Oceania: Voyages through the Immensity
Take a plunge into the unknown with a voyage to Oceania on the far side
of the world! This exhibition will take you along the
routes traveled by the first inhabitants of this fascinating
region, and then on those blazed by European explorers
in the eighteenth century by presenting the Oceanic collections
of the Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire and of
the Musée Royal de l’Afrique Centrale. The show consists
of more than 200 objects from every corner of Oceania,
supplimented by old maps, model ships, and archival
documents. It also examines the stone and wood works
of Tahitian artist-sculptor Jean-Paul Forest, a master of
“land art,” that is, artworks in natural environments. His
creations call into question human relationships with the
"Oceania—Voyages dans l’immensité" is the brainchild of Belgian
archaeologist Nicolas Cauwe, who is widely known for
the digs and research he has done on Easter Island, as
well as for his book "Île de Pâques, le grand tabou: dix
années de fouilles reconstruisent son histoire".
Tribal Art magazine is a partner of the exhibition.
American Indian & Ethnographic Art Auction @ Skinner
The New England–based auction house Skinner has been offering art and antiques since the 1960s. Its American Indian and Ethnographic art department is about to enter a new phase with the retirement of long-time expert Douglas Deihl and the entry into the department of notable private dealer Michael Evans. A familiar face from Parcours and any number of other shows, Evans’ areas of expertise emphasize Oceanic art and ethnographic photography, though he is also a comfortable generalist. Skinner’s first sale under Evans will be held on May 5, 2018. It will feature material from the estate of famed Chicago-based photographer Arnold Crane, who passed away in 2014. His collection emphasized African sculpture and metalwork, including bronzes and weapons. Another highlight will be a significant collection of Asante goldweights from an old collection in New Jersey. Many of these were purchased from J. J. Klejman in the 1960s.
AFRICA, Artists of Yesterday and Today
After the closure of its public museum in Paris last June, the Dapper Foundation is opening on January 21, 2018 "Afriques, Artistes d’hier et d’aujourd’hui" ("Africa - Artists of Yesterday and Today") in Martinique, working in partnership with the Clément Foundation. The exhibition features nearly 100 major pieces from the Dapper collection. A Punu mask from Gabon, a Dogon figure from Mali, a Yoruba dance staff from Nigeria—these and other works have been carefully selected for the strength with which they represent the artistry of the great cultures of sub-Saharan Africa. These objects had tremendous influence on the evolution of European art at the beginning of the twentieth century, particularly on the works of Matisse and Picasso. More importantly, they represent the history of peoples, as well as their rites, their beliefs, and their worldviews. Part of the exhibition is devoted to contemporary African art and features works by seventeen living artists. While their approaches and techniques vary, including sculptures, collages, paintings, and photographs, among other things, these artists all face the same challenge of creating new forms of reflection and engagement. Slavery, colonization, identity, and war are some of the subjects they focus their attention on. This first partnership of the Dapper outside of Europe reflects the extraordinary creativity and dynamism of African art of both yesterday and today.
In this show, the Linden Museum will focus on the culture and history of Hawaii’s first inhabitants. The exhibition examines nearly 250 years of Hawaiian art, from the time of the arrival of the first Europeans to the modern day. Two hundred art objects have been brought together for the occasion, coming from the collection of the Linden Museum and from those of other German and European museums. Together they provide a solid overview of the ancestral skills, artistic procedures, and the political and religious aspects of indigenous Hawaiian society. The show explores the connections that continue today as part of Hawaiian cultural life deriving from certain important forms of aesthetic expression rooted in the past, such as dance (hula) and tattooing (kakau). It closes with a presentation of the work of six contemporary indigenous artists.
The annual Madison Ancient & Tribal Art show will be held again this year from May 11–13, 2018, at the historic beaux-arts Arader Galleries townhouse at 1016 Madison Avenue. At this time, the exhibitor list is still being developed, but those who have committed to participate include event organizer James Stephenson, who will bring a selection of fine African art, including a fine Kongo figure formerly in the collection of Herbert Baker. Also presenting classical African art will be Alain Naoum of Brussels. Private dealer Mark Eglinton from Hudson, New York, mixes iconic African art forms with fascinating works from other world cultures. In addition to African sculptures from the Hemba, Akan, and Mumuye, Galerie Flak of Paris will present a group of Korewori figures from Papua New Guinea, as well as highlights from their upcoming show of kachina dolls.
