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.
The Great Pyramids in Egypt, Stonehenge in England, and the city of Teotihuacan were all built long ago but are famed the world over. Less well known but also extraordinary achievements are the earthen mounds that dot the landscape of North America, from the East to the Midwest to the South. These rise seventy to 100 feet in height and some are more than 5,000 years old. Some have been used for burials, others have been centers of trade and community gathering, and still others have served as the foundations for important buildings or activities, especially of a sacred and ritual nature. 'Moundbuilders: Ancient Architects of North America" tells the often enigmatic story of more than five millennia of Native American moundbuilding activity through photographs, archival excavation records, and more than sixty artifacts excavated at mound sites. The exhibition includes worked stone objects, ceramics, and seashell items including pendants and gorgets. The latter bear sacred designs associated with the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex—a system of signs and symbols shared among different groups living hundreds of miles apart in the years between AD 1000 and 1500. This group and their predecessors have been relatively little studied, and much remains to be discovered about these fascinating ancient peoples and their remarkable art forms.
Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA
This remarkable art event will run from September 2017 to January 2018 in the Greater Los Angeles Area. It brings together visual art exhibitions at seventy-five (yes, seventy-five) participating museums and university art galleries throughout Southern California. Each explores Latin American and Latino art and identity while raising complex and provocative issues about present-day relations throughout the Americas and the rapidly changing social and cultural fabric of Southern California. While the majority will emphasize modern and contemporary art, there also will be key exhibitions about the ancient world and the pre-modern era. Among these will be an exhibition of luxury objects from the Pre-Columbian Americas at the Getty, a rare showing of ancient Panamanian ceramics at LACMA, Pre-Columbian art and textiles at the Mingei, and an exploration of the interaction between the Chumash Indians and the Spanish missions in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries at UC Santa Barbara. For more info: www.pacificstandardtime.org.