The Andrault Collection at De Baecque & Associés
Auctioneers De Baecque et Associés will offer the collection of Michel and Catherine Andrault at the Hôtel Drouot on June 25 and 26, 2018. This artist couple— he an architect and sculptor, she a ceramicist and watercolorist—assembled a huge collection of tribal art over the course of fifty years. It evolved as a function of their many travels around the world together. Collectors who attend this sale will find a wide variety of objects as well as of provenances, all of which attest to the couple’s limitless curiosity and their unique aesthetic sensibility.
Ethnographic Art Auction in Dallas
A book with thirty-three drawings by Kiowa artist Etahdleuh Doanmoe (Hunting Boy) and an assortment of Olmec artworks are among the highlights in Heritage’s Ethnographic Art Auction, to be held in Dallas on June 26, 2018. The auction, which will include about 700 lots, will feature a wide variety of pottery, baskets, weavings, beadwork, paintings, and sculpture. The Hunting Boy Ledger features colorful depictions of the artist’s life experiences ranging from hunting scenes to battle scenes and other recollections of Etahdleuh’s life as a free man, intermixed with views of life at Fort Marion, where he was incarcerated for three years. The book has been held privately for the last 142 years. The auction also includes an array of Olmec jade lots, including a jade maskette, a necklace with large beads, a seated jade fi gure, a jade scepter, and three belt plaques. A Blackfoot painted muslin inscribed “History of the Deeds of ‘Big Spring’” and a pair of standing Dan figures from Côte d’Ivoire are among other highlights.
Durand-Dessert at Christie's
On June 27, 2018, Christie’s will offer one of the most singular collections of African art in the world—that of Michel and Liliane Durand-Dessert. The collection is well known to aficionados, having been presented publicly in 2004 at the L’art au futur antérieur exhibition at the Musée de Grenoble, and then again at the Monnaie de Paris in a show titled Fragments du vivant—Sculptures Africains dans la collection Durand-Dessert (Fragments of the Living—African Sculptures from the Durand- Dessert Collection) in conjunction with the 2008 Parcours des Mondes. The Christie’s sale will feature 105 lots, many masterpieces among them, and is expected to bring in between seven and eleven million euros. Prominent among these is a famous Nigerian Mbembe figure, the eroded surface of which attests to its great age and its prolonged exposure to the elements. The renowned “buste de la prêtresse” from the Fon of Benin, which was discovered in Abomey in 1928 and subsequently owned by Louis Carré, is another major highlight, as is a Bassa sculpture from Liberia, unique in its genre and illustrated in the 1988 book L’art Africain.
The People of the Valley
The Musée de l’Homme is highlighting the Palawan people through the photographs of Pierre de Vallombreuse. Secluded in a valley on the eponymously named island in the Southwest Philippines, the Palawan, a small community of cultivators and hunter-gatherers, was once extremely isolated. In the 1990s, however, a road built along the coast led to an influx of immigrants from the rest of the Philippine archipelago that radically altered their environment and their lifestyle. Today the Palawan face another challenge: the interests of large industrial companies. In "Le peuple de la vallée" (The People of the Valley), de Vallombreuse, who spent more than three and a half years living among the Palawan, presents intimate portraits of these people and their close relationship with their majestic natural environment.
Subtitled “The Unmissable Art Fair,” Masterpiece London will be held June 28–July 4, 2018, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, providing visitors the opportunity to view and buy the finest works of art, design, furniture, and jewelry ranging from antiquity to the present day. The fair offers an unparalleled opportunity for new and established collectors to discover exceptional works for sale across a range of price points from 160 international exhibitors and across every major market discipline. Among the exhibitors : Patrick & Ondine Mestdagh of Brussels will bring a collection of fine antique weapons, jewelry, and ethnographic objects, each selected with a unrelentingly refined eye to aesthetics; Finch & Co. of London will exhibit an eclectic wunderkammer of artworks and artifacts that will include ethnographica, antiquities, natural history specimens, and curiosities and Yann Ferrandin from Paris whi is exhibiting for the first time.
Pierre Dartevelle: 50 Years
An exhibition at Lempertz showcases for the first time the exceptional collection of inveterate dealer Pierre Dartevelle. He spent a great deal of time in Central Africa beginning in the middle of the 1960s and was, among other things, the discoverer of Hemba statuary. The approximately 100 objects shown span areas of the Congo such as Shaba, Kasaï, and the Lower Congo. Material from the latter is among the strongest suits of his collection. Songye figures; Lega masks; Lower Congo fetishes; wood, bronze, and ivory objects; and spectacular effigies all give us insight into the mind of a man with a consuming passion for the traditional arts of Africa. Laurent Jacob, who was also co-curator for the exhibition on Edmond Dartevelle (Pierre’s father) at the Musée Président Jacques Chirac in 2010, is responsible for putting together this show. He is assisted here by Tim Teuten of Lempertz auction house, where the show is being presented, who adds his expertise to the subject.
