The Auctions Database of Ancient Arts from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.
Paris, 21 February 2014,
The first edition of Paris Tribal, a new event bringing together 26 Parisian galleries, is to take place between 3 and 6 April 2014.
A press release for the event explains that “Paris appears today to be the capital of tribal art, reflected in the large number of Parisian galleries internationally known”. Galleries and dealers in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés quarter are launching this new spring event to further develop the market, meet collector demand and confirm the French capital’s dominant position.
The galleries, which include Alain Bovis, Indian Heritage and Anthony JP Meyer, are to stage exhibitions, displaying rare and special works of art over the course of the weekend. Between them, they are to present tribal art from Africa, America, Asia, Indonesia and Oceania.
Paris, 18 February 2014,
The gallerist Yann Ferrandin, who specialises in tribal art (African, Oceanic, Indonesian and North American Art) is moving from his premises on Paris’s rue Visconti to the nearby 33 rue de Seine – a space formerly occupied by Downtown Gallery.
Ferrandin opened his first tribal art gallery in 1994. In 2007, he opened a new gallery under his name in the Saint-Germain-des-Près quarter.
He participated in the latest edition of BRAFA (The Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts Fair), which took place between 25 January and 2 February in Brussels.
Paris, 17 January 2014,
The Parisian Musée du quai Branly, dedicated to the arts and civilisations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, has announced its receipt of a record number of donations in 2013.
Works donated to the institution include: 2,950 watercolours, drawings, studies and other documents by the artist Paul Jacoulet; a work by Aboriginal artist Lena Nyadbi; a rare sculpture from New Ireland (Papua New Guinea), as well as an exceptional Dogon piece. The museum’s collection has increased by 2,994 works in total – an expansion which includes the addition of 268 photos, with a combined value of €5,175,093. Donations have supplemented the museum’s 2013 acquisitions budget of €1,134,986.
The Musée du quai Branly is home to a collection of 300,000 works and objects from Africa (89,000), Asia (72,000), Oceania (33,000) and the Americas (106,000), of which 3,400 are exhibited in its “plateau de collections” room. The museum’s valuables also include two other important collections – [.../...]See more
Detroit, 16 January 2014,
A conclusion seems to have been reached to be able to save the Detroit Institute of Art’s works, which was set to be a victim of the American city’s bankruptcy. Nine national and local foundations have joined together to bail the city out of its staggering debt figure of $330 million.
The heads of the various foundations met with Gerald Rosen, district judge who has been charged with the city’s media attention since it was declared bankrupt. During three and a half hours of discussions, a new solution had emerged: the foundations’ contribution to bail the city out of its deficit.
On Monday, Rosen announced that nine foundations had pledged to float $330m, in order to prevent the Detroit Institute of Art from losing its collection. The news is crucial for several reasons: it is a turning point in an affair that has been ongoing for several months. It is also the first time that a coalition of this type has been formed to achieve such a result.
Brussels, 15 January 2014,
Winter Bruneaf (Brussels Non-European Art Fair), which takes place between 22 and 26 January, is to mark this edition with a new committee, elected on 10 October 2013, which includes Didier Claes as President, Marc Leo Felix as Secretary and Patrick Mestdagh as Vice-President and Treasurer. The first African art fair in Brussels, this is the sister edition of June’s original Bruneaf event. AMA with Artkhade met with the new president to discuss his ambitions for the fair.
D. C.: Bruneaf has existed for 24 years, and has always been directed by its founder, Pierre Loos. For 2014 we needed to renew the team and to breathe a bit of new life into the fair. To coincide with the event’s progression, certain things had to be changed, for example at senior level, and I think that any self-respecting fair deserves to have a committee of [.../...]See more
Phnom Penh, 17 December 2013
After a two-year-long legal battle, Sotheby’s capitulated last week and decided to return an ancient statue to Cambodia.
The fierce controversy surrounding the Duryodhana, a 10th century Khmer statue, has come to an end. Belonging to a Belgian collector, who acquired the piece in 1975, and valued between $2 and 3 million, the statue of the Khmer warrior was withdrawn last-minute by Sotheby’s from a sale in late February 2011, after protests were made by the Cambodian government, with the support of the United States and UNESCO.
