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Brian & Diane Leyden

Brian & Diane Leyden

Collector
United States

African art may not be the first thing most people think of when the New York City suburb of Long island comes to mind. Accents, yes. Asye usu, perhaps less so. But in a leafy bedroom community there is hidden one of the finest and most tightly focused private collections of traditional sculpture from Côte d'Ivoire that you're likely to encounter. This is the result of some forty years of collecting by Brian and Diane Leyden, and, in a rare turn, it's a collection that over time has gotten smaller rather than larger. Brian started collecting art in the early 1970s. He was working in an international logistics - that is, expending the shipping of commodities such as steel, oil and coal - an intense career for which he found art was an effective and even necessary escape...

Mort Lipkin

Mort Lipkin - Tribute

Dealer
United States

Mort Lipkin was a good friend of mine who served both as a valued mentor in pre-Columbian art and a role model as a tribal art dealer until his passing this last February. Mort and Rebecca lived in Amsterdam, London, and Phoenix, raising a daughter. Linda, and a son. Bryan. Mort was old school and definitely was glad that he started his business career when he did so he did not have to deal with computers, social media, and the Internet. He remembered remarkable stories of a time when business was more personal, such as sitting on the floor with banker and Uniontown, Pennsylvania, collector Jay Leff with fifty pieces spread out waiting to be included in a "package" of objects...

Peter Loebarth

Peter Loebarth - Tribute

Collector
Germany

Peter Loebarth has passed away on July 25 at the age of seventyfour, after a long illness. Born in Memel, Lithuania, in 1941, Peter grew up in Hameln, Germany. He traveled a great deal professionally throughout Europe and also in Africa, notably in Botswana, Togo, Egypt, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, which he visited on several occasions. From his first stay there, he became actively interested in African art. Peter developed a great sensibility for old and high-quality objects, and the great number of works he collected aroused the interest of many Western dealers. A large number of pieces he collected are today in important collections, including those of Baselitz and Muhlack, to name just a few. They regularly come up for sale at major auctions as well. In addition to works from Tanzania and the Congo, he also collected many Lobi artworks. From 1987 until 1991, Peter ran the Balolu Gallery in Amsterdam in partnership with Gerbrand Luttik. The adventure was short-lived however, since Peter’s many activities left him too little time to devote to it. His many travels and contacts in Africa had also given him a thorough knowledge of political relations, and he had become a sought-after spokesperson and advisor. Had it not been for his tragic illness, Peter would still be a central figure in the tribal art world today, thanks to his experience, his contacts, and his immense knowledge of the field.

George Lois

George Lois

Art director
United States

George Lois is a world-renowned advertising “guru” and communications innovator whose long and outstanding career has been the subject of numerous accolades, not in the least a 2008 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York that focused on thirty-two magazine covers designed by him for Esquire in the 1960s and ‘70s. Now in his eighties, George remains active today and has been a subscriber to Tribal Art magazine since issue #1 twenty years ago. We speak to him about his passion for art...

Martha W. Longenecker

Martha W. Longenecker - Tribute

Collector
United States

Martha Longenecker, who died this past November at the age of ninety- three after a brief illness, was one of those rare individuals whose artistic spirit, will, and relentless drive left a lasting legacy in the art world. As a teacher (professor of art at San Diego State University), artist, and founding director of the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, she saw the power of visual expression and its relationship to spiritual self, as well as to the larger world of mankind. I first met Martha in 2003 at the memorial for Billy Pearson, my wife Mia Pearson’s father. Billy and Martha had been close for more than fifty years, sharing a passion for art through a similar critical eye...

Ross Lovegrove

Ross Lovegrove

Artist
United Kingdom

Ross Lovegrove is an innovative designer/ sculptor of international renown based in London. As a tribal art collector, Ross is eclectic but highly aesthetic in his choices, which usually combine material, form, and function. I met him in his high-tech studio in Notting Hill Gate, where contemporary design items mingle comfortably with prehistoric tools and bone implements ... among other things...

Daniel Malcolm

Daniel Malcolm - Tribute

Collector
United States

Born in New York City on April 17, 1929, graduated from the medical school of the Columbia University and established in Tenafly, New Jersey, Daniel Malcolm fell in love with african art in 1966 during the exhibition "L’art nègre: sources, évolution, expansion", which traveled from Paris to Dakar. Over the course of nearly five decades, Daniel and his wife, Marian, built one of the finest collections of traditional sub-Saharan art in the world.

Michael Martin

Michael Martin

Collector
Australia

By profession Michael Martin is a radiologist and by avocation a serious collector of New Guinea and Polynesian art. Because he is based in Melbourne, he is not an especially familiar face at auctions and galleries in Europe and the United States, but his reach is long, and over the last decade and a half he has developed a well-chosen collection of artworks that includes a number of noteworthy and iconic examples. He has a particular affinity for objects that are early, masterfully rendered, and that demonstrate clear signs of use and care from their original owners. We had the pleasure of sharing a fi ne lunch with him on a sunny afternoon at an old bistro in Paris during the most recent Parcours des Mondes and chatted about his interests.

Patrice Masseboeuf

Patrice Masseboeuf

Collector
France

Patrice Masseboeuf is an art lover, collector, and a former vice-president of the Musée Vivant des Arts et des Civilisations Africaines de Nantes. Initiated by an antique dealer, he has been into african art for more than 40 years. He is the curator of several exhibitions.

Ron  Messick

Ron Messick - Tribute

Dealer
United States

The friends of Ron Messick are too many to count and we share a collective grief at his untimely passing. Nine years ago, Ron and his long-time partner Paul Rochford opened a gallery featuring indigenous and colonial art of North and South America in a 250-year-old adobe house on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico. With an unerring eye for pottery, textiles, paintings, and furniture, they also included objects from North Africa and even presented one of the first important exhibitions of Himalayan masks ever held in the United States. With a keen aesthetic, genuine warmth, and broad-ranging knowledge that made clients feel ever comfortable, theirs was an immediate success...