The Island Warrior
"The Island Warrior: Coconut Fibre Armour from Kiribati" is the fruit of a collaboration between the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and Tungaru: the Kiribati Project, the goal of which is to promote the artistic heritage of the Kiribati archipelagos, located at the crossroads of Polynesia and Micronesia. The incredible suits of armor created on these tiny islands throughout the nineteenth century are the centerpieces of this fascinating exhibition. Using historical documents as well as stories recorded from oral tradition, it examines how they were made and used. This armor was created from materials that occurred in the islanders’ natural environment. Coconut fiber was a major element, chosen for its strength and flexibility, and the suits were decorated with hair and complemented with helmets made from blowfish. A new suit made by contemporary artists based in New Zealand using traditional techniques is also included.
Voyage to the South Seas
The Atelier d’Artistes gallery will honor Oceania for the first time with this show. Titled "Voyages dans les mers du Sud" (Voyages to the South Seas), it will present some sixty diverse works—mainly paintings, drawings, and old photographs—created by European artists who traveled to these faraway and fascinating lands. Prominent among these are Danish painter August Plum, who traveled aboard the Galathea; British Royal Navy Captain Richard Oliver, who created fine watercolors that attest to the natural beauty of New Caledonia and document Vanuatu warriors; and Elizabeth Pulman, who produced superb portraits of Maori chiefs. This show will coincide with Parcours des Mondes, du 12 au 17 septembre.
"Journey Through a Collection" at musée Dobrée
The Musée Dobrée holds some 135,000 artworks that it inherited, first from the collection of the Société Archéologique et Historique de Nantes et de Loire-Atlantique and subsequently from French collector Thomas Dobrée. The museum is eclectic and universal, and it continues to expand its collection through a variety of active acquisitions and gifts from the state. Until October 1, 2017, the museum is presenting the opportunity to view some 350 of its artworks. This involves ten thematically organized spaces, in which the subject matter ranges from numismatics to Mediterranean archaeology and from sculpture to graphic arts. A section devoted to non-European art includes displays of weapons, ceramics, figures, and other ritual objects from Oceania, the Americas, Africa, and Asia. Together these artworks form a fascinating journey through time and space. For more info: https://grand-patrimoine.loire-atlantique.fr
The sacred stone of the Maori
New Zealand’s Te Papa Tongarewa Museum and the Ngāi Tahu iwi (family clan) will be represented at the Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac until October 1, 2017. The subject is pounamu, the Maori term for the sacred green stone that is characteristic of their art. Innocuous looking in its native state, this stone is found in the riverbeds of Te Waipounamu, or the South Island. This five-part exhibition presents the rich and varied culture of New Zealand’s first inhabitants. The first navigators arrived there some 800 years ago, guided by the stars from other parts of Polynesia, and named their new land Aotearoa, or “long white cloud,” based on their first sighting of it. The exhibition explores the origins, composition, and different varieties of pounamu, as well as the myths and stories that are associated with it. One legend says that pounamu holds within it the infinite beauty of Waitaki, a young woman transformed into stone by her lover in order to escape the wrath of her husband.
Galerie Franck Marcelin will host an atypical exhibition devoted to ceramics by Vincent Buffile that were inspired by the art of Papua New Guinea. Now the head of the atelier his mother, Léonie Sautet, founded in 1945, Buffile discovered New Guinea art at the 2000 exhibition devoted to it at the Musée des Arts Africains, Océaniens et Amérindiens de la Vieille Charité in Marseilles. His response to it was as strong as it was fertile. Soon after he started work on a series of plates that would take years to complete. The Papuan influences in these are clear, both in the decorative designs and in the ochre and black hues with which they are colored.
Nazca, Under the Sign of the Gods
Since it was discovered at the beginning of the twentieth century, the Nazca civilisation has fascinated the world. Its geoglyphs, aqueducts, textiles, and elaborate polychrome ceramics have riveted the attention of archaeologists. "Nazca, Under the Sign of the Gods" traces the history of this pre-Inca people of southern Peru and reveals their way of life and the challenges of survival in the region, as well as the techniques they used to create their art, the rituals of their funerary rites, and their mythology. The 300 objects on display include a group of five hitherto unseen textiles discovered by archaeologist Giuseppe Orefici at Cahuachi, a major Nazca ceremonial center. Not surprisingly, part of the exhibition is devoted to the astonishing geoglyphs of Palpa and Nazca. The exhibition concludes with an examination of the work of artist Elena Izcue, revealing the influences that Pre-Colombian textiles have had on modern art and ceramics. This event is the result of a partnership with the Museum Rietberg in Zurich, Switzerland, where it will be seen beginning on November 24, 2017. After that, it will be presented at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, Germany.
The Thaw Collection
Eugene V. Thaw has long been recognized as a leading dealer and collector of Old Master drawings and paintings as well as contemporary art. Having started a gallery on West 44th Street after WWII, he moved his business to Madison Avenue in 1962 and developed it into a place of international repute, representing famed artists and selling to institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. His personal passion had long been Old Master, Renaissance, and German Expressionist art, but also came to include Eurasian antiquities. Thaw and his wife, Clare, first began acquiring indigenous American art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1987. From the outset, they approached American Indian material culture as fine art, applying the same exacting standards of connoisseurship that they applied to other areas of their collection. They have engaged in a thirty-year quest to assemble exceptional works of art produced by cultures throughout North America. In 1991 the Thaws decided to share their collection with the American public by donating it to the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York, where it is on permanent view. They have continued to add to their donation there ever since. American Indian Art from the Fenimore Museum: The Thaw Collection, at the Met until October 8, 2017, highlights thirty-eight Native American masterworks from the Thaw Collection drawn from the holdings of the Fenimore. It features landmark creations in a range of media by gifted artists across North America—from the Arctic to the Southwest and the Eastern Woodlands to the Pacific Northwest—and encompasses close to 1,200 years of artistic tradition and innovation.
The Aztec Hotel
This summer, the musée du quai Branly will host an exhibition dedicated to American popular culture that revisits Meso-American art and archaeology. In the late 19th and 20th century, Mayan cities discovered hidden in the jungle unleashed the passions of many Western explorers, architects and archaeologists. The mystery surrounding it all, fueled the imagination of the Western world. The exhibition "Aztec Hotel" explores this “Mayamania" through a series of books, illustrations, posters, films and vintage record sleeves. Memorable are the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles with Pre-Columbian style elements and the Mayan-inspired costumes of the famous choreographer Martha Graham. The Neo-Mayan houses of architect Frank Lloyd Wright also made a lasting impression. Sven Kirsten, specialist in Tiki culture, conceived this exhibition which will be held at the Atelier Martine Aublet until October 8, 2017.
Frieze Masters 2017
The arts of Africa, Oceania, Asia, and the Americas will once again be well represented in this outstanding fair dedicated to modern and historic art. Faithful exhibitors at the event include Galerie Entwistle, Galerie Meyer, and Galerie de Grunne, whose fine displays always provide satisfying aesthetic opportunities. Donald Ellis will return to the fair with a thematic exhibition titled "Two Thousand Years of Inuit Art". The arts of North America will also be represented by Galerie Monbrison, which will offer a fine Bella Bella mask from the west coast of Canada. Objects from other lands will complete its offerings, including an impressive Mumuye figure from Nigeria. Galerie Bernard Dulon will also participate in Frieze Masters, where it will present a major museum-quality work: a Kota reliquary guardian figure that was collected before 1900 and was included in the renowned Eternal Ancestors exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2007–2008. Martin Doustar will participate in Frieze Masters for the first time this year with the exhibition "Kunstkammer: One Hundred Treasures from the Ancient World". The show will consist of artworks with diverse provenances from the Caribbean to Polynesia and from Africa to the Americas.
Objects of Art LA
The debut installment of the Objects of Art Show Los Angeles will present a unique experience for beginning as well as seasoned collectors and buyers. It will showcase an extensive array of antique, modern, and contemporary material ranging from fashion, jewelry, and decorative items to furniture, books, prints, paintings, and sculpture. Spanning the globe, the show will bring together fine art, folk art, tribal art, American Indian art, and contemporary art all under one roof, creating a visual and cultural feast that is both encompassing and exclusive. Objects of Art will be held October 6–8, 2017, at The Reef, a new space in Downtown Los Angeles for creative ventures and events. The opening night gala on the evening of October 6 will benefit Rock the Elephant, a global umbrella organization that addresses the wild- life crisis in Africa and around the world.