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Brussels, 5 June 2015
From 10 until 14 June, Brussels’ Sablons district is to host three different fairs at the same time: BRUNEAF (Brussels Non European Art Fair), BAAF (Brussels Ancient Art Fair), and AAB (Asian Art in Brussels). Around 100 international arts and antiques dealers, some of whom are the most prominent in their field, are to be gathered in Brussels for the events during this period.
The oldest fair, BRUNEAF, is celebrating its 25th edition. This fair, dedicated to African, Indonesian, and Oceanian art, is to host two events: an exhibition which is to display the best pieces sold at the fair over the past 25 years, and another event with the guest of honour, the Sindika Dokolo Foundation, from Luanda in Africa.
For its 13th edition, BAAF, the fair dedicated to archeology (mainly from Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Middle East, and Europe), has decided to focus on quality and aesthetics. They are doing this through a partnership with the IADAA, the International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art, which [.../...]See more
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 [.../...]See more
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.
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 [.../...]See more
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
Brussels, 22 January 2015
Brussels, 25 November 2014
New York, 29 October 2014
Beijing, 26 October 2014
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 2 to 5% of global GDP is laundered money; in currency, $800 million to $2 trillion. The art market, notoriously opaque and uncontrollable, is one in which a staggering amount of this criminal activity takes place, where ‘dirty’ money obtained from illegal activity is laundered into legal tender. Worldwide cases of money laundering and illegal activity conducted through the purchase and sale of artwork are far from uncommon, with cases involving high profile figures such as Edemar Cid Ferreira, the Brazilian ex-banker who laundered millions of dollars through a collection of 12,000 works, and art dealer Helly Nahmad, who was caught on tape arranging the price increase of a Raoul Dufy painting he was selling, and explaining his plans to split the profit with another member of his gambling ring.
However, the phenomenon is particularly rife in the Asian art market, with one auctioneer estimating that 30%-50% of works in the market are related to the [.../...]See more