The Flak gallery will present its latest thematic exhibition entitled "New Beginnings" in an entirely renovated and enlarged gallery. This exhibition space, redesigned with clear and pure lines, will be the stage of the next edition of Parcours des Mondes, with a selection of ancient art from Africa, the Americas and Oceania. Maori sculptures from Polynesia will stand alongside shamanic figures of the Old Bering Sea (archaic Eskimo from Alaska) and masks from Gabon. The arts celebrated by the Surrealists (Malagan effigies, Kashina dolls, Sepik ancestors) will also be highlighted in this inaugural exhibition. By the Flak galley, at 8, rue des Beaux-Arts, during Parcours des mondes 2017. For more info please visit: http://www.tribalartmagazine.com/annonceurs-6#advertiser_37.
Universal and Sublime
Until October 15, 2017, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta is presenting an exhibition of terracotta vessels and related works by renowned artist Magdalene Odundo (British, born Kenya, 1950). "Universal and Sublime: The Vessels of Magdalene Odundo" traces the trajectory of her work over the course of three decades, from its genesis in the early 1980s through her most recent innovations, including new works created especially for the exhibition. Odundo’s art has become immediately recognizable over the years for its distinctive, sensuous forms. Her ceramics synthesize artistic traditions ranging from Greek and Roman pottery to Elizabethan costumes to the art of modern masters Henri Matisse and Amedeo Modigliani, to the vessels that African women have made throughout the centuries to carry and store water.
Intricate and vibrant patterns have long been a trademark of Hawaiian artistic expression, whether stamped onto barkcloth, drawn onto gourds, woven into mats, or tattooed into skin. "Hulia ‘Ano: Inspired Patterns" examines the "’ano", or nature, of an object in pattern, shape, and form through treasures drawn from the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum’s ethnology collection and supplemented by its vast natural science collection. In doing so, it casts light onto Hawaiian aesthetic traditions by spotlighting design motifs and their visual similarities with the natural world. The installation highlights bold-patterned kapa (barkcloth), fine makaloa sedge mats, dyed gourds, a mahiole (royal feathered helmet), and ‘ohe kapala (bamboo stamps). Objects from the museum’s natural science collections include plant specimens, land- and seashells, and other exquisite examples from the zoological collection. Together they express a unique aesthetic that is firmly rooted in the organic realm yet is one of the great art traditions of the human world.
Arts of War: Artistry in Weapons across Cultures
Arts of War: Artistry in Weapons across Cultures is a new exhibition at Harvard University’s Peabody Museum that presents the varied beauty and craftsmanship of weapons drawn from cultures around the world. From maces, clubs, daggers, and spears, to shields, helmets, and entire suits of armor, this exhibition highlights more than 150 striking examples of deadly objects that are also extraordinary works of art. On view until October 18, 2017, it unveils the stories behind some of the most stunning war artworks ever created and reveals the passion and purpose of the people who made them.
The OAS Forum
On Saturday 21 October 2017, the Oceanic Art Society organizes “The OAS Forum”, a one day symposium about oceanic art. It will take place at the The Savage Club in Melbourne, Australia. Many speakers are expected to date, including Virginia Lee Webb Ph.D., an art historian specialized in Oceanic art, African art, and photography. She will explore the early twentieth-century voyages to the Pacific, such as the Grand Tour undertaken by upper class European young people to complete their cultural education. Her lecture will discuss the objectives, itineraries and results of these expeditions. Dr Susan Kloman of Christie's New York will give a lecture on the hero Bilishoi and the provenance of an important corpus of Biwat sculptures. Sam Singer, collector of Oceanic, Aboriginal, Indonesian and Himalayan art for twenty years, will present photographs of his collection inside his home and pictures of a few of his favorite objects. The others participants will include Ross Bowden, Michael Hamson, Crispin Howarth, Mark Blackburn, D’Lan Davidson, and Anthony Meyer. For more details, please visit: www.oceanicartsociety.org.au.
