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


San Francisco Tribal and Textile Art Show: 5-8 February 2015

By Artkhade

San Francisco, 5 February 2015

San Francisco Tribal and Textile Art Show 2015: 5-8 February 2015

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


“Côte d’Ivoire Master Sculptors” at the Musée du Quai Branly

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Paris, 25 January 2015

“Côte

The Musée du Quai Branly in Paris will unveil over 200 years of West African artistic creation in its upcoming exhibition “Côte d’Ivore Master Sculptors”, which is to take place from 14 April to 26 July 2015.

Close to 200 historic and contemporary works assembled by curators Eberhard Fischer and Lorenz Homberger will be exhibited in the Galerie Jardin, a space dedicated to temporary displays which was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. Encompassing a wide range of works from the retrospective to the forward-looking, the exhibition invites viewers to discover the aesthetic attraction and originality of 19th and early 20th century artists and workshops, whilst introducing them to a new generation of African artists.

The exhibitions eschews the notion of African art as a purely artisanal activity, allowing visitors to familiarise themselves with the geographical and cultural context of works, whilst highlighting the stylistic variety of the different workshops. Featured [.../...]

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Tags: African Art, Exhibitions


Winter BRUNEAF: 22-25 January 2015

By Artkhade

Brussels, 22 January 2015

San Francisco Tribal and Textile Art Show 2015: 5-8 February 2015

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


Oceanic and African art sale at Sotheby’s Paris realises €12 million

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Paris, 12 December 2014

“Oceanic

On 10 December 2014 Sotheby’s Paris realised €12 million in sales of Oceanic and African art including the sale of the Alexis Bonew collection which brought in €6.2 million of the day’s turnover.

This, the last sale of the year for the African and Oceanic arts department, realised almost half of the department’s total sales for the year — €26 million, a record for the auction house. The large majority of the Alexis Bonew collection was acquired, including a muminia Lega mask, realising €3,569,500, the second highest price ever realised for an African mask, whilst the Nkonde statue almost doubled its high estimate of €800,000, bringing in a total of €1,553,500.

The second sale of the day featured various amateur works from Oceania and the African continent, with the record for the most expensive work from Easter Island being broken during the sale. The piece in question is a Rapa, an abstraction of the human form, which realised €1,889,500, far [.../...]

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Tags: African Art, Oceanic Art, Art Market


Three major private collections of Tribal Art on sale at Artcurial

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Paris, 3 December 2014

“Three

On 10 December 2014, Artcurial will be holding their second Tribal Art sale of the year, offering the contents of three major private collections.

The first collection, belonging to Liuba and Ernesto Wolf, comprises 127 African spoons; the second, belonging to M. and Mme Robert Hendrickx from Brussels, includes a historic group of 15 Dogon sculptures; and the third, from Paris, comprises 24 combs. The sale also includes a royal Luba pipe from the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as an extremely rare Guro mask, by the Master of Bouaflé, from the Ivory Coast.

“Artcurial’s decision to make Tribal Art a permanent department demonstrates the confidence that we have in this speciality. The wonderful quality of the work presented in the sale, the documented and prestigious provenance and the coherence of the collections offered, will appeal to a demanding and highly competitive market”, said Artcurial.

Tags: African Art, Art Market


Thema Sablon 4 26-29 November 2014

By Artkhade

Brussels, 25 November 2014

Thema Sablon 4 26-29 November 2014

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


An African statue reaches the $12 million mark at auction

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

New York, 11 November 2014

An African statue reaches the $12 million mark at auction

During Sotheby’s New York’s Tuesday evening sale on 11 November, an African statue originating from either the Ivory Coast or Burkina Faso reached $12 million (premium included).

The piece comes from the collection of the late businessman Myron Kunin whose fortune was built on his hair salon chain. Prior to Kunin, the statue had passed through the hands of collectors including sculptor Arman, psychologist Werner Muensterberger and curator William Rubin and has also been exhibited at MoMA New York and at the Fondation Beyeler in Switzerland. The Sikasso-style piece’s Modernist qualities have been compared to the work of Alberto Giacometti, the early 20th-century Swiss sculptor.

French newspaper Le Figaro reports a fierce bidding war between French dealer Bernard Dulon, who dropped out at $8.8 million, and a telephone bidder who took the piece, possibly for the collection of a prestigious North American Museum, according to Bernard de Grunne who initially sold the piece for $1 [.../...]

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Tags: African Art, Art Market


MATA 8-11 November 2014

By Artkhade

New York, 29 October 2014

MATA 8-11 Novembre 2014

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


Tribal Art Fair Amsterdam 24-25-26 october 2014

By Artkhade

Amsterdam, 24 October 2014

Tribal Art Fair Amsterdam 24-25-26 october 2014

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