An interview with Stéphane Jacob from Galerie Arts d’Australie

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Paris, 26 March 2015

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A block of earthy colours tucked away in a corner of the Grand Palais, the booth of the Galerie Arts d’Australie is irresistibly welcoming: the gallerist Stéphane Jacob welcomes visitors there to discover contemporary Aboriginal art. AMA invites you to discover a relatively unknown but fascinating universe.

  • Could you tell about the identity of your gallery and how it was founded?

S. J.: Ever since it was founded in 1996, the gallery has specialised in Australian arts, with a particular focus on contemporary Aboriginal works and those from the isles of the Torres Strait. I founded it when I returned to Australia, with the wish to make collections directed towards museums as well as private collectors. I contributed particularly to making the collections of Aboriginal art in the Musée des Confluences in Lyon. As a gallery, we especially aim to teach our spectators whilst trying to have a maximum number of well-informed assistants present to reply to questions from both [.../...]

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TEFAF 2015: an interview with Madelon Strijbos

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Maastricht, 17 March 2015

TEFAF

Organised by The European Fine Art Foundation, TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair) is an annual art fair hosted at the MECC in Maastricht, Netherlands. First held in 1988, the fair attracts around 70,000 private collectors, museum curators, art market professionals, and art lovers annually and is considered one of world’s best and most important art fairs. The 28th edition, running from 13 until 22 March 2015, comprises 274 leading art and antiques dealers from around 20 countries, representing a wide range of disciplines spanning from Egyptian antiquities and African Tribal Art to contemporary East Asian Art. AMA got the chance to talk to Madelon Steijbos, head of Marketing and PR for TEFAF at this year’s must-see event.

Are you happy with how the fair is unfolding so far? Yes, so far so good! The vibe is extremely good at the fair; you can see lots of red and green dots in the different stands so it’s a promising start. Just by walking and looking around, you can see that the dealers and [.../...]

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Tags: Aboriginal Art, Pre-Columbian Art, Native American Art, Oceanic Art, Asian Art, African Art, Fairs & Shows, Interviews


A journey to the edge of anxiety: an interview with Olivier de Sagazan

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Paris, 2 March 2015

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Self-proclaimed “painter, sculptor, performer, who is constantly anxious yet fascinated by being ‘there’ without any understanding…” Olivier de Sagazan is a philosophical artist who takes his inspiration from Africa, where he was born, staging performances of terrifying dances which reflect his constant preoccupation with the meaning of life. AMA spoke to him and delved into the worrying world of this astonishing artist.

  • Can you present your career to us briefly?

O. S.: After my MA in biology, I had the chance to go to Cameroon for two years. These years really saved me, allowing me to take a step back and return to my roots: Africa, where I was born. Just before I left, I discovered, by looking at a Rembrandt painting, another amazing way of questioning life. Coming back, I spent a year locked up working on a comic strip, Ipsul ou la rupture du cercle, and then I immersed myself in painting and sculpture. Performance was something I worked on later, as a [.../...]

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Tags: Native American Art, African Art, Oceanic Art, Pre-Columbian Art, Aboriginal Art, Asian Art, Interviews, Events


Interview with Didier Claes: the new Director of Bruneaf in Brussels

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Brussels, 15 January 2014,

Interview with Didier Claes: the new Director of Bruneaf in Brussels

Winter Bruneaf (Brussels Non-European Art Fair), which takes place between 22 and 26 January, is to mark this edition with a new committee, elected on 10 October 2013, which includes Didier Claes as President, Marc Leo Felix as Secretary and Patrick Mestdagh as Vice-President and Treasurer. The first African art fair in Brussels, this is the sister edition of June’s original Bruneaf event. AMA with Artkhade met with the new president to discuss his ambitions for the fair.

  • For this new edition of Bruneaf, there has been a certain element of renewal in the event’s management – why was this necessary?

D. C.: Bruneaf has existed for 24 years, and has always been directed by its founder, Pierre Loos. For 2014 we needed to renew the team and to breathe a bit of new life into the fair. To coincide with the event’s progression, certain things had to be changed, for example at senior level, and I think that any self-respecting fair deserves to have a committee of [.../...]

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Tags: Asian Art, Aboriginal Art, Oceanic Art, African Art, Fairs & Shows, Interviews


Interview with Pierre Moos

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Paris, 6 September 2012

Pierre Moos

From 11 to 16 September 2012, the Parcours des Mondes, the most important international salon dedicated to tribal arts, will be celebrating its 11th edition in Paris. Galleries in the quartier des Beaux-arts in the area of Saint-Germain des Prés will welcome the 64 international exhibitors of this edition. In addition to France, they will represent nine countries and three continents. This year, the event will be chaired by Lionel Zinsou of the Zinsou Foundation, the first foundation specialised in Benin culture and art, and also chairman of PAI Partners and member of the board of directors of the Société des amis du Quai Branly.

It is largely thanks to Pierre Moos, director of the Parcours des Mondes, and to his team, that the look on tribal art, seen as “primitive art” for a long time, has deeply evolved. Artkhade with Art Media Agency was delighted to have the opportunity to interview Mister Moos about this exceptional event.

  • **Where does your passion for tribal come from? What do you find fascinating in this [.../...]
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Tags: Aboriginal Art, Pre-Columbian Art, Native American Art, Oceanic Art, Asian Art, African Art, Fairs & Shows, Interviews


Parcours des mondes, interview with Bernard Dulon

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Paris, 9 September 2011

“Parcours

From 7 to 11 September, the most recent edition of Parcours des mondes is taking place in Saint–Germain–des–Prés in Paris. It is the biggest event dedicated to tribal art in the world. This year, 64 traders came from all over the world to exhibit exceptional collections that had been put together just for the occasion. Two days after its opening, Artkhade with Art Media Agency met with Bernard Dulon, one of the most recognised dealers in tribal art, to discover the event’s organisation and get feedback on how things are going since it opened.

  • How is the 2011 edition going so far?

Bernard Dulon: Yet again this year, the Parcours des mondes has been met with great success, with many visitors frequenting the fair. Regarding the business side of things, the enterprise generated is clear and we have already sold several items in the gallery and by telephone.

  • So you have already sold some works?

B. D.: Yes and no. The Parcours is obviously an occasion to talk about our [.../...]

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Tags: Asian Art, African Art, Oceanic Art, Native American Art, Pre-Columbian Art, Aboriginal Art, Exhibitions, Art Market, Interviews


Mathias Ary Jan or the art of reconquest

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Paris, 3 September 2017

He’s young and (very) dynamic. And he’s also at the head of the most exclusive event of the back-to-school period. His mission is to bring new life to the Biennale, the paragon of taste and vigour. An hour with Mathias Ary Jan.

The platform is international, the dialectic commercial. For its first edition (as a yearly event), La Biennale Paris shows a desire to leave old rivalries aside and to devote itself to new goals. Created under the sign of excellence, this twenty-ninth opus may well be the one that reconquers the public. This, in any case, is the priority of Mathias Ary Jan, a specialist in paintings from the end of the 19th century and the Orientalist school, now also president of the Syndicat National des Antiquaires. His strategy? Gathering around 5000 objects under the glass roof of the Grand Palais over eight days, according to new standards of rigour. A renewal, thus, for this upper-end rendezvous that remains the most chic event in the world of art. One where international collectors can (finally) get back on the track of big deals!

  • **Despite its new yearly rhythm, the Biennale is preserving its name. Isn’t that a little [.../...]
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Tags: Native American Art, Aboriginal Art, Pre-Columbian Art, Asian Art, Oceanic Art, African Art, Interviews, Fairs & Shows


BACK TO THE “EXOTIC ART” ERA...

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As part of this year’s Parcours des Mondes, young dealers Charles-Wesley Hourdé and Nicolas Rolland are filling the Espace Tribal with an updated version of a mythical exhibition held at the Galerie du Théâtre Pigalle in 1930.

Last year, Parcours des Mondes’ cultural exhibition played the métissage card when gallerist Javier Peres opted to show classical African artworks next to pieces by contemporary artists such as Melike Kara and Donna Huanca. This year, we take a look in the rear-view mirror as we relive a key moment for tribal art in Europe: the 1930 exhibition at the Galerie du Théâtre Pigalle, organised by Tristan Tzara, Charles Ratton and Pierre Loeb. Today’s version, produced by two dealers in collaboration with the team of Tribal Art Magazine, will gather thirty or so objects that featured in the original exhibition (which showed over 400 works), accompanied by photographs and archive documents – catalogues, journals, invitation cards, press articles. All this to better appreciate the impact of this mythical exhibition on Western imagination [.../...]

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Tags: Oceanic Art, Interviews, Events, Fairs & Shows


Laurent Grasso or vibrant Earth energy

As autumn gets underway, Laurent Grasso is returning to the Galerie Perrotin with “OttO”, an exhibition which reveals the mysteries of Aboriginal sacred land, through objects and a film going by the same name. The artist has shared with AMA the issues underlying his practice: between the visible and the invisible, the scientific and the sacred…

A Steiner machine, sculptures in hypnotic forms, glass spheres… These are some of the different objects associated with Laurent Grasso’s new film, OttO, now showing in France for the first time. In this work, the artist continues his work on representing the intangible, and his research on aesthetic, fictional and poetic variations on scientific mythologies, theories or utopias… Explanations follow.

Your new – and second – exhibition at the Galerie Perrotin refers to Aboriginal culture. What prompted your interest in this area?

In 2018, I was invited to take part in the Biennale of Sydney, and planned to undertake a local project for it. I’ve always been interested in the culture of this people, their relationship to the cosmos and the invisible, in the Earth’s imperceptible vibrations, of which [.../...]

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Tags: Aboriginal Art, Interviews