Tribal and Curiosity Sale
Viennese auction house Dorotheum has appointed Joris Visser as the new director of its tribal art department. As a dealer in Brussels for many years and at his family’s gallery in Amsterdam before that, he is al- ready well known to collectors. The first sale that Visser will produce will be held on October 21, 2017, and will feature Oceanic and African artworks, as well as scientific instruments and other curiosities.
The Scalp and the Calumet
How has the West imagined and represented the American Indian from the sixteenth century through the modern day? The Musée du Nouveau Monde and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de La Rochelle try to answer that question in this exhibition. Organized thematically and chronologically, the presentation deconstructs the stereotypes and fantasies created and nourished by art, advertisements, and other phenomena relating to the Old West. The “new continent” has been the source of fascination and astonishment ever since Christopher Columbus first landed on its shores, and whether as a “noble savage,” a romantic hero, a wild libertarian, or a bloodthirsty savage, the Native American has been imprinted upon the European collective imagination in many ways. Like a mirage, these representations have shifted as philosophical, artistic, and ideological currents waxed and waned in the Old World. In the nineteenth century, for example, the Indian was presented as a cruel and perfidious enemy at the time of the Indian Wars in the American West. In the twentieth, he sometimes was reduced to an entertaining figure or even a sports mascot and was deemed to be child-like. Perceptions today are more evolved, but the extent of the tragic history of these wide-ranging peoples remains poorly understood. This is all the more reason why this exhibition, which brings together some 300 works.
Tribal Art Fair Amsterdam 2017
The 15th annual Amsterdam Tribal Art Fair will be produced under the direction of Finette Lemaire of Gallery Lemaire. Some twenty dealers from the Netherlands and neighboring countries will once again gather at the beautiful De Duif exhibition venue to present a vibrant selection of sculptures, masks, ornaments, weapons, and other objects from Africa, Oceania, Asia, and the Americas. A program of lectures and other events has been scheduled, which will enhance the experience provided by the dealers and the widely varied artworks they will present.
On November 11, 2017, the auction house Zemanek-Münster will offer a selection of objects collected by Albert Schweitzer. Born in 1875 in Alsace, this doctor, philosopher, musician, pastor, and Protestant theologian received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952 for his work in Africa. He lived for many years in Gabon, where in 1913 he and his wife, Helene, opened a medical clinic for the most destitute. Considered by the French to be an enemy during the First World War, the couple was interned in France in a camp for civilian prisoners. After the war Schweitzer returned to Gabon several times to continue his work. He died at Lambarene in 1965. The collection on offer includes masks from different periods, ethnographic items, and Schweitzer memorabilia. The material was given by the “jungle doctor” to Emmy Martin, an employee and close confidante of Schweitzer’s.
"Spirits, Gold, and the Shaman" at the Château des ducs de Bretagne
To mark the occasion of 2017 as France- Colombia year, the Museo del Oro of Colombia is presenting a selection of more than 220 gold, gold alloy, ceramic, and stone objects from its marvelous collection of Pre-Hispanic artworks. At the Château des ducs de Bretagne, the exhibition explores the symbols embodied in these objects—some of which are more than 2,500 years old—and explores their ritual uses. In Pre-Hispanic societies, gold was considered to have great spiritual value, and its many properties, such as color, resistance to fire, brilliance, etc., were considered symbolic. Gold objects played a key role in the rites of metamorphosis practiced by chiefs and shamans. "Les Esprits, l’Or et le Chaman— Chefs d’oeuvre du Musée de l’Or de Colombie" explores these indigenous societies’ conception of nature and culture, as well as the role of body painting and plants in the transformations of shamans and their flights to other dimensions of the universe. Questions of identity and transformation are central to the exhibition. The visitor is invited to both discover and view the world in a different way and to question his own way of seeing his identity and that of others when viewed through the shamanic lens.