A number of indications point to the fact that the statue was stolen in the early 1970s, from the Prasat Chen temple in Koh Ker, during a time when Cambodia was in the middle of civil war.
Sotheby’s New York was suspected of having attempted, in early 2011, to sell a knowingly-stolen statue, taken from the Hindu temple in Cambodia several decades ago. The auction house has agreed to remove the object from the auction, but has kept the item, challenging the [.../...]See more
Paris, 10 September 2013
Tribal Art has witnessed a long and complex evolution, with European art history oscillating wildly in its attitude to the genre. Once referred to pejoratively as ‘primitive art’, tribal art has since been recognised for the important influence it had on the works of Expressionist, Surrealist and Cubist artists. Now, the field is recognised as rich and diverse, with museums, galleries and collectors across the globe placing an important focus on the works of indigenous peoples from Africa, North America and Oceania. Artkhade with Art Media Agency examined the platforms which are specialising in the genre today, looking at the presence of Tribal Art in Galleries, Museums, at auction houses and in dealerships.
A Slow Rise to Success
‘Primitive art’ is now recognised as a dismissive term, connoting an outdated Euro-centric attitude which coincided with the height of imperialism, colonialism, and the exploitation of countries by the West. The title connoted the belief that [.../...]See more
New York, 15 August 2013
On September 16, Bonhams will present "Chinese Art from the Scholar's Studio," a select group of fine Chinese furniture, paintings, snuff bottles, scholar's objects and devotional pieces. Bringing together a variety of collecting categories, art from the scholar's studio focuses on Chinese artworks of exceptional quality that are fresh to the market. "For a millennium, Chinese aesthetics have been dominated by two powerful groups: the imperial court and the refined tastemakers of the scholarly elite," notes Bruce MacLaren, Bonhams' senior specialist for Chinese art in the New York office. "Whereas the emperor's studios would produce objects that would often loudly proclaim the power and position of the throne, scholar's taste leaned towards quieter pronouncements of their authority." The auction will feature several magnificent examples of furniture constructed of Huanghuali, a coveted tropical hardwood, highly desired for elegant furnishings. Among the lots offered is an elegantly [.../...]See more
New York, 16 July 2013
On 15 November, Sotheby’s will conduct the sale of a first part of the Allan Stone Collection, including African, Oceanic and Indonesian art. The second part of the sale will be organised in November 2014.
300 works belonging to the art trader from New York will be offered on auction, thus forming an ensemble estimated at over $20m. Sotheby’s announced that this sale will be the biggest organised in New York since the sale of Helena Rubinstein in 1966. Among the most notable pieces will be sculptures by Songye and Kongo from the Democratic Republic of Congo, including a figure representing the Songye community (79 cm), estimated at more than $1m. Some original works from Nigeria, Cameroun and Mali will also be part of the sale.
A selection of these lots will be exhibited in Paris from 10 to 15 September, on the occasion of the event titled “Parcours des Mondes” (Around the World).
Paris, 1 July 2013
From 10 to 15 September 2013, the district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris is to host an exhibition entitled Parcours des Mondes (Journeying Across Worlds), which will conincide with the Salon International des Arts Premiers (the International Festival of Tribal Arts).
The 12th edition of the international show will highlight art from Africa, Oceania and America. It is to include exhibitions by 60 galleries, with 29 from France, 12 from Belgium, 8 from the United States, 3 from Spain, 2 from Italy, 2 from Great Britain, as well as galleries from Canada, Australia, Holland and Switzerland. Notable participants include the American gallery Donald Ellis, which specialises in art of the British Columbia region.
The Maine Durieu gallery’s “Salon de Beauté” (Beauty Salon) is to exhibit hair accesories, grooming tools, jewellery and ornaments from Africa, Asia and Oceania, illustrating humans’ long-existing desire to preen and beautify. “Portraits d’Océanie” (Portraits of Oceania) by [.../...]See more