The Shape of Beauty: Sale of art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
>> PREVIEW of the main lots at Sotheby's Paris until March 30. On May 14, 2018, Sotheby’s will hold its spring sales of art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas in its New York headquarters. Leading these will be a single-owner sale featuring an instalment of the outstanding collection of Howard and Saretta Barnet, which has been the subject of a number of specialized auctions. These have spanned contemporary art, classical paintings, drawings, and prints, all of which were tied together within the collection by an unusually coherent sense of harmony and aesthetic consistency, in which each object was in dialog with one another. The May 14 sale will offer around forty lots from their collection of African, Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, and American Indian art, as well as Classical and Near Eastern antiquities, all of them consistent for their beauty and significance. Highlights will include a Fang-Mvai reliquary guardian figure attributed to the Master of Ntem, an Okvik ivory figure, and a renowned Olmec jade mask fragment, converted into a celt in antiquity. A various-owner sale of art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas will follow. The Americas component will feature both American Indian and Pre-Columbian art. It will include previously unoffered material from the Edwin and Cherie Silver Collection, as well as important works from European and American collections.
Cabinet of Curiosities at Alain Bovis Gallery
On April 11, Alain Bovis gallery invites us to the opening of its new exhibition "Cabinet de curiosités". Among the wonders on display you will find a Kuodo box from Ghana designed to hold gold powder, a Iatmul skull holder from the Middle Sepik and a fine Phurbu ritual dagger from Tibet. On the occasion of Paris Tribal which will take place in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area from April 11 to 15, Alain Bovis invites Michel Thieme from Amsterdam to share the gallery space. The exhibition will continue until May 19th.
Territory of Dreams
From December 1, 2017, an exhibition at the Pierre Arnaud Foundation will showcase contemporary Aboriginal art. Over one hundred works will be featured, most from the Bérengère Primat Collection. Together they illustrate the diversity, richness, and vitality of this art, which has its roots in a 65,000-year-old culture that was all but unrecognized in Western art circles until the 1970s. Aboriginal art raises a number of cultural, artistic, political, and ecological questions, as exemplified by the work of the Ghost Net weavers. These Torres Strait Islander artists create works from the lost or abandoned plastic fishing nets in the sea that threaten to destroy the fragile marine ecosystem on which their survival depends. Since time immemorial, Aboriginal artists have created representations of the Dream and the voyages of the Dreaming Ancestors, which are seen as the basis of human existence. These subjects, as well as that of the reciprocal connection between man and the earth (and the sea) are the exhibition’s common thread. Territoire du Rêve. It has five parts: the territory of the Dream; Arnhem Land and its bark works; the art of the Australians of the desert regions and the Papunya Tula school; the art of the Kimberley area; and the Ghost Net weaving described above. Although it has existed for millennia, Aboriginal art has renewed itself through the integration of new techniques while retaining its unique spiritual power.
Weaving a Path
"Weaving a Path: Navajo Women and the Feminine Ethos" features distinctive rugs, saddle blankets, and wearing blankets of the Southwest United States representing the range of textiles created by Navajo (Diné) women. All are drawn from the Mingei’s permanent collection. For the Navajo, weaving is cosmological. It is also pivotal to the Navajo creation story, to the maintenance of social order and behavior, and to the careful balance of the world’s beauty, harmony, and order known as hózhó. When weaving, the textile and the weaver become enjoined in hózhó, and the task transcends aesthetics and technique. As Navajo society is matrilineal and matrilocal, all textiles are female. They are woven by women in a spiritual and economic process of survival for their communities and families. To deconstruct Navajo textiles simply into material components such design, size, and color is to neglect the importance of the textile and weavers’souls.
Embodiments of Power & Prestige from Africa and Oceania @ Bonhams
Held on May 22, 2018, this auction is a single-owner collection comprised of high-quality shields, staffs, weapons, and textiles. Meticulously formed by a European collector over the last thirty years, the collection illustrates the extraordinary capabilities of non-Western peoples to master design, form, construction, and beauty in works that were intended to function as ingredients for war and aggression. Highlights include an exceptional Cook Islands pole club, ‘akatara, and a particularly fine Kikuyu dance shield, ndome, from Murang’a, Kenya. From the Toropalca area in Bolivia are two exceedingly fine nineteenth-century overskirts, nañakas, finely woven in alpaca and/or sheep wool, reminiscent of the paintings of Mark Rothko.