The Auctions Database of Ancient Arts from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.
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.
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 [.../...]See more
San Francisco, 5 February 2015
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 [.../...]See more
Brussels, 22 January 2015
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 [.../...]See more
Paris, 3 December 2014
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.
Brussels, 25 November 2014
New York, 11 November 2014
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 [.../...]See more
New York, 29 October 2014
Amsterdam, 24 October 2014