Tinker tailor: WW1 military collections from German New Guinea
Tinker tailor investigates the collections of five Australian soldiers who were part of the Australian administration in German New Guinea during World War 1. While in New Guinea these soldiers were intrigued by the local culture and acquired a number of New Guinea artefacts that later found their way into the collections of the South Australian Museum. Highlights of these collections will be displayed in the Pacific Cultures Gallery to acknowledge the connection between the Museum’s collections and World War 1 during the Great War’s 100th anniversary.
Summer exhibition in Montreal
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.
SEATS: A selection of 50 seats from across Africa
The gallery owner and tribal art dealer Bryan Reeves presents in this beautiful exhibition a set of 50 seats collected from his journeys across Africa or from private collections in the United Kingdom and Europe. Long or large, royal or household, for children or elderly… these chairs illustrate the infinite variety and delicacy of African art and handicraft. To the delight of the collectors, the exhibits are also on sale. The exhibition takes place at "Tribal Gathering London" on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm and until July 29. To view a selection of 50 seats from the exhibition view the catalogue here: https://issuu.com/bryanreeves5/docs/seats2017_web
8th year - Objects of Art Santa Fe
Opening the evening of August 10 and running August 11–13 across town at the El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe in the Santa Fe Railyard will be Objects of Art Santa Fe, now in its eighth year. This will feature some seventy gallery owners and other traders offering a global melding of the world’s best antiquities and fine art—from ethnographic materials to modernist furniture to contemporary art and fashion. Emphasis is on global art, culture, and creativity through handpicked objects intended to appeal to the sensibilities of modern-day collectors who are not afraid to mix the old and the new. More info on : www.objectsofartsantafe.com
Antique Indian & Ethnographic Art Show
The Whitehawk shows have been a Santa Fe tradition for thirty-nine years now. Recently The Antique Indian Art Show and The Antique Ethnographic Art Show that long were two end-to-end events were merged into what is now The Antique Indian & Ethnographic Art Show, which features more than 100 dealers offering an array of artworks from around the world. Native American art is prominent, as would be expected, but there is also art from the Pre-Columbian Americas, Africa, Indonesia, the Pacific, and Asia as well. Spanish colonial art from the Americas is also a visible element. This year the show will be held August 12–14, 2017, following an opening reception on the evening of August 11, all at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center located downtown just a few blocks from the Plaza.
The Antique Indian Art Show 2017
This event will be held at El Museo Cultural in Santa Fe. It will open the evening of August 15 and run August 16–18. This corresponds to the annual Santa Fe Indian Market (August 19–20), a massive event that is largely focused on contemporary Native American arts and crafts. This show brings a significant element of pre-1950 Native American art into the mix. Santa Fe is the Southwest heartland of American Indian art and culture, and the show follows the city’s centuries-old tradition of trade in Native art. It reaches far beyond the Southwestern pueblos and tribes to represent the cultural and geographical diversity of indigenous peoples throughout the U.S. and Canada. From the Navajo Nation to the Great Plains to the Eastern Woodlands and Northwest Coast, the show’s selection of indigenous artworks is the finest to be found at a show dedicated solely to American Indian art.
The Common Thread: The Warp and Weft of Thinking
The Weltkulturen Museum is presenting an unusual comparative exhibition on textiles. The works in "Der Rote Faden: gedanken Spinnen Muster Bilden" are drawn from the museum’s collection and together illustrate the diversity of the creative techniques used in the Americas, Southeast Asia, Oceania, and Africa. Leading with the understanding that textiles are common to the vast majority of the world’s cultures, the exhibition demonstrates to what extent our languages, belief systems, and myths are rife with references to the fundamental principles of this tradition. Moving beyond a simple aesthetic approach to these varied objects, the show also presents the works of artists and composers who were invited to interpret the symbolism of the works and explore their connection with the contemporary world.
Where the Thunderbird lives: Cultural Resilience on the Northwest Coast of North America
For the first time in its history, the British Museum celebrates the cultural resistance of the native peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast of the Americas. This exhibition puts special emphasis on the tradition of the Thunderbird, a legendary creature and a symbol of power for many of the region’s cultures. It is linked to the past, present, and future of these peoples, whose cultures are still very much alive. The objects are presented chronologically and according to area of origin. It opens with 2,500-year-old stone tools and ancient weapons. These are followed by historic period art objects that bear witness to the innovative practices and the economic adaptations that these prosperous communities put into place following the arrival of Europeans in the eighteenth century. The peoples of the Northwest Coast have maintained their cultural identity and their way of life in a world that is perpetually changing around them. Their cultures and their artistic patrimonies express powerful values and traditions. One of these was the potlatch, an important prestige event that involved the transfer of wealth, and several of the objects in the installation relate to this tradition. At its end, the exhibition invites the visitor to examine and evaluate his own identity and capacity for cultural resistance in these times of rampant globalization.
Plains Indian Art: Created in Community
At the Gilcrease Museum, Plains Indian Art: Created in Community explores the unparalleled talent of certain individuals and the special role of Plains artists within their communities. It highlights Plains art as an expression of cultural tradition and community vibrancy, focusing specifically on generational change in style and function and the innovative techniques used by various artists. In doing so, it explores how art is created within Native American communities as well as the shifting cultural meanings of certain artistic expressions while also recognizing different approaches—including those of curators, historians, and artists—to understanding Native American art. In the second and third quarters of the nineteenth century, Plains Indian culture reached a zenith of artistic expression and development. Some of the finest Plains art of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries can be found in the vast collection of the Gilcrease, many of which reflect the height of nineteenthcentury Plains cultural and artistic achievement. More info on: www.gilcrease.org
Face of God: Rare Masks from Central Africa
An important exhibition is presently at the Guangdong Museum. This intriguing show was produced under the supervision of Brussels art dealer and researcher Marc Leo Félix. During the course of its tour it will be shown at several other Chinese museums: the Nanjing Museum, the Gansu Provincial Museum, the Yunnan Provincial Museum, and, finally, at the Henan Museum, concluding in September 2017. The event will allow Chinese audiences the opportunity to appreciate some 120 masks, fifteen of which retain their complete fiber costumes, along with a selection of twelve musical instruments on loan from the Musée Royal de l’Afrique Centrale in Tervuren and the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, the sounds of which accompanied the masks. Two comprehensive catalogs, one in Chinese and the other in French and English, accompany the exhibition and make for stimulating reading, with enlightening essays by David Binkley, Arthur Bourgeois, Manuel Jordán, Constantine Petridis, Julien Volper, and Marc Leo Félix.