Treasures of Oceanic Art
Aguttes auction house will offer the remarkable Oceanic art collection of Rainer Werner “Jerry” Bock. This art connoisseur of western German origin is also the owner of Splendors of the World gallery. Following a ten-day preview, the sale will take place over four sessions from April 4–7. The collection, which was assembled over a twenty-five-year period, is composed of nearly 1,200 objects. On offer will be what amounts to a true encyclopedia of Oceanic art, especially from Polynesia and Micronesia. Masks, figures, ceremonial drums, model boats, clubs, tapas, and fish hooks, and many other objects created between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, will be offered. This event will be documented by a multiple volume catalog that itself will become collectible and will be an important reference for years to come.
Paris Tribal : from Wednesday 5 until Saturday 8 April
The fourth annual Paris Tribal will be held April 5–8 and this year will have some interesting new developments. Without renouncing its eminently Parisian identity, this year it will host several important dealers from abroad, who will share the spaces of galleries permanently established in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood. Bruce Frank from New York will join Renaud Vanuxem, Joaquin Pecci from Brussels will exhibit with Olivier Castellano, Michel Thieme from Amsterdam will be with Alain Bovis, and Lance Entwistle will host David Serra from Barcelona. Not only will this internationalize the event and attract more foreign collectors, it will undoubtedly also turn the gallery environment into a collaborative space rather than one focused on individual endeavors. Another innovation for this upcoming Paris Tribal will be its special exhibition focused on forms and materials, which will open on April 3 and feature works for sale lent by dealers participating in the fair.
Mapuche: A Voyage to Lafkenche Territory
Mapuche. Voyage en terre lafkenche (Mapuche: A Voyage to Lafkenche Territory) moves between photography, anthropology, and ethno-botany. It is an homage to the Mapuche people, originally from Chile, whose name means “People of the Earth,” and it derives from an encounter between an artists’ collective called “Ritual Inhabitual” and the ethno-biologists at the Musée de l’Homme, whose work is centered on the connections between nature and man. On view from January 18–April 23, 2017, the show explores subjects like the Mapuche’s cosmogony, their ritual practices, and their knowledge of plants through the presentation photo portraits and an herbarium. The photographs were all made using the delicate collodion process, and they show not only “traditional” communities but Catholics, Evangelicals, and young people from the Santiago suburbs as well. The collodion process is time intensive, but makes it possible to produce a sense of timelessness in the relationship between photographer and subject. The herbarium features some thirty-five different kinds of plants and illustrates the diversity of the region’s flora and its multiple uses. The exhibition is a beautiful homage to an autochthonous people that has suffered oppression for a very long time and has lost ninety percent of its lands over the course of the twentieth century.
Female potters of Africa
The exhibition offers us a journey going out to meet the female potters of West Africa and their products. Eleven European potters made this journey 20 years ago. They brought back pottery, several hours of film, field notes and numerous photographs that the museum still keeps today. This exhibition highlights approximately sixty of these pieces of bulbous pottery, carefully decorated or, on the contrary, left as they are. These objects for ordinary use carry in them both the humbleness of the everyday and a plastic beauty conducive to contemplation. Thanks to the films and the photographs which punctuate the exhibition we can follow their itineraries from the clay’s extraction from the ground, at the origin of all creation, up to the pot’s being sold on a market, an opening on the world in general.
Tattoo at the Field Museum (Chicago)
After the Royal Ontario Museum of Toronto (Canada), the TATTOO exhibition continues its international tour at the Field Museum of Chicago (United States). TATTOO was display at the Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac (2014-2015), with over 700,000 visitors discovering the artistic dimension of tattooing, its history since the first testimony of its existence, through all cultures. TATTOO explores the world of tattooing and offers a unique approach to this ancestral practice, presenting 180 traditional and contemporary works from all over the world. The Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac reflects the growing interest of contemporary societies for this art form, which is both a subject of fascination and a marker of identity.
Arts of Côte d’Ivoire: Around the Yaure
The Barbier-Mueller Museum in Geneva will present Arts de la Côte d’Ivoire, autour des Yohouré. Although long known to and appreciated by aficionados, there have been fewer publications and evenless research done on the art of the Yaure than on that of their Guro, Baule, Senufo, and Dan neighbors. This deficiency served as an incentive for the museum to present its collection of Yaure masks, mouse oracles, and figurative sculptures, allowing the public the opportunity to admire them alongside the works of nearby cultures in a sober installation that emphasizes their refinement. The show is accompanied by the first monograph devoted to the Yaure, published by the Fondation Culturelle Musée Barbier-Mueller, which has sponsored many works on peoples threatened with acculturation. This project was underwritten by Vacheron Constantin. The author, Alain- Michel Boyer, is an eminent and recognized scholar who has conducted extensive fi eld research within this culture since the 1970s.
Magical invites you to explore the “magic” dimension of a selection of Tribal Art objects from Africa to America and Asia. Protective amulets, tools for divination or healing, these selected works illustrate an extremely rich aesthetical inventiveness. They vie with magical powers, through their expressions or attitudes of ferocity, protection or prayer, the evocation of mythical or ancestral characters, and the many additions such as ritual charges, pieces of metal, horns, shells, cloths… This year to spice up the event, Alain Bovis invites Michel Thieme (Amsterdam).
Tribal Art auction on June 6
The Austria Auction Company (AAC), which has sales rooms in Vienna’s Breuner Palace, has announced that it is collaborating with long-time tribal art collector Alfred Weissenegger in order to offer prospective buyers interesting non-European textiles and art objects. This new venue for the sale of tribal art promises to enrich the country’s national art market and compensate for the retirement of Erwin Melchardt from another major Austrian auction house, Dorotheum.
TEFAF New York Spring
Following its first installment last autumn, TEFAF New York will return to the Park Avenue Armory May 4–8. This time the organizers of this prestigious show will emphasize modern and contemporary art, a fine match for the dealers of the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas who will be participating. Jacques Germain from Montreal is planning a collection of African works with aesthetic links to the arts of the twentieth and twenty-fi rst centuries. Anthony J.P. Meyer in Paris specializes in the Oceanic and Eskimo art that influenced the surrealists, and Tambaran Gallery of New York will be there with an array of relevant masterpieces. More info on www.tefaf.com.
MATA New York
NEW YORK—Founded in 2012, the Madison Ancient and Tribal Art show will mark its sixth consecutive year in the space at 1016 Madison Avenue famously occupied for forty-three years by the Perls Gallery. Located just blocks from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this show has served as an annual focal point in New York for the arts of Africa, Oceania, Indonesia, and the ancient Americas, and participants include dealers based in the city as well as others from abroad. They bring with them a fi ne representation of traditional arts from around the world. This year’s dealers are still being determined but include James Stephenson from Brooklyn, Marc Assayag from Montreal, Kellim Brown from Brussels, and Peter Boyd from Seattle. The show also incorporates permanent galleries in other nearby locations that will stage special exhibitions. These include Pace Primitive, Tim Hunt Fine Art, Nasser & Co., and Arte Primitivo. This year’s MATA show opens May 12, 2017, and will be open to the public free of charge until May 14. Other dealers permanently on the Upper East Side—notably Tambaran Gallery and John Molloy Gallery—will also be presenting material independent of the event and are well worth a visit.