"Les Mutants", by Soly Cissé
As part of Art Paris Art Fair, the Dapper museum puts the artist Soly Cissé in the spotlight. Very prolific, his work gathers drawings, paintings, videos and sculptures together. The exhibition "Les Mutants" features twenty works for the first time in France and echoes some of the traditional sculptures displayed in the current exhibition “Masterpieces from Africa". The Senegalese artist likes transgressing the major artistic trends of the 20th century. After interrogating it, he makes it his own and revisit it. His work reflects his questions about the world, his inconsistencies and his injustices.
Imaginary Ancestors is a group exhibition looking at Primitivism in modern and contemporary art, which comprises two parts: One room will be dedicated to works by André Derain and Max Pechstein together with a restaging of the exhibition Early African Heads and Statues from the Gabon Pahouin Tribes. That landmark show was originally realized by Paul Guillaume at the Durand- Ruel Gallery on 57th Street in New York, from February 15 to March 10, 1933. This exhibition was the first show to be devoted to a single African art style, with a large group of Fang sculptures presented on a table alongside Derain paintings made at the time. For Imaginary Ancestors, Bernard de Grunne sourced the majority of the sculptures included in the original exhibition, which will be reunited for the first time since 1933 at Almine Rech Gallery New York. A second room of this exhibition will present modern and contemporary artworks inspired by primitive art including primitive pieces from the personal collections of Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and David Smith.
Masterpieces from Africa. In the collections of the Musée Dapper.
Some of the most important works in the world are brought together for the first time for this exhibition of some 130 pieces, a tribute to the founder of the Fondation Dapper, Michel Leveau. These pieces of outstanding form and beauty are representative of the great cultures of Africa. Some are unique and without any equivalent in the world, such as the sculptures from Gabon (Fang, Kota, Punu), Cameroon (Bangwa), Benin (Fon) and Mali (Dogon, Soninke). The different pieces exhibited have been chosen for their sculptural qualities but also for the roles they played in the societies within which they were created: masks, statues, statuettes, altars, headdresses, weapons and other artefacts are closely linked to specific practices and forms of knowledge.
Sale of arts from Africa, Oceania, and the Pre-Columbian Americas at Millon
The auction house Millon has announced that it will hold a sale of traditional objects from Africa, Oceania, and the Pre-Columbian Americas on June 12 at the Hôtel Drouot. It will feature 150 lots from various private European collections. Interested parties can obtain the catalog for the sale by contacting Millon or by checking their website. For more information: www.millon.com
Arts of Africa and Oceania
This coming June 21, Sotheby’s will hold a sale dedicated to the arts of Africa and Oceania. Fewer than eighty lots will be offered, in keeping with the strategy shared by prestigious auction houses over recent years of offering less material, but with every lot rigorously selected for quality. An indicator of the success of this approach has been the low percentage of unsold lots at these sales. The works that will be offered this time address all tastes. Representative of a wide variety of artistic traditions, ranging from West Africa to Polynesia by way of New Ireland, together they are illustrative of striking and beautifully executed sculptural solutions and evince complete mastery of the materials they were made of, be it wood, clay, beads, cowrie shells, or any of an innumerable array of other materials. The arts of Africa will be represented by about fifty works, including historically significant artworks that art aficionados will immediately recognize.
Ethnographic Art: American Indian, Pre-Columbian, and Tribal
The auction house Heritage will hold a summer sale titled Ethnographic Art: American Indian, Pre-Columbian, and Tribal on June 23, 2017, at its Dallas headquarters and online. It features the particularly interesting collection of Pre-Columbian artworks from the Beverly Hills estate of Adeline Newman, who formed it in the 1950s and 1960s. Strong in West Coast Mexican and ancient Chupícauro ceramic sculpture, it bears affinities to the noted Natalie Wood Collection now at the Fowler Museum at UCLA, which was assembled at the same time. The sale will also feature highlights from the Dr. George Nelson Preston Collection. Preston, an art historian and original beat movement member, has spent a lifetime building a collection of African art. Prominent among these woks is a Kongo stone funerary stele, formerly in the Alfred Scheinberg Collection.
Pascali Sciamano and Tribal Art in Milano
The Carriero Foundation in Milano presents the exhibition "Pascali Sciamano". The work of the artist Pino Pascali (Bari, 1935 - Roma, 1965) is dialoguing with Tribal Art. The exhibition title refers to the artist's magical way of seeing the world, from animal or and individual identification phenomena to all kinds of classifying, logical and symbolic needs akin to an animist notion. More information are available on the Foundation website : http://fondazionecarriero.org/en/. On view until June 24.
Galerie Rê is presenting an exhibition featuring some thirty Moroccan textiles selected from the works in the collection of Tamy Tazi and Lucien Viola, well-known connoisseurs in this field. Produced in partnership with Daniel Shaffer and Ben Evans, editors of the acclaimed HALI magazine, the exhibition affords an opportunity to discover the subtleties and richness of the textile traditions that developed in various Moroccan communities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Throughout the world in main tribal cultures and rituals is the animal very often found. This leads to a multiplicity of representations based on morphological characteristics and qualities that are attributed to animals. The Galerie Bovis invites you to discover the wonderful ability of African, Himalayan and Melanesian sculptors to portray the animal with an infinite variety. About forty objects will be on display and will illustrate this great diversity of expressions and styles. Opening Thursday May 18 from 6-9 PM at the same time as the opening of Art Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
The Hohokam Puzzle
Central and southern Arizona was once home to the Hohokam people. They grew cotton, beans, squash, and corn; constructed buildings several stories high and impressive ball courts; crafted and traded colorful pottery; and built an immense system of irrigation canals, much of which is still in use today. After thriving in the desert of the American Southwest for more than a millennium, these people abandoned their settlements during the fifteenth century and disappeared from the archaeological record, leaving archaeologists to wonder, “What happened to the Hohokam?” Pieces of the Puzzle: New Perspectives on the Hohokam provides an overview of the Hohokam of this once-vibrant world. Like reconstructing a pot from sherds (which are a central part of this exhibition), archaeologists are fitting facts together to form a new perspective on life in the terminal Hohokam period of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, and the latest results of this work are traced in this exhibition.