Zulu Masterworks at Dawson Gallery
Dawson Gallery in Chicago is currently presenting a selection of traditional Zulu earthenware vessels of South Africa. The approximately twenty vessels were made within the last forty years by the Master Zulu Potter Mncana Nzuza. Traditional Zulu beer vessels, ukhamba, are characterized by simple, usually globular shapes and a glossy jet-black surface. The surface decoration, abstract geometric designs in most cases, is either etched into the surface or applied. They are unique in the corpus of African ceramics in that they are usually without a rim/mouth or foot. However like many African ceramics they traditionally play a fundamental role in the spiritual life of the Zulu. On view at the Dawson Gallery in Chicago until June 10.
TEFAF New York Spring
Following its first installment last autumn, TEFAF New York will return to the Park Avenue Armory May 4–8. This time the organizers of this prestigious show will emphasize modern and contemporary art, a fine match for the dealers of the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas who will be participating. Jacques Germain from Montreal is planning a collection of African works with aesthetic links to the arts of the twentieth and twenty-fi rst centuries. Anthony J.P. Meyer in Paris specializes in the Oceanic and Eskimo art that influenced the surrealists, and Tambaran Gallery of New York will be there with an array of relevant masterpieces. More info on www.tefaf.com.
MATA New York
NEW YORK—Founded in 2012, the Madison Ancient and Tribal Art show will mark its sixth consecutive year in the space at 1016 Madison Avenue famously occupied for forty-three years by the Perls Gallery. Located just blocks from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this show has served as an annual focal point in New York for the arts of Africa, Oceania, Indonesia, and the ancient Americas, and participants include dealers based in the city as well as others from abroad. They bring with them a fi ne representation of traditional arts from around the world. This year’s dealers are still being determined but include James Stephenson from Brooklyn, Marc Assayag from Montreal, Kellim Brown from Brussels, and Peter Boyd from Seattle. The show also incorporates permanent galleries in other nearby locations that will stage special exhibitions. These include Pace Primitive, Tim Hunt Fine Art, Nasser & Co., and Arte Primitivo. This year’s MATA show opens May 12, 2017, and will be open to the public free of charge until May 14. Other dealers permanently on the Upper East Side—notably Tambaran Gallery and John Molloy Gallery—will also be presenting material independent of the event and are well worth a visit.
Sotheby’s New York: "various-owners auction"
Sotheby’s will hold its annual variousowners auction in New York on May 15, 2017, strategically timed to coincide with the height of the auction season, with the pre-sale exhibition to be held concurrently with those of Contemporary Art and Impressionist and Modern Art. The auction will include a highly curated selection of works from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, including Pre-Columbian and selected American Indian art. A major highlight of the sale will be a Tshokwe female fi gure previously in the collection of Jacques Kerchache and fi rst published in 1968, which has been in the same private European collection since 1982. Several groupings of selected artworks from American estates feature fresh material that has not been seen on the market for decades, including an eclectic selection from the Estate of Elaine Lustig Cohen, New York, the well-known artist and graphic designer. The sale will include a strong selection of Oceanic art-works, many of iconic provenance, which will present rare opportunities for collectors.
The Ramanyana narrated by the masks Rajbanchi
From 8 April until 10 September, this exhibition takes you on a journey through the northern regions of India and southern Nepal. It was born from a dream: to create a museum in Nepal that celebrates the arts of Nepalese or neighboring ethnic minorities. A set of 90 ancient masks evokes the Ramayana. This long mythological epic tells of Rama's struggle to recover his wife, Sita, abducted by Ravana, 10-headed demon of Ceylon, with the help of Hanuman and his army of monkeys. It is commemorated during shows performed by inhabitants who, for several days, play the major events of this story by climbing or masking. Some paintings of the Mithila and a series of textiles from Bhutan enrich the collection which offers a wide panorama of the artistic production of a people too often ignored. The exhibition is held at the Museo d'Arte Orientale in Venice before continuing at the Bernard and Caroline de Watteville Foundation in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. More information about tne exhibition available on :http://www.letoitdumonde.net/index.php/agenda
L'exposition "Masques d'Afrique" initialement prévue pour le mois de mars, ouvrira ses portes le 13 avril lors d'un vernissage qui se tiendra à la galerie de Juan Les Pins de 14h à 19h. Parmi les masques exposés, deux masques lwena de la collection Christiaens, le fameux YAKA de la collection G. Dehondt et Kjersmeier, et un très beau SONGEY de la collection Billy Wilder (, le cinéaste du fameux film "Some Like It Hot" - 1959). Lors de cette exposition, la galerie Kongo Arts met principalement à l'honneur les masques d'initiation et les masques de sociétés secrètes. A découvrir jusqu'à la fin mai.
Masterpieces from Africa. In the collections of the Musée Dapper.
Some of the most important works in the world are brought together for the first time for this exhibition of some 130 pieces, a tribute to the founder of the Fondation Dapper, Michel Leveau. These pieces of outstanding form and beauty are representative of the great cultures of Africa. Some are unique and without any equivalent in the world, such as the sculptures from Gabon (Fang, Kota, Punu), Cameroon (Bangwa), Benin (Fon) and Mali (Dogon, Soninke). The different pieces exhibited have been chosen for their sculptural qualities but also for the roles they played in the societies within which they were created: masks, statues, statuettes, altars, headdresses, weapons and other artefacts are closely linked to specific practices and forms of knowledge.
What were the sources of inspiration for the celebrated painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso? Was his relationship with the arts of Africa, Oceania, the Americas, and Asia characterized by dread, admiration, or respect? What was his perception of these “foreign” arts? These are the questions addressed by the Picasso Primitif exhibition, on view from March 28–July 23, 2017, in the Garden Gallery of the Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac. Organized in collaboration with the Musée national Picasso–Paris, it explores the complex connections that the artist had with non-Western arts. The exhibition takes two complementary approaches, one historical and the other more conceptual. The fi rst includes the representation of a multitude of documents, catalogs, photographs, letters, and objects that attest to the many contacts between Picasso and “primitive” art that took place throughout his life. The second section, which occupies more of the gallery space, consists of a dialog between Picasso’s works and those of non-European artists. It has three sections: “Archaisms,” “Metamorphoses,” and “That.” Within these, the term “primitive” does not refer to a lower–developed state but rather to access to the most intimate and essential qualities of being human. This concept sheds hitherto unseen light on Picasso’s work.