Stanislas Gokelaere joins Christie's African & Oceanic Art Department

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Paris, 27 May 2015


Christie’s has announced the appointment of Stanislas Gokelaere as European consultant within their African & Oceanic Art Department.

Based in Paris, Stanislas Gokelaere is to work with Susan Kloman, international director of the department and Pierre Amrouche, international consultant. His arrival should strengthen the department’s activity in Europe, boosting Parisian sales in particular. The growing demand for African and Oceanic art, both from collectors as well as enthusiasts of other art forms such as Impressionist, Modern, and contemporary art, provides a strategic growth opportunity for Christie’s. The auction house intends to meet this demand by organising two annual sales in Paris in June and December 2015.

Raised in a family of modern art dealers, Stanislas Gokelaere has been personally collecting African and Oceanic art for over 20 years. Christie’s new employee has also worked in the private equity field and co-founded and directed the Art Collection Fund, an art [.../...]

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Tags: Oceanic Art, African Art, Art Market

Collecting Tribal art: an interview with Stanislas Gokelaere

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Luxembourg, 17 May 2015


Stanislas Gokelaere is a Luxembourg-based collector who started out in the world of capital-investment, and the co-founder of Art Collection Fund, an investment fund whose objective is to assemble a collection of high quality modern and contemporary art, in addition to African and Oceanic arts. The son of art dealers, and with a passion for art and 20th-century design, over the last 15 years Gokelaere has built a strong reputation in the art world. AMA had the opportunity to meet with him.

  • You’ve spoken about a growing divide between public sales, which dominate the high-end market, and gallery sales, which focus on the middle market. What, in your opinion, is the cause of this?

S. G.: These days, I would say the divide is a slightly different one. Galleries are also aiming at the higher end of the market in addition to the middle market. In the auction market we are, however, seeing many excellent collections up for sale, and plenty of very important sales. The auction [.../...]

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Tags: Oceanic Art, African Art, Art Market, Interviews

“A deep affinity”: Surrealism and Tribal Art

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Paris, 15 May 2015


In 1920, many artists in Western Europe harboured a deep contempt for materialist bourgeois society and its arrogant faith in science and technology, a society which, since the First World War, the Dada movement had aimed to disturb with their provocative works. In 1920, however, new means of expression were being developed, and non-European objects had become increasingly common. More than 30 years prior to this, Gauguin had turned towards traditional Oceanian cultures to find the necessary resources for the new means of expression that he wanted to develop, starting by acquiring two Minkissi statuettes from the Congo, which he displayed at the Exposition Universelle de Paris in 1889. A little later, in the 1900s, Picasso became inspired by traditional Congolese art, particularly for his Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907). Unlike Western tradition, the so-called “primitive” artists attempted neither to reproduce nature, nor ideal beauty, offering an alternative to the Western tradition that was in crisis [.../...]

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

Second edition of Paris Tribal opens today

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Paris, 9 April 2015


Following 2014’s successful inaugural edition, Paris Tribal will return 9 until 11 April 2015.

The fair reaffirms Paris as a dynamic centre for primitive arts, bringing together the most discernible collectors from across the world and includes over 20 participating galleries. Arts from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Indonesia and Oceania will be featured, collectively offering a wide range of artwork from the world over.

Galleries taking part in the fair include: Aethiopia, Galerie Bacquart, Galerie Alain Bovis, Galerie Olivier Castellano, Entwistle, Galerie Flak, Indian Heritage, Galerie Kanaga, Galerie Cédric Le Dauphin, Pascassio Manfredi, Galerie Meyer, Galerie Noir d’Ivoire, Lucas Ratton, Galerie Philippe Ratton, Galerie SAO, Galerie Pablo Touchaleaume, Galerie Renaud Vanuxem, Voyageurs & Curieux, Librairie Fischbacher, and Librairie Mazarine.

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

TEFAF 2015: an interview with Madelon Strijbos

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Maastricht, 17 March 2015


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


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


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


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