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Tim Hunt - Tribute
Tim Hunt recently re-emerged into the tribal art world as a New York–based dealer in fine African and Oceanic art. “Re-emerged,” as he was in fact long in the field, having started his profession at Christie’s tribal art department in London in 1980, where he worked with Hermione Waterfield and Bill Fagg. He left Christie’s in 1986 for a long stint at the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York, where for almost thirty years he served as chief curator and headed the sales of foundation-owned Warhol artworks. Throughout his time at the nexus of the contemporary art scene, which involved his attendance at important annual art fairs such as Art Basel, Frieze, and Maastricht, Tim maintained a strong interest in tribal art and would make time on a regular basis to visit most of the international tribal art fairs in New York, Paris, Brussels, and San Francisco. As much as he loved the life of a Warhol insider, Tim’s heart was connected to the people and art he first experienced in London...
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Nestled in the high plateau of Crans-Montana in Switzerland, the Pierre Arnaud Foundation in Lens is presenting a magnificent exhibition on Australian art called "Art aborigène. Territoire du Rêve" ("Aboriginal Art: Dreaming Territory"), which will be on view until May 20, 2018. Bérengère Primat, a woman whose sensibility for the culture is a part of her family’s DNA, is the driving force behind this groundbreaking show. In the first interview she has agreed to give, she told us in her gentle and understated tone about her unusual connection with Australian Aboriginal art. Her story is both fascinating and touching, and it demonstrates that love, humility, and determination can lead to incredible human experiences as well as artistic ones.
Jan Baum - Tribute
Jan was born in Newark, New Jersey, a stone’s throw from New York City on the Hudson tubes, which she utilized frequently as a teenager, to take her to the museums and galleries of the Big Apple. She learned two lessons early on that shaped her later life. When she was five, she and a group of older playmates decided to have a race, she on her tricycle and they on bikes. After coming in a humiliating last, she said to herself, “I will never come in last again, and I will do my best to come in first.” She realized that goal by studying, reading, and observing, and at fifteen she graduated high school as class valedictorian and the winner of the science award.
The second lesson came when she was gallery-going in New York and found a small Paul Klee painting for $950. It was more than she had, but...
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In the following interview Clamra Célestin tells us about his lifelong involvement with African tribal art, from his boyhood in Chad to his present life in New York and Paris. His early experiences with the art as healing implements offer insights beyond those collectors usually have. And his observations from the perspective of an African collector provide us with food for thought. Clamra’s life as a collector is indeed a case study. From his early years of buying contemporary African sculpture to satisfy a hunger for the art to his advanced connoisseurship of African tribal art, his story contains much to which we can relate. As happens with so many of us, there was a turning point after which he was able to recognize authentic ritually used ancestral art. In his case, this happened during his apprenticeship with famed collector Werner Muensterberger. Clamra’s sense of purpose as a collector and ancestral guardian has freed him from the conflicts often found in the pursuit of collecting tribal art. He is a dedicated collector who continues to learn, trusts his instincts, and remembers his raison d’être. His memoir is scheduled to be published in English at the end of 2017 by Ohio University Press. The French version, titled "Fils du Ciel: De Kindiri à Manhattan", was published by l’Harmattan in Paris in 2011. Discover the full interview by downloading the PDF below or click here : https://youtu.be/Nswxxej4ioA for more info!
