"Matisse in the Studio" at the Royal Academy of Arts
Using the pieces Henri Matisse collected as a starting point, this exhibition focuses on the role they played in his own artworks. Thai Buddhist statues, Bamana figures from Mali, furniture and textiles from North Africa—objects from the four corners of the world were reinvented by the artist innumerable times. Although rarely of high monetary value, they are notable in that they inspired him to go beyond the limits of Western art. Through his African masks and sculptures, Matisse found new ways to depict human faces and forms. Objects from the Islamic world inspired the sensuous curves of his odalisques, and his simplified language of signs is imbued with the precision of Chinese calligraphy and the geometry of African textiles. The exhibition juxtaposes these pieces with the paintings, drawings, and sculptures that in many cases they gave rise to. It can be seen at the Royal Academy of Arts August 5–November 12, 2017. For more info: www.royalacademy.org.uk
The Collection of Edwin & Cherie Silver
Edwin and Cherie Silver spent some sixty years assembling a connoisseur collection of art, which they displayed to great effect in their mid-century home in Los Angeles. Ranging from Kota reliquaries to modernist art to a Northwest Coast totem pole that was exhibited at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, the Silver Collection long formed a cornerstone of the Los Angeles art collecting community. Sotheby’s has announced that the Silver Collection will be offered in a series of auctions, the centerpiece of which will be a dedicated single-owner sale of African, Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, and American Indian art held during the height of the New York auction season on November 13, 2017. The auction is led by the aforementioned group of Kota reliquary figures from Gabon and the Congo. Selected highlights from the Silver Collection will travel to Sotheby’s Paris in September to be shown during the Parcours des Mondes art fair. They will be previewed there from September 10–16 along with selected works from the auction house’s December Paris sale of African and Oceanic art. The exhibition will be held at Galerie Aveline, located near Sotheby’s Galerie Charpentier headquarters. The Silver Collection will return to its hometown of Los Angeles for another exhibition at Sotheby’s headquarters there October 16–18 and then in San Francisco October 19–21. The collection in its entirety will then be exhibited at Sotheby’s New York alongside the marquee autumn auctions of impressionist, modern, and contemporary art in recognition of the historical connections and aesthetic affinities these art forms share.
TRIBAL ART 2
This sale held in Vienna on November 18, 2017, will be the second auction organized by the newly established Austria Auction Company, managed by Davut Mizrahi and Udo Langauer. Their expert is longtime collector Alfred Weissenegger. For more information, visit their website at www.austriaauction.com.
The Routes of Africa
The brainchild of Gaëlle Beaujean-Baltzer, curator of the museum’s African collection, in collaboration with Catherine Coquery- Vidrovitch of Paris 7 University, this event affirms Africa’s central place in world history. Sculptures, paintings, jewelry, and objects in gold, among other objects, will represent the riverine, maritime, and commercial land routes that have made Africa a continent of commerce and trade for more than fi ve millennia.
The Anishinaabeg: Art and Power
From June 17 to November 19, 2017, the Royal Ontario Museum will present an exhibition that delves into the rich and powerful culture of the Anishinaabeg. It is a rare opportunity to learn about their lives, traditions, beliefs, and sacred stories. Anishinaabeg: Art and Power traces the artistic evolution of this group of related northern North American tribes from ancient times to the present day. The art of the Anishinaabeg was strongly influenced by the contacts they had with and by the arrival of Europeans in Canada. The exhibition examines the range of these connections while presenting the great beauty and power of the cultural past of these remarkable peoples.
Christie’s Paris: Claude Vérité Collection & Various Owners
Christie’s will preview a selection of works from September 12–17—coinciding with the Parcours des Mondes art fair, which attracts visitors from all over the world—that will be offered at the two auctions it has announced for November 21 and 22, 2017. The first of these sales will be devoted to works from the Claude Vérité Collection and will feature 185 major Oceanic, Northwest Coast, and African artworks. Some of the latter were collected by Paul Vérité in the 1950s. Among them is a fine group of reliquary guardian figures. The sale will be a pleasant surprise to all those who thought that the Vérité well had run dry after the land- mark auction of 2006. Christie’s “various owners” sale will be held on November 22. A carefully selected group of some sixty artworks will be offered. About half of these will be Oceanic, reflecting an ever-increasing demand for material from this region. One lot that promises to be the subject of a great deal of interest will be a beautiful New Ireland uli figure that has been off the market and dormant in a private German collection for many years. A major Hemba ancestor figure, a masterpiece of African sculpture, will also be a highlight of this auction. It was acquired by a French collector from Jacques Kerchache some forty years ago.
"In the Age of Contacts" in Santa Barbara
"Sacred Art in the Age of Contact: Chumash and Latin American Traditions" in Santa Barbara will bring together a diverse body of objects from Santa Barbara-area collections dating from roughly fifty years following the first contact between the native Chumash and the Spanish in 1769. Together, the materials presented in the exhibition will offer an encompassing picture of the relationship between art and spirituality within both the Chumash and the Spanish traditions while demonstrating the sustained deployment of Chumash visual systems by native artists in early colonial visual culture. These relationships still have immediate implications on the cultural dynamics of Santa Barbara County today. The exhibition will be presented at two venues, the Art, Design & Architecture Museum of UC Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.
Threads of Time
"Threads of Time: Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Textiles" explores the breadth and depth of indigenous American fiber arts ranging from weavings in cotton and camelid hair to featherwork and items made from plants. The museum’s permanent collection contains more than 700 examples, of which 149 are on display, many for the first time. Fiber arts were of the highest importance among many of the indigenous cultures of the Americas. The exhibition explores how these beautiful and complex textiles embody the traditional values, materials, and ideas of their respective indigenous cultures while also embracing new techniques, imagery, and types of objects as they changed over time. For example, values embedded in the Quechua language spoken by the Inca and millions of their descendants can be traced in the textiles of the Andes, even as guitars, horses, and other Western elements entered the artistic vocabulary. These new elements make the textiles no less legitimate, but rather emblematic of an evolving culture.
Raven's Many Gifts: Native Art of the Northwest Coast
The Peabody Museum offers you to explore the living relationships among humans, animals, ancestors and supernatural beings through works of Native art from the Pacific Northwest Coast created during the past 200 years. Ceremonial regalia, trade goods and art sold in galleries today reveal creative expressions of family, heritage, politics and commerce in a changing world. Raven's Many Gifts presents artworks that convey broadly shared aesthetic and cultural traditions while emphasizing the distinctiveness of various indigenous communities and their artists. The themes - Living Stories, Family Connections and Market Innovations - feature objects from PEM's renowned collection of Native American art from the Northwest Coast. The Raven in the installation's title is the Northwest Coast culture hero who brought light to the world.
Le Havre–Dakar: Sharing the Memory
An exhibition devoted to the substantial Senegalese and Franco-Senegalese community of Le Havre is seeking to highlight and give voice to African art objects. The event is the fruit of collaboration between two Senegalese museums: the Musée Théodore Monod and the Musée des Civilisations Noires. The show was conceived of as a “laboratory” for the latter museum, which will open in Dakar in 2018. It strives to show the wealth, the age, and the deep meaning of the traditional arts of West Africa while also presenting them alongside contemporary creations. The installation is divided into four sections: patrimony, contemporary, animals, and stories—the latter relating to the immaterial patrimony of youth. Masks, ornaments, furniture, and musical instruments will be featured, along with other exceptional objects.