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Paris, 9 January 2017
Majestic and beautiful looking twins, natives of Ishokun, Let me find means of eating, let me find means of drinking. Majestic and beautiful looking twins, come and give me the blessing of a child.
According to Yoruba legend, the ibeji—united and inseparable twins—were sent into the world by monkeys, whose knowledge of nature’s secrets surpassesthat of men. Regarded as sacred, they are venerated in a cult based on statuettes, the ere ibeji, which are commissioned from master sculptors by the families of the deceased twins. The eighty works from Benin and Nigeria presented in this book reflect the incredible stylistic diversity and beauty of these silent symbols of an ageold tradition—an eloquent expression of the creative potential of African art.
Paris, 1st September 2014
The Alain Lecomte gallery, Paris, has the pleasure to announce the presentation of the second part of Raoul Lehuard’s Bateke collection. Lehuard is the prolific author of an impressive collection of books on the Bakongos (Congo) and creator of the celebrated review “Arts d’Afrique Noire”.
This collection was in part amassed by Robert Lehuard, Raoul Lehuard’s father, who worked in Congo-Brazzaville between 1920 and 1930. These are important pieces, not in size, but the quality that emanates from them, evidenced by these “fetishes” that have remained intact since the time of collection in the early 20th century until today.
The collection of “fetishes” is equally as important historically and has remained at the Lehuard family home, having never been exhibited. These pieces will form part of the “Parcours des Mondes” exhibition at the Alain Lecomte gallery a quality exhibition matching that of the recent “Statuaire Babembé” and last [.../...]See more
Brentwood, 2 September 2013
As part of the exhibition “Refined Eye, Passionate Heart: African Art from the Leslie Sacks Collection”, to take place from 21st September until 28th October 2013, the Leslie Sacks Fine Art gallery in Brentwood is publishing a 320 page catalogue on Leslie Sacks’ collection of African art, which is to be edited by publishing house Skira.
The exhibition is to feature some 60 pieces, which have been examined and illustrated in the catalogue -a publication which is the fruit of nearly three years of work. The publication also includes 38 essays by 20 reknowned researchers in the field of African art, notably Karel Nel, artist and professor at the University of Witwaterstrand in Johannesburg, as well as a prefaces by Frank Herreman, former exhibition director at the Museum for African Art in New York, and Bruno Claessens, an art historian who specialises in African art. These pieces of writing are accompanied by over one hundred colour photographs by Donald Cole. It is hoped that the [.../...]See more