Faith-dorian Wright - Tribute
Faith-dorian Wright, a devotee of the arts and a woman with great artistic energy, was born in Brooklyn, New York, where she grew up with an appreciation for art that was instilled in her by her mother. Already recognized for her artistic talent in high school, she was accepted into a special New York City program for gifted children, the first of its kind at the time. Inquisitive and curious, she insisted as a young girl that she wanted to study science, an unusual choice for woman in the 1950s, and went on to complete a bachelor of science degree at New York University in 1955. She continued her education, completing a master of arts degree at New York University and going on to post-graduate studies at the Pratt Institute and the Parsons School of Design, followed by a successful career that distinguished her both as an educator and as an exhibiting artist. Her works enhance museum collections in the U.S., Europe, India, and Israel. She married attorney Martin Wright in 1955 and together they raised their two children. Her deep interest in tribal art developed while at New York University, where she was taught by Robert Goldwater, the first director of the Museum of Primitive Art, and Hale Woodruff, the African-American artist, who also was a collector of African art. Tribal art became a source of inspiration for her, and this was the impetus for her and Martin’s deep and shared passion for collecting in this field... Discover the full article by downloading the PDF below!
Federico Benthem - Tribute
On February 16, 2017, Federico embarked on the most intense voyage of his life—the one that would take him to the next world. Born in the Andalusian town of Málaga on November 20, 1944, Federico Benthem Gross was the grandson of Julia Loring Heredia, the third Marquesa of Casa Loring, and of Ricardo Gross Orueta, the founder of the Museo Loringiano de Arqueologia de Málaga. While still a young child, Federico received an important gift of artworks from his grandfather. It marked the beginning of his life as a collector and the birth of a limitless passion for archaeology and antiquity that would shape his existence. At the age of eighteen, Federico left for Barcelona to pursue architecture studies. During this time, he also took his first trips to the American continent, where he visited Peru and especially Mexico, developing interest in the pre-Hispanic cultures, the artworks of which he actively began to collect. He was a tireless adventurer and traveled the world as his passion for the traditional cultures of the Americas, Africa, Oceania, and Asia continued to grow. His enduring fascination for art and culture gave rise to his decision to become an art dealer... Discover the full article by downloading the PDF below!
The Italo-Swiss businessman Luciano Lanfranchi has been an important art collector for more than forty years. Surrounded by an eclectic array of paintings and sculptures from all corners of the world, Luciano has a very personal approach but at the same time demonstrates the importance of being well prepared to make informed choices in the fi eld of tribal art. Tribal Art Magazine: When we fi rst met more than twenty years ago, I remember that you had a great collection of traditional African art—with some world-renowned masterpieces such as the Blanckaert Hemba fi gure—alongside a wonderful collection of modern art. Can you tell me what inspired you to start collecting African art back in the 1980s? Luciano Lanfranchi: My rapport with African art (and “primitive art” in general) started in 1984 in New York on the occasion of the now legendary “Primitivism” in 20th Century Art exhibition at MoMA. I was both fascinated and taken aback by the show!
In a field where an abiding question is, “Why are there no young collectors?” Javier Peres stands out, not only as a remarkably active collector who is in his early forties, but as an individual who is unusually passionate about African art. His contemporary art gallery, Peres Projects, is currently based in Berlin but has a presence at just about every art fair of any consequence. This grew from smaller spaces, fi rst in San Francisco and then in Los Angeles, New York, and Athens. Wherever his base of operations has been, Peres has made a splash on the international art scene with his bold selection of artists and artworks and his hardcore style as a gallerist. Over the years his stable of artists has included such names as Terence Koh, Bruce LaBruce, assume vivid astro focus, Joe Bradley, Dan Colen, Dash Snow, Agathe Snow, Kirstine Roepstorff, Alex Israel, David Ostrowski, Brent Wadden, Leo Gabin, and Mark Flood. His artists’ works have been included in such prestigious juried events as the Venice Biennale, the Whitney Biennial, the Tate Triennial, and the Sao Paulo Biennial, to name just a few of their accolades. While his work with contemporary art is famous and even infamous in the art world, his relationship with African art has been little discussed but has long been a major part of his life and his aesthetic perception. We recently paid a visit to his beautiful Berlin apartment, had a cup of tea in a Peter Shire mug, and talked about the truly remarkable collection of African art around us, which comfortably shared the space with large canvases by major-name contemporary painters, many of whose notable careers he helped build.