relationships, and creativity. More than fifty of the Gauguin works are on loan from the renowned collection of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen. Also included is a new video work, First Impressions: Paul Gauguin, by interdisciplinary artist Yuki Kihara, which was commissioned by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Glyptotek and addresses the colonial gaze represented by Gauguin and turns it back toward Western culture. The exhibition includes rare artworks from the de Young’s collection, each corresponding to the time of Gauguin’s travel and work in the region. Together these provide context for the Pacific histories, beliefs, and art forms that captured Gauguin’s imagination and inspired his work.
New acquisitions at LACMA
Each year since 1986, the Collectors Committee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) holds a fundraiser that results in the acquisition of several artworks for the collection. This year’s event was a two-day affair that included curator-led art presentations, private dinners at the homes of major LACMA supporters, and a gala dinner where members voted on artworks to add to the museum’s permanent collection. The ninety-six voting members raised more than $3.1 million and expended it on ten items or groups of items. Two of these augment the museum’s quietly but significantly growing collection of African art. Following this meeting, a monumental Ijo forest spirit fi gure from Nigeria, one of the most imposing and expressive of all known examples of its type, is now part of LACMA’s permanent collection. It was the centerpiece of Tradition as Innovation in African Art at LACMA in 2008, and with its seven heads and fourteen eyes, it now underscores the multiplicity of visions that LACMA embodies and imparts. The second acquisition is a collection of twenty-nine Mbuti barkcloth paintings from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Painted by women, these delicate artworks emphasize asymmetry and visual dissonance that simultaneously mimics the imagery of the Ituri rainforest where the Mbuti live and aligns with the syncopated polyphonic rhythms of their music. This collection is a fi tting counterpoint for the museum’s strong collection of Kuba cut-pile prestige textiles, itself a gift of the Collectors Committee in 2009.
Summoning the ancestors
The Fowler Museum at UCLA is planning an exhibition highlighting Nigerian ritual metalwork. Titled Summoning the Ancestors: Southern Nigerian Bronzes, this exhibition features the promised gift of approximately 150 bronze bells and ofos amassed by Southern California collector Mark Clayton. It underscores the power of large-scale collections to demonstrate variations of technique and symbolism within a single genre. Grouped by style rather than geographic area or cultural association, the bells and ofos have a broad —seemingly infinite—range of designs accomplished by Igala, Igbo, and other regional metalsmiths using the lost-wax casting technique. The bells include examples large and small, richly adorned or spare in profile, and some that even stretch ideas of what a bell can be. The ofos derive from wooden staffs of power. Summoning the Ancestors is guest curated by Nancy Neaher Maas, independent scholar, and Philip M. Peek, professor emeritus of anthropology, Drew University, New Jersey.