NATIVE : Helmut Zake Collection and various owners on January 26
On January 26, Native Auction House will disperse Tribal Art, Modern Art and Design from the Helmut Zake collection and other various owners. Among the main lots, a very fine selection of African Art from the Helmut Zake collection as a beautiful Fang Nlo Bieri figure, ex. collection Créhalet (Paris), a Mumuye figure ex. John J. Klejman (lot. 27), a Gwandara figure identified by Pierre Amrouche (lot 031) and a Mano mask from Ivory Coast (lot 016). Objects acquired from René and Odette Delenne in the 1970's (lots 78 - 86) are part of another Belgian Collection. Among the other important lots, a rare Pentecost Island mask (lot 91) and an exceptionnel U'u War Club from the Marquesas Islands, (lot 92). Preview : 22 to 25 January from 11AM to 6PM and 26 January from 11AM to 4PM. Auction will take place on the 26 at 7PM rue Ruysbroeck 5 in Brussels.
Exposition historique présentée au Honolulu Museum of Art, Ho‘oulu: The King Kalakaua Era s’intéresse à l’art et à l’expérimentation à Hawaï sous le règne du roi David Kalakaua (1874-1891). Ancré dans les valeurs du royaume, le cosmopolitisme – concept selon lequel les entités politiques locales s’inscrivent dans la communauté mondiale, et non dans leur seule partie d’origine – se traduisait notamment dans l’art. Les Hawaïens ont développé un langage visuel mêlant art et politique, caractérisé par des reproductions locales d’expressions artistiques mondiales. Ils ont renforcé une culture visuelle existante au moyen d’une combinaison de matériaux, concepts et techniques indigènes et venus d’ailleurs. L’exposition présente des oeuvres d’art expérimentales aux côtés d’oeuvres académiques afin d’analyser comment l’art d’avant-garde et l’art classique ont contribué à façonner une identité nationale. Composés par des pièces du musée et de nombreux prêts, elle soulève en outre des questions liées à l’adaptabilité, à l’économie et à la vie religieuse tout en se penchant sur la perception que l’on avait d’Hawaï dans le monde au XIXe siècle. L’exposition est accompagnée d’un superbe catalogue et d’une série d’événements organisés par la PA‘I Foundation.
The London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair 2019
La neuvième édition de la London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair aura lieu du 22 au 27 janvier 2019. Unique salon du Royaume-Uni consacré aux tapis et textiles anciens, LARTA regroupe dix-sept marchands britanniques et européens. Offrant un monde de couleurs, de textures et d’histoire, LARTA est une source inégalable de tapis orientaux et persans traditionnels, de couvertures tribales, de kilims robustes, de dhurries aux couleurs délicates, de textiles raffi nés d’Europe et de la route de la soie, de costumes anciens et d’oeuvres d’art afférentes. On trouve également des textiles modernistes du XXe siècle, ainsi qu’une sélection de tapis de créateurs contemporains sur mesure. Il sera situé sur la mezzanine au sein de Winter Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, dans l’espace événementiel d’Evolution à Battersea Park, à Londres. Deux nouveaux participants rejoindront le salon en 2019 : Meg Andrews Antique Costumes & Textiles, de Londres, apportera des pièces rares, allant de l’Antiquité au milieu du XXe siècle, et London House Rugs du Yorkshire proposera une vaste collection de couvertures anciennes et de tapis. La galerie Joss Graham de Londres, qui présentera des textiles ethnographiques d’Afrique et d’Inde, sera particulièrement intéressante pour nos lecteurs, ainsi que Markus Voigt du Kent, qui sera également présent avec un vaste choix de textiles en provenance d’Asie du Sud-Est et des Amériques.
Winter Bruneaf 2019
Every year, the historic Sablon district eagerly awaits the Winter BRUNEAF show that has warmed up the winter atmosphere there for the last nine years. This year’s event will be held from January 23 through 27, 2019, and the Belgian capital’s resident dealers will once again host their colleagues from abroad to share their passion for non-European art with the collectors and aficionados who will attend the show. Although most of the pieces on display will be African, there also will be objects from Oceania, the Pre-Columbian Americas, and Asia, all shown in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. David Serra of Barcelona, Parisian gallery owner Nicolas Rolland, and Patrik Fröhlich of Zurich will be newcomers to the show this year, and with their participation it promises to be better than ever.
Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit
Yua is a Yup’ik word that represents the spiritual interconnectedness of all living things, a concept essential to maintaining balance and order in the Arctic. An interesting example of yua is the work of Henri Matisse, who is widely celebrated for his sensuous approach to color and composition. Largely unknown to most, however, are his striking black-andwhite portraits of Inuit people that were inspired, in part, by a group of Yup’ik masks from Alaska collected by his son-in-law, Georges Duthuit. In the last decade of his life, while working on his masterpiece La Chapelle de Vence, Matisse became interested in both the physical forms and spiritual concerns of the Inuit, which later inspired this series of thirty-nine individual portraits depicting the faces of Inuit men and women. In Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit, the Heard Museum is presenting a selection of these little-known works augmented with a group of Yup’ik masks and cultural objects, archival photographs, movies, and ephemera. In addition to this rare presentation of obscure Matisse works, the exhibition marks another milestone by being the fi rst to restore a rarely presented cultural practice of displaying Yup’ik masks as mated pairs. Yua will be on view until February 3, 2019, and the Heard is its only venue.
