The Auctions Database of Ancient Arts from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.
Paris, 5 January 2016
Fraud, money laundering, trafficking in cultural property, tax optimization, artificial increases of prices, confidentiality and anonymity… many dangerous hurdles, attributed to the art market, that for many elude to rules that have become an imperative necessity. Among the scandals involving diverse spheres of personalities and perplexed records in auction sales, we can equally cite a loss in standardisation and harmonization in the legal international disposals and especially the specificities of a lost market by subjectivity – justifying an irregularity and exaggeration of prices. The whole thing is encircled by an opaqueness and rigour silence. So which solutions are implemented today, for more clarity on the market that condenses as many singular facts?
The unexplored darkness of the tired and shaking art market
The USA Today, after the success of the autumn sales in New York, headlined: “Has art become a criminal enterprise?” Soaring prices, sometimes verging on irrational, leaves some [.../...]See more
Paris, 30 November 2015
Surveying the tribal art market from 2000 to 2015, a recently released Artkhade and Art Analytics report revealed exceptionally positive results for the category, documenting a growing trend towards multi-million-dollar auction sales and the increasing domination of the market by high-end works.
The study amassed a wide range of data to document tribal art’s growth as a sale category—though it still lags far behind the dominant Modern, Post-War, and Contemporary art segments of the market. Here, we have selected seven key figures from the report’s pages to explore what they tell us about the future of this “niche” market.
The tribal art market witnessed record sales in 2014, achieving €92.1 million from works sold at auction. Demonstrating the upward trajectory of the market, this result well surpassed the €52.8 million sold just one year previous, in 2013, never mind the €13.7 million of tribal art sold in 2001.
The year 2006 stands out [.../...]See more
London, 12 October 2015
From 14 to 18 October 2015, PAD London is hosting its art fair in Berkerley Square, London.
The London art fair presents 20th Century art, design and decorative arts. International galleries from across Europe, North America and Asia will come together to offer a panorama of works available on the market today. PAD characterises how modern art, photography, design, decorative and tribal arts interact to reveal unique combinations and create the most individual interiors. In this way, it is a different way of collecting. PAD promotes diversity, authenticity and connoisseurship with passion and skill. This year again, its 32 jurors who award the PAD Prize, sponsored by the wine and spirits group Bernard Arnault, Moët Hennessy. Three stands will be distinguished into three sections: decorative art of 20th century, contemporary and antique designs.
Its boutique setting is designed to inspire collectors, art consultants, museum experts, interiors specialists, design practitioners and the public alike, making PAD an [.../...]See more
Paris, 4 September 2015
Launched by a handful of Parisian dealers in 2001, the Parcours des mondes has, in less than fifteen years, succeeded in attracting the most important tribal art dealers from France and the rest of the world, and has re-established Paris as the center of the tribal art world.
Widely recognized as the most important international tribal art fair, in terms of the number of visitors it brings in, the quality of the works shown, the level of the exhibitions, the publications produced in association with it, and the diversity of its participants, Parcours des mondes celebrates its 14th anniversary this year from Tuesday September 8th through Sunday September 13th in the heart of Paris.
Some fifty dealers from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australia and other parts of France join their colleagues with permanent galleries in the Beaux-Arts of SaintGermain-des-Prés.
Altogether 84 galleries with specialties in the arts of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas will be represented.
London based dealer Gregg [.../...]See more
Paris 16 July 2015
Jérôme Bastianelli was appointed Managing Director of the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, where he will take office beginning 13 July 2015.
Jérôme Bastianelli succeeds Mouttalib Karim, Deputy CEO of the Quai Branly Museum since 2009, this year named General Director of the Louvre Museum. He has occupied, since 2009, the functions of assistant Director General Deputy Delegate of the Quai Branly Museum, under Stéphane Martin’s presidency. Inaugurated in 2006, the museum of arts and civilizations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, is one of the most visited museums in the world in its category, with around 1.5 million visitors a year.
A former student of the Ecole Polytechnique, Jérôme Bastianelli was posted in the Ministry of Transport from 1996 to 2006. He was also a reporter at the 7th Chamber of the Court of Auditors from 2006 to 2009, as well as the leader of the external audit United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
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
New York, 4 March 2015
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is to host the exhibition entitled “The Plains Indians : Artists of Earth and Sky” from 9 March to 10 May.
The exhibition is being organized by Musée du quai Branly in Paris in collaboration with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is to present masterpieces made by the Native Americans from the Plains region originating from European and North American collections. The exhibited objects are diverse and varied, ranging from a 2,000-year-old Human Effigy Pipe to 19th-century horse gear, weapons, clothing, and shields, as well as painted dresses dating from the 18th century. Works collected over the centuries by French merchants and travellers will be displayed alongside those acquired by MM. Lewis and Clark during their famous expedition of 1804-1806.
Gaylord Torrence, the curator of the exhibition, said “It is our goal with this exhibition to present the extraordinary [.../...]See more