Friday, September 19, 2014

Brussels Art Square

The Brussels Art Square event, held in participating galleries in the Sablon district, will take place on September 26–27 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and this year will include a number of British participants. It will be an opportunity for encounters and discoveries in all artistic disciplines: from designer furniture to classical antiquities and Haute Epoque, and, of course, non-European art represented by Galerie Patrick and Ondine Mestