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Paris, 27 September 2016
A Bakongo nail fetish, a Jivaro shrunken head, or a sculpture from Papua New Guinea… From “museum-quality” pieces to charming finds, Artkhade looks back to a crazy week: the Parcours des Mondes.
The tribal-arts market is fascinating. Less dangerous than operating a uranium mine in Gabon, more restful than Tintin’s adventures in Congo, it has experienced an unprecedented boom in the last fifteen years or so. The quest for “magic” objects from Africa, Oceania or the Americas draws dealers and collectors to Paris every year at the quirky Parcours des Mondes * in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district. This eminently tribal rendezvous, a deliciously ritualistic ceremony, brings together the cream in international dealing every September. To give a literary comparison, one might say that the magic of the Parcours des Mondes is a bit like the shock inflicted by L’Afrique fantôme… it is just as enchanting as Michel Leiris’ book. The type of week that might set you into a trance until Christmas.
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Paris, 6 September 2016
On the occasion of the Parcours des Mondes fair, young collector Inti Ligabue draws up a portrait of one of the broadest Italian art collections, ranging from prehistory to modern paintings via tribal art. An inventory.
*Inti Ligabue, thirty-five years old, was appointed honorary president of the 15th edition of the Parcours des Mondes fair. This year, the event is drawing to Paris 80 international galleries specialising in tribal and Asian arts, from 6 to 11 September. Inti is the son of Giancarlo Ligabue, who passed away in 2015, and who gained renown as an archaeologist, palaeontologist and collector, as well as a political figure and businessman at the head of Gruppo Ligabue, a hundred-year-old family business dealing in food freight and services, present on every continent. This eminent Italian public figure left behind an incomparable legacy, including an extraordinary art collection covering a few thousand years. To carry on this adventure, Inti Ligabue launched, in January [.../...]See more
London, 27 August 2016
Bryan Reeves has stood for a certain vision of tribal art and culture ever since he launched the Tribal Perspectives fair in 2007. Since then, the event has grown, changed its name and venue by moving into The Mall Galleries to become Tribal Art London. At the start of September, Art Media Agency with Artkhade went to London, winding through the fair’s alleys, to meet Bryan Reeves.
B. R.: I like introducing Tribal Art London as a cultural fair. Our exhibitors cover all fields of tribal art around the globe, and we have a well-developed conference programme, offering debates in fields as wide as culture or ethnography — the aim being to increase understanding of tribal art without contenting ourselves with merely being a strictly commercial fair. Today, the fair is heading to its ninth birthday. When we started, we were no more than a small exhibition with three dealers — “Tribal Perspectives”. We gradually developed the fair, then moved to a fantastic spot, [.../...]See more
Paris, 24 May 2016
Julie Arnoux is executive director of the Friends Society of the Musée du Quai Branly. For twelve years, she has been in charge of this association that supports the museum’s development and renown. Alongside this role, she set up, three years ago, Delvoyeurs. This project, shared with three founding partners, aims to design and promote exhibitions, develop editorial projects, produce contemporary artistic works, and support cultural players in their development strategies. Art Media Agency met her also to discuss the organisation of the Bourgogne Tribal Show (from 26 to 29th May).
J. A.: The Bourgogne Tribal Show comes from a fairly zany idea thought up by four dealers specialising in the so-called “primitive” arts: Laurent Dodier, Bruno Frey, Jacques Lebrat and Anthony Meyer. Their project was to set up a festive, convivial event in a different place. They [.../...]See more
Maastricht, 12 April 2016
This year, TEFAF welcomed 270 dealers and 70,000 visitors — a slight drop compared to the 75,000 who flocked to the fair’s alleys in 2015. Among these visitors, 254 museums are said to have been represented.
Tribal art was also well represented. Lucas Ratton, taking part for the third time, was “impressed by the concentration, both quantitative and qualitative, of important and institutional clients.” The young dealer also appreciated one innovation: “This year, the four tribal art stands gathered together. It’s a wonderful idea. And we weren’t the only ones affected: the distribution of stands was reconsidered and this brought new life to the fair.” The gallery namely presented a spectacular rambaramp figure from the end of the 19th century to the start of the 20th century: an ancestral statue obtained in situ by a French collector from the Malekula Islands in Papua New Guinea. “There are three at the Quai Branly. I wanted to recreate the scenography of the space.” The dealer expressed [.../...]See more
Berlin, 8 April 2016
On 8 March 2016, the online sales platform Auctionata announced a Gross Merchandise Value of $90 million (€81 million) in 2015, in other words a 165 % leap marking its strengthened leadership in the online auction sector. The company envisages developing new sales formats and increasing broadcasting times for its auctions in 2016.
Auctionata, set up in Berlin in 2012, is based in Berlin, New York and London. The bulk of its turnover comes from Berlin (80%) while New York and London represent 20 % — the house is however strengthening its position in the United States. It ran 249 auctions in 2015. Its progress is attributed to the launch of new processes, allowing sales to be held from two or three different locations. Auctionata holds the online sale record for a 17th century porcelain vase sold for €875,000 ($951,000).
According to Alexander Zacke, chairman and founder of Auctionata: “With 200,000 customers from 199 countries and several distinct yet complementary livestream formats, [.../...]See more
Since the market crash in 2008, the term “bubble”, applied in an economic context, has become part of everyday vocabulary. The analogy of a market growing so big, like a bubble, filled with air only waiting to burst, is almost irresistibly charming. Economic bubbles happen all the time, all over the world.
The most discussed possible bubble in recent years has been the art market. Critics, ranging from economists, journalists to opinionated folk, claim that the art market is a bubble and that when it bursts, it will be ugly. Maybe this talk started exactly the same day the biggest bubble in almost a century started bursting: 15 September 2008. On this day, one of the biggest Wall Street firms, Lehmann Brothers, went bankrupt, signalling the real depth of the crisis the world was about to face. On the other side of the Atlantic, Sotheby’s held a one-man auction, with works from Damien Hirst only commissioned directly from the artist, raising £111 million. This is an almost unbelievable coincidence: one of the most controversial artists [.../...]See more
Paris, 18 March 2016
Christie’s has entrusted its African and Oceanic Art department in Europe to Bruno Claessens.
After growing up in Antwerp, Belgium, Bruno Claessens worked as a researcher into African art at Yale University’s Van Rijn Archives. Having published widely in the domain, he is preparing a new book, Baule Monkeys, to be published this year by Fonds Mercator. The work of Bruno Claessens is notably publicised by his blog on African arts.
Working between Paris and Brussels, Bruno Claessens will be collaborating with Susan Kloman, the department’s global director, and consultant Pierre Amrouche. His appointment is expected to inject new dynamism into the department while keeping up the fine sales results established in Paris. On the occasion of the TEFAF, the department is putting together an upper-end selection, to be placed on sale in New York on 12 May.
Maastricht, 1st March 2016
The five exhibitors selected for the Showcase section of TEFAF 2016, in Maastricht, have been revealed.
For this section intending to reveal new galleries on the big international fair in Maastricht, five exhibitors from France, the UK and the Netherlands have been kept. This selection consists of the Galerie Laurent Dodier, based in Val Saint-Père, in France, specializing in tribal art, the Oscar Graf Gallery, based in Paris, specialized in furnishings and works of French, British and American art dating from 1870-1910, Kunstconsult, based in Amstelveen, the Netherlands, specializes in Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modernism and twentieth century design, Onno van Seggelen Fine Arts, in Rotterdam, which sells a large selection of master drawings from the sixteenth to the twentieth century and finally Benjamin Proust Fine Art Limited, in London, specializing in sculpture from antiquity to the twentieth century, especially from the Renaissance and the Baroque period.
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New York, 6 February 2016
The collection of Drs. Daniel and Marian Malcolm will be offered in a two-part sale series organised by Sotheby’s: first in New York, on 7 May 2016, then in Paris, on 22 June 2016. The entire collection comprises 24 works worth an estimated $10 million.
Gathered over almost fifty years since 1966, some works in the collection have been loaned to major museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum for African Art (formerly the Center for African Art), the National Museum for African Art, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. The Malcolms also supported the acquisition funds of major institutions.
Jean Fritts, Sotheby’s worldwide head for African and Oceanic art, makes the following statement about the collection: “The collection of Daniel and Marian Malcolm represents a lifetime of true connoisseurship in the finest tradition of our field. They assembled a wide collection of the highest quality as [.../...]See more