Throughout the world in main tribal cultures and rituals is the animal very often found. This leads to a multiplicity of representations based on morphological characteristics and qualities that are attributed to animals. The Galerie Bovis invites you to discover the wonderful ability of African, Himalayan and Melanesian sculptors to portray the animal with an infinite variety. About forty objects will be on display and will illustrate this great diversity of expressions and styles. Opening Thursday May 18 from 6-9 PM at the same time as the opening of Art Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Bourgogne Tribal Show 2017
After a first success in 2016, the second edition of Bourgogne Tribal Show will be held May 25–28, 2017, again in Besanceuil (just north of Lyon) on property belonging to contemporary art dealer Bruno Mory. This atypical show that combines tribal, Asian, and Islamic art in a convivial atmosphere—fueled in part by the region’s great wines—has been attracting new exhibitors, including Jean-Christophe Charbonnier (Paris), Patrice Brémond (Nice), Charles-Wesley Hourdé (Paris), Jonathan Hope (London), and David Serra (Barcelona), all of whom will add to the show’s international dimension. Also for the second time, non-European art will be featured in a special exhibition in the nearby Farinier at the Abbaye de Cluny, the theme of which is childhood. It will be composed of objects from the participating dealers’ private collections. More info on www.bourgognetribalshow.com.
The event resulting from the merging of three long-time Brussels art fairs—BRUNEAF, BAAF, and AAB—will this year be held again under the name Cultures: The World Arts Fair. For this occasion, the Sablon neighborhood will host 65 international dealers specializing in the arts of Africa, Oceania, the Americas, and Asia, as well as in Mediterranean and European antiquities. Each will present fine works that attest to their taste and high standards. Several thematic exhibitions have been announced in the tribal art field within Cultures. Galerie Didier Claes, for example, will focus on Lega art. Galerie David Serra will stage a show of ere ibeji of varying styles, drawn primarily from the notable Dos and Bertie Winkel Collection. Exhibitions featuring Oceanic art will include Aboriginal Signature’s presentation, titled Spiritual Essence of the Earth, which will celebrate the talent of the artists of the Australian Aboriginal community of Warmun in the Kimberley region, located on the border of the desert. Once again this year, the public will have the opportunity to attend an ambitious program of lectures presented within the framework of Fine Art Connoisseur.
After Kota in 2003 and Fang in 2006, Philippe Ratton will dedicate a third exhibition to the arts of Gabon in his Paris gallery. Titled simply Gabon, the show will highlight the many artistic traditions that flourished there, the formal qualities of which were so readily apparent to tribal art pioneers such as Paul Guillaume. Without claiming to be exhaustive, the selection of 45 objects emphasizes the differences — and even oppositions— between the sculptural solutions that their creators made use of. The group of so-called “white masks” in the show alone is enough to demonstrate the richness of Gabonese art. The naturalism of these Punu masks is in clear contrast to the tenderness of the four faces of a Fang ngontang helmet mask, each face of which reveals different stylistic characteristics. Contrasting examples of reliquary guardian figures will also be featured. Among these are flat Kota creations, as well as the rounded volumes of classic Fang sculptures.
As has become customary, Galerie Jacques Germain marks the arrival of summer with an exhibition in his Montreal space. This show is a preview of the material that will appear in opus VIII of the Art Ancien de l’Afrique Noire series, the launch of which will be held in Paris in September at this year’s Parcours des Mondes. Sixteen major sculptures are presented to the Canadian public for viewing, as always with the hope that these outstanding and carefully selected works will arouse new interest. To keep the element of surprise alive, we will mention only two of these objects: an elegant Luba axe from the DRC and a mask from the Bondoukou region in Côte d’Ivoire. Possibly Ligbi, Dioula, or Djimini, the exact attribution of the latter remains uncertain, but it is unique for its polychrome red, white, and blue highlights.
76th Tribal Art Auction
Zemanek-Münster’s 76th tribal art auction will be held in the Bavarian town of Würzburg on May 27, 2017, and will feature objects from a number of German collections, including those of Bernhard Jäger and Walter Schmidt, who is contributing eleven objects that were published by Karl-Ferdinand Schädler in his work Afrikanische Kunst in deutschen Privatsammlungen (African Art in German Private Collections) in 1973. The many lots in the sale will be available for preview beginning on May 24. This is an unusually large sale that is accompanied by a two-volume catalog.
Arts of Africa and Oceania
This coming June 21, Sotheby’s will hold a sale dedicated to the arts of Africa and Oceania. Fewer than eighty lots will be offered, in keeping with the strategy shared by prestigious auction houses over recent years of offering less material, but with every lot rigorously selected for quality. An indicator of the success of this approach has been the low percentage of unsold lots at these sales. The works that will be offered this time address all tastes. Representative of a wide variety of artistic traditions, ranging from West Africa to Polynesia by way of New Ireland, together they are illustrative of striking and beautifully executed sculptural solutions and evince complete mastery of the materials they were made of, be it wood, clay, beads, cowrie shells, or any of an innumerable array of other materials. The arts of Africa will be represented by about fifty works, including historically significant artworks that art aficionados will immediately recognize.
"Ancestral Spirits" at the Max Hetzler Gallery
Usually dedicated to contemporary art, the Max Hetzler Gallery is currently holding a major show of ethnographic art titled Spirits and Ancestors. Curated by Jonathan Hope, a Londonbased tribal art and textile dealer who is active with exhibitions and specialized publications, the show brings together sculptures and masks from a variety of African, Indonesian, Himalayan, South Asian, and South American cultures. Whether through form or context of use, each of the works displayed has a common connection in that they are all connected to supernatural entities, whether spirits, deities, or ancestors. More info on: www.maxhetzler.com