Remedies at Galerie Afrique
It’s not summer without an African art exhibition in Ramatuelle, and we have Galerie Afrique to thank for that. Every July, the gallery welcomes the many visitors to this beautiful medieval village on the French Riviera by staging a cultural event commensurate with the beauty of the place. This year, the subject is the art and medicine of West Africa. From July 1–August 31, 2019, the gallery will be filled with symbols of distress, masks with deformed features from the Pende of the Democratic Republic of the Congo for instance, as well as by “remedy objects” such as receptacles for medicinal substances from Tanzania, sculptures associated with the Vodun practices of West Africa, and healing figures from Ghana. While these objects come from many different regions and answer to a wide variety of needs, the gallery’s owners feel they share a commonality in their formal conception with the works of the masters of abstractionism and cubism in twentieth-century Western art.
Grey is the new pink: moments of ageing
How do we deal with the political, social, and scientific problems that the world’s ever-increasing older population gives rise to? How can this inexorable aging process be approached from a multicultural perspective? And how can it be interpreted in an artistic and, most importantly, optimistic perspective? Artists all over the world are exploring the possibilities, each according to their own traditions, points of view, and the cultural baggage they carry. Every culture has its own conceptions of aging and of the stages of life. Will there eventually be a universal notion of “age” and in particular of advanced age? What can we learn from our neighbors about ways to manage our elderly population? These are questions that Grey is the New Pink: Moments of Aging, on view until September 1, 2019, at the Weltkulturen Museum addresses through the presentation of works by more than fifteen multinational artists. It invites reflection upon cultural contradictions and places the museum squarely in the realm of social discourse.
Kini ke Kua: Transformative Images
The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is presenting Kini ke Kua: Transformative Images, an exhibit that explores relationships between ki'i (images) and people. From sculptures to photographs and contemporary renderings, the exhibition presents a multifaceted installation of such images from the Bishop’s collection and contemporary indigenous art and practice. It is on view until Sept. 2, 2019. Ki‘i are a cornerstone of Hawaiian spirituality and can take many forms. Fashioned from wood, stone, and other natural materials, ki‘i become embodiments of deity: representations of akua (gods) and aumākua (personal or family guardians). This exhibit explores some of the ways in which relationships between ki'i and people may change and how and why some of those changes have occurred. At the center of the exhibition is the kii long held in the Vérité Collection, recently gifted to the Bishop Museum by Salesforce Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff and his wife, Lynne.
PHOENIX—The individualism and fl air for experimentation of Navajo weavers are vividly expressed in textiles from the last quarter of the nineteenth century. These textiles are rooted in ideas and events that the weavers experienced between 1863 and 1868, the hard years of their imprisonment in the Bosque Redondo, and their subsequent return to a reservation. During this time, weavers saw examples of the design systems of Hispanic textiles and acquired new materials such as aniline dyes and Germantown yarns that touched off their experiments with color and design. Commercial products at trading posts sparked additional design ideas for weavers. This was a time when outside market influences were at a low point. The old indigenous trading networks had been disrupted, woven garments were being replaced with commercial cloth, and traders had not yet developed the design constraints dictated by the rug market that developed in the early 1900s. During this time of great change, as the Navajo rebuilt their flocks and repaired the devastation of Bosque Redondo, weavers had an unprecedented freedom to experiment. Today, Navajo textiles are viewed as art, and the visions of these weavers are being showcased in Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo Textiles at the Heard Museum through September 29, 2019.
Tribal Art London 2019
LONDON—For the twelfth consecutive year, Tribal Art London will mark the beginning of the high season for non-European arts. From September 3–7, 2019, following a convivial opening on Tuesday, the 3rd, aficionados will be welcomed at the Mall Galleries site in London by some twenty internationally established dealers, including newcomers: Tom Hurst, a third-generation dealer, showing at his first art fair; Molly Hogg, specialist in textiles and jewellery, and Monika Wengraf-Hewitt with African art and artefacts, both from London, and Patric Claes from Belgium. Now in its 12th year, TAL 2019 takes the theme Mother, Muse and Maker, not only to explore the history of women within the tribal world, but also to discuss the role they now play in the tribal art market as dealers and collectors. The annual TAL Catalogue contains articles covering the role of females in tribal societies including the importance of carved hairstyles in Sowei masks, and the roles of women in Zulu society. With six female dealers exhibiting, TAL will also look at the women who have shaped and continue to influence the world of tribal in the UK. Link to the E-catalogue: https://issuu.com/bryanreeves5/docs/tal19?fr=sM2IzYjEzMDQ4MQ The hallmarks of the show will once again be quality, diversity, and attractive prices, and motivating opportunities for beginning collectors are likely to abound.
