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Enrico Donati

Enrico Donati

Author
Italy

Enrico Donati (b. 1909) is perhaps the last living Surrealist artist closely associated with the movement’s acknowledged leader, the French writer, critic, and theorist André Breton. Donati was an intimate friend of Breton, as well as of Marcel Duchamp, and was a key figure in the community of European expatriate artists living and working in New York during the World War II era. At the age of ninety-eight, he continues to live and work there. Donati was born geographically in the Old World and reborn artistically—twice—in the New World. A native of Milan, Italy, Donati pursued his first great passion—music—by completing a course in musical composition at the Milan Conservatory.1 Beginning in 1933, he practiced his musical métier in Paris, where he also studied old art in the museums and new art in the galleries...

Hugues Dubois

Hugues Dubois

Photographer
Belgium

“There are as many ways of photographing as there are photographers, just as there are as many ways of looking at an art object as there are people who look at it.” This sentiment, which Hugues Dubois expressed at the beginning of the interview below, invites an additional thought that this photographer, whose lenses have captured so many masterpieces but who is restrained by modesty, would never state: “Not all ways of looking at an object are of equal value.” That said, Dubois’ way is certainly exceptional. It is sensitive, respectful, analytical, and curious, and it testifies to a deep knowledge of and intimacy with the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas developed in the course of a career that has already spanned more than thirty years...

Liliane & Michel Durand-Dessert

Liliane & Michel Durand-Dessert

Collector
France

Sculpted bodies, the art of a distant continent, the passion of collecting ... . These are some of the qualities that will be evoked in a special exhibition sponsored by the annual tribal art event in Paris called Parcours des Mondes 2008. This special show will be hosted by the historic Hôtel de la Monnaie de Paris (the old Paris mint) from September 10 24, 2008, and is intended to embody the spirit of the Parcours, which strives to promote appreciation of and encourage the development of new interest for non-Western art. With this installation of nearly 150 unique sculptures from many parts of Africa, Fragments of the Living: African Sculptures from the Liliane and Michel Durand-Dessert Collection will offer a view of an intimate and impassioned approach to art...

Maine Durieu

Maine Durieu - Tribute

Dealer
France

Maine, you left us so suddenly, on tiptoes, almost without warning. A devastated, deeply moved, and contemplative crowd gathered the other day at the Church of Saint Roch, to say farewell at your fi nal departure. You began your travels in the 1960s, with trips fi rst to Niger, then to Zaire, and fi nally to Côte d’Ivoire. You began your career as a dealer in Abidjan. You found a path among the Lobi that resonated with you, one that took you off the beaten path of African sculpture as defi ned by Western tastes. You wrote of their statuary: “Lobi sculpture is above a sculptural truth. It is not an aestheticized art —man is always present with his faults and his deformations, but he is always gazing into the distance and his demeanor is infi nitely dignifi ed.” I wonder if your aunt, Germaine Richier, somehow infl uenced you with her philosophy of sculpture. In the 1980s in Paris, you opened a gallery on the Quai des Grands Augustins, on the fringes of the tribal art neighborhood of Paris.

Carl  Einstein

Carl Einstein

Author
Germany

Revered in his day for the liveliness of his curious mind and the insightfulness of his opinions in art matters, Carl Einstein (1885–1940) was all but forgotten for many decades. Only in the last twenty years have the critical writings of the author of the groundbreaking Negerplastik (1915), the first work on African art, been translated into various languages, allowing Einstein’s name to join those of other significant art theoreticians and modern thinkers, such as Walter Benjamin, Aby Warburg, and Georges Bataille. Last fall, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid paid homage to this distinguished intellectual, who was so engaged in the promotion of both cubism and African sculpture, with an exhibition titled La Invneción del siglo XX: Carl Einstein y les vanguardias (Invention of the 20th Century. Carl Einstein and the Avant Gardes)...

André Emmerich

André Emmerich

Dealer
United States

Andre Emmerich was one of the first art dealers— perhaps even the first—to champion pre-Columbian art, to present artifacts as "art." Located at 18 East 77th Street and later at the Fuller Building at 57th Street and Madison Avenue in New York City, his gallery represented major contemporary artists, including David Hockney, Hans Hofmann, Helen Frankenthaler, and Sam Francis. Concurrently, though, he mounted large exhibitions of Pre-Columbian art, accompanied by informative catalogs. These exhibits were offered from the second half of the 1950s to the early 1980s. During this period Emmerich further promoted Pre-Columbian art by lecturing, by writing and publishing articles and books, and with innovative projects...

Virginia  Fields

Virginia Fields - Tribute

Curator
United States

The tribal art world lost a beloved friend when Virginia Fields died in her sleep last June 16 during a recent trip to Mexico City. She, her husband, David, and her assistant, Victoria, were there to attend a conference related to Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s upcoming 2012 exhibit, Children of the Plumed Serpent: The Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico. Ginny, who came to LACMA in 1989 as the museum’s first curator of pre- Columbian art, was a distinguished Maya scholar but developed an expertise that spanned all of the Americas. During her twenty-two years at LACMA, she turned it into a powerhouse for the exhibition and study of pre-Columbian art and cultures. Under her leadership numerous outstanding exhibits traveled to other museums accompanied by distinguished catalogues that combined state- of-the-art scholarship with resplendent images...

Roland Flak

Roland Flak - Tribute

Gallery owner
France

In the Polynesian cultures that Roland loved so much, important individuals, sages, and elders are said to have a supernatural power known as mana. Among the Ashkenazi Jews, the same people are said to have the qualities of a mensch. Roland, a mensch with so much mana, left us on April 11. A humanist, a tolerant and open spirit, creative, generous, and with an insatiable curiosity for everything, faithful in friendship and in love—my father was all these things at once. The son of Polish immigrants who arrived in France in the 1920s, fleeing the misery of the pogroms, Roland was born during the war in 1940. His father, Henri, a volunteer in the French foreign forces, was a prisoner of war at the time of his birth...

Jeremiah H. Fogelson

Jeremiah H. Fogelson

Collector
United States

Jerry Fogelson is a familiar face at tribal art events. Living in western Oregon, he is a veteran African art enthusiast for some five decades, who has formed a remarkable collection that largely emphasizes the more aggressive sculpture of West Africa. Tribal art sat down with Jerry to find out a little more about what he's been doing...

Marc Franklin

Marc Franklin

Collector
United States

Marc Franklin is a familiar face at tribal art events in both United States and Europe. Based in San Francisco, he is a passionate collector who has been involved in the field since 1960, first with his wife Ruth, who was an important contributor to this magazine in its early years, and now with his partner Betty Kaplan. He also shares his love of tribal art with his two children, Jonathan and Alison...