Polynesian Enclaves at Voyageurs & Curieux Galerie
Jean-Edouard Carlier’s Voyageurs et Curieux gallery is sure to garner attention when it opens its upcoming Les Enclaves Polynésiennes (Polynesian Enclaves) exhibition, which will be on view from June 1 until July 7, 2018. The event will explore the marginal and unclassifiable culture that exists on only a few tiny islands in Melanesia and Micronesia. These were settled during migrations that moved in the opposite direction of the more populous paths generally followed as humanity spread through the South Seas. Spears, headrests, ornaments, various kinds of receptacles, and other utilitarian objects of wood, shell, bark, turtle shell, and other materials will be on hand, presenting a rare array of unparalleled purity of line and form. A richly illustrated catalog will accompany the event.
Unlike the Tequesta, or even their ancestors the Creeks, the Florida Seminoles are not a particularly ancient people, having emerged from various Native American groups who migrated south to the Everglades about 200 years ago. Like South Florida itself, they are a blend with multicultural ancestry. The Seminoles developed their unique culture in the extreme environment of the River of Grass and remained strongly independent. They are the only Native American tribe never to have signed a treaty with the United States Government. "Enduring Beauty: Seminole Art and Culture" will present traditional articles of adornment and domestic crafts produced by Seminoles from the early nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century, highlighted by historic paintings, prints, and photographs that document individuals, families, and the Seminole way of life over the past two centuries. Drawing from the collection of I. S. K. Reeves V and Sara W. Reeves, the exhibition features embroidered and beaded bandolier bags, moccasins, sashes, and leggings; men’s shirts and jackets and women’s skirts and capes, all with traditional appliqué, embroidery, and patchwork motifs; beaded necklaces; baskets; and costumed dolls. More info on: www.omart.org
In ancient Mesoamerica, people transformed their bodies to express a range of roles in society and to gain access to metaphysical powers. Bodily conversions were achieved gradually over the course of a lifetime or rapidly by modifying specific body parts, as well as by wearing prestigious objects. As outward expressions of links between the physical world and other dimensions, altered bodies often reflected, and even cultivated, relationships with other people, animals, and supernatural beings. Ancient Bodies: Transformation, Personhood, and Power in Mesoamerica at Los Angeles County Museum of Art until July 9, 2018, looks at figural sculptures from the museum’s collection to present several facets of transformation in ancient Mesoamerica. Highlighting the cycles of life, standards of beauty, war and sport, and funerary rites, the installation demonstrates differing scales of transformation, how it was manifested through relationships with time and with other beings, and how it was embodied in objects that defined status and demonstrated power. Also on view at LACMA is a new short-term installation of Oceanic textiles in the Pacifi c galleries. The vast majority of these are tapa (kapa in the Hawaiian Islands), a material generally made from pounding the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree, although other trees such as breadfruit, banyan, wild fig, hibiscus, and banana are also used. The range of painted designs on the resulting sheets are characteristic of various Pacific regions and may be stenciled, stamped, hand-painted, or dyed. The fi nished pieces often served as objects of prestige, exchange, and artistic virtuosity. Large rolls of tapa were made for gift presentations or dressing individuals at significant ceremonies such as investitures or weddings. The installation includes signifi cant historic works such as a Hawaiian kapa collected in 1778 by JohnWebber, the artist accompanying Captain James Cook on his third and fi nal voyage. The textiles are installed alongside the museum’s remarkable collection of important Pacific sculptures, many of which are internationally known from the former Masco collection.
Spider Woman was here
The Diné (as Navajo people refer to themselves) tell a traditional story about a powerful cultural heroine known as “Spider Woman” who taught women the art of weaving long ago. A special exhibition at the Philbrook Museum explores Spider Woman’s gift through a variety of Diné weavings from the museum’s collection. In a diverse range of styles, which vary from community to community and artist to artist, weavers give physical form to the principle of hozhó with an array of colors, patterns, and designs. The common thread, though, is the care and precision seen in the fine yarn, the tight weave, and the balance of the design. Spider Woman Was Here: Diné Weavings from the Philbrook Collection is on view until July 22, 2018. Also at the Philbrook is an exhibition with the theme of the butterfl y. An important symbol across cultures, butterfl ies can represent beauty, transience, rebirth, and the soul. They also play a crucial role in the natural world, carrying pollen from one plant to another. Objects from around the world, ranging from nature studies to Native American baskets, provide a cross-cultural perspective in Flutter: Butterflies from the Philbrook Collection, on view until July 14, 2018.