The emblematic Tour & Taxis event venue will host the Brussels Art Fair (BRAFA), Belgium’s leading art event, from January 26 through February 3, 2019. Its reputation has been cemented over the last several years by the continuing participation of more than 130 major international art dealers, and BRAFA has become an event that tribal art aficionados await with impatience, as more and more specialists in this fi eld have been showing there. This sixty-fourth annual show promises to be rewarding for them, and two new faces will be present: Charles-Wesley Hourdé and Martin Doustar. These two young but well-established dealers, based in Paris and Brussels, respectively, will join BRAFA veterans Galerie Dartevelle, Deletaille Gallery, Yann Ferrandin, Bernard de Grunne – Tribal Fine Arts, Galería Guilhem Montagut, Galerie Schoffel de Fabry, Serge Schoffel – Art Premier, and, of course, Didier Claes.
San Francisco in February
Now in its 33 year, the San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show will return to the Fort Mason Center Pavilion February 7–10, 2019. Known for showcasing exceptional tribal artwork and textiles, including many rare and unique pieces from Africa, Asia, Australia, Oceania, and the Americas, the fair will feature 70 galleries and dealers from the United States and around the globe. Two special exhibitions will also be featured. One will highlight breathtaking artworks from Fiji from the collection of Mark and Carolyn Blackburn as a preview for the exhibition The Art of Fiji: The Age of Enlightenment in the Pacific, coming to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in autumn of 2019. The other celebrates Africa’s vanishing rituals through the photography of Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher. The show opens Thursday, February 7, with an early evening cocktail reception and will be open to the public Friday through Sunday. Tribal Art Week in the Bay Area continues the following weekend with the thirty-fifth annual American Indian Art Show held at the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed Marin Civic Center on the following weekend, February 16–17, 2019. Nearly 100 dealers will exhibit a wide variety of jewelry, textiles, baskets, pottery, beadwork, and sculpture from the Native cultures of the Americas. Also featured with be relevant photography, paintings, books, and more.
Kuba: Fabric of an empire at the Baltimore Museum of Art
On the southern edge of the Congolese River Basin, nestled between the Kasai and Sankuru Rivers, a remarkable kingdom flourished in the latter half of the second millennium CE. Known to their neighbors as “Kuba,” these “people of the king” developed one of the greatest civilizations in the history of central Africa. Art and design were central to life in this kingdom. In addition to developing an elaborate and varied masquerade tradition, Kuba men and women were prolific textile artists. Houses were woven, currency was embroidered, and an individual’s wealth and power were reflected in the intricacy of the patterns sewn, dyed, and embroidered onto their clothing. Like words on a page, these dazzling designs tell the history of the polity as clearly as any written account or oral history. This is the story the Baltimore Museum of Art is trying to tell us with its new show titled Kuba: Fabric of an Empire. The Museum is providing also a whole research studies on the Kuba textile, trying to determinate a chronology, a symbolism, making the first proper studies on the subject.
Geometries South @ Paris' Fondation Cartier
The Fondation Cartier for Contemporary Art focuses this season on South America and Latin American art. The Parisian institution is working, with its new exhibition "Geometries South: from Mexico to Tierra del Fuego" to exhibit this art in full expansion. Stylized geometric motifs from Tiawanahu cultures, weaving traditions woven with steel wire, colorful intertwined Aymara peoples, architectures inspired by ethnographic photographs of Mayan sites or Macchu Pichu ... the works create a constant dialogue between ancient art and contemporary art , scholarly art and folk art, whose references are to be sought among the pre-Cortesian peoples. Intended to identify the sources drawn by these artists both in pre-Columbian art and in the craftsmanship of today's indigenous communities, the exhibition traces a pathway between periods, cultures and arts.
In the vast and culturally diverse Congolese region of Central Africa, masks function as performance objects in rituals, ceremonies, worship, and entertainment. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will present an exhibition on this wide-ranging subject titled Congo Masks: Masterpieces from Central Africa. More than 140 striking Congolese masks featured in the show together form an innovative and visually compelling display that represents the artisans and performers who brought them to life, as well as varied communities, belief systems, and natural resources. Dating from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries, the works are drawn from some of the finest and most comprehensive collections in private hands, and more than a dozen examples are presented with their complete ceremonial ensembles. The exhibition also includes original field photographs, field footage, audio recordings, and a selection of related musical instruments. Its immersive multimedia design, presenting eleven distinct regional styles of masks, evokes the diversity of ecosystems and cultures of the immense Congo. The exhibition is curated by Marc Leo Felix, director of the Congo Basin Art History Research Center in Brussels, Belgium. It is accompanied by a substantial catalog published by Yale University Press with contributions by a variety of notable experts in the field.