Brussels Gallery Weekend : "Untitled"
BRUSSELS—Didier Claes knows that juxtaposing artworks that, at fi rst glance, do not seem to have anything in common can give rise to unexpected connections. He has proven this repeatedly with his eclectic shows, both in his gallery and in his spaces at major international art fairs. For the fourth year, he will be participating in the Brussels Gallery Weekend on September 5–8, 2019, and will take the opportunity to explore this approach’s potential to the fullest in his exhibition Untitled. Staged in collaboration with Patrick De Brock Gallery, which specializes in contemporary art, the show will be on view through October 12. Built on the idea of a fusion between the past and the present, classical expressions of traditional West African art and the contemporary works of fi ve wellknown artists, the show will investigate the very question of what makes art art. Is it an artist’s signature? The concept behind the work? This will be a fi ne and thought-provoking aesthetic.
Ex-Africa. Histories and Identities of a Universal Art.
After Africa. Capolavori da un continente (Africa: Masterpieces of a Continent) (2003) and Africa. Terra degli Spiriti (Africa: Land of the Spirits) (2015), Italy will once again host major works of Sub-Saharan African art this spring in what promises to be a very exciting exhibition called (Ex-Africa. Histories and Identities of a Universal Art), produced by CMS.Cultura and organized by Gigi Pezzoli and Ezio Bassani (to whose memory the event will be dedicated), with the assistance of a number of prestigious Italian and European specialists in the field. The show will offer the visitor a general overview that will lead to deeper understanding of African cultures through the exploration of nine thematic sections featuring some hitherto unseen material. This exhibition aims to highlight the history of art, identity, power, the sacred, meetings and dialogue. Among the main artworks, you will have the chance to see: "Afro-Portuguese ivories" made between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries by Sapi artist from Sierra leone, the Bini from ancient Benin, Kongo from the current RDC and a corpus of wood and terracotta works that date to the African Middle Ages and created by the Soninke and the Dogon. A beautiful exhibition on view until September 8, 2019 at the Municipal Museum of Archaeology of Bologna.
Parcours des Mondes 2019
The 18th edition of Parcours des Mondes, the World's most important international Tribal Art Event, by the virtue of the number, quality and diversity of it's participating dealers will be held from September 10 to 15. Over 60 internationally known dealers with specialties in the arts of Africa, Oceania, The Americas, Asia and Archeology will gather in the heart of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood in Paris. This year, not 3 but 8 participants in the field of archeology will exhibit alongside the main galleries. Several galleries are presenting thematic exhibitions. Among them : "Wild Animals" by Galerie Dodier, "The Art of the Collection: Jan Calmeyn" by Galerie Bernard Dulon, "New Ireland" by Galerie Flak, or "Baulé" by Galerie Lucas Ratton. The historical Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood becomes a veritable open-air museum for the duration of the fair, at which everyone from experienced collectors and professionals to the merely curious can discover exceptional artworks from all five continents. On the occasion of Parcours des Mondes, Tribal Art magazine will welcome you Rue Visconti, 4 with special discount on subscriptions. Parcours des Mondes is THE appointment of the year not to be missed!
The Paris Biennale
PARIS—This year, the Grand Palais will once again be the venue for the Paris Biennale. Open for only fi ve days from September 13–17, 2019. The new dates are accompanied by other debuts. Australian Aboriginal art will be featured in the display of Nicolas Andrin’s Aborigène Galerie as well as that of Galerie Arts d’Australie, which, under the direction of Stéphane Jacob, will show a group of large-format acrylic paintings. Another new participant will be young dealer Pablo Touchaleaume of Paris. He will show fine old works from five continents. Within this a Kota reliquary guardian figure formerly in the Arman Collection and by a fine Lobi figure from Burkina Faso. Lastly, wellknown dealers Laurent Dodier and Anthony Meyer have announced that they will present together at the Biennale. Their booth will include a curiosity cabinet display of some eighty high-quality pieces from both galleries, and each dealer will also have an individual space for a separate exhibition. For Dodier, it will be an homage to Laurent de Kermadec, a talented painter at the intersection of the fi gurative and the abstract, whose taste for tribal art led him to participate in the 1967 Musée de l’Homme exhibition Art primitifs dans les ateliers d’artistes (Primitive Art in Artists’ Ateliers) show with the loan of a Baule statuette formerly in his collection. In commemoration of this event, and one hundred and twenty years after the artist’s death, Dodier will present eight Baule sculptures from Côte d’Ivoire alongside eight canvases by de Kermadec. Meyer will display a selection of fi ne Eskimo and Oceanic works, his own particular specialization.
Tupuna Ancestors in Transit
TAHITI—The Musée de Tahiti et des Îles – Te Fare Manaha is undergoing extensive renovation work, but has a temporary exhibition open through September 20, 2020, that is showing some of its pieces while it is closed. Tupuna –> Transit brings together about 100 of the museum’s most emblematic works representative of the art of French Polynesia’s five archipelagos. This reinstallation of the museum’s collection allows the objects to be seen in a new light and for visitors to accompany the tupuna ancestors in their transition by evoking their histories, their past lives as museum objects, and their culturally relevant futures. This an interesting show with dual aspects. It features art objects but also deals with the issues of conservation, renovation, and restoration that are vital to museum practices nowadays but are often little understood by their audiences. This dimension of the exhibition is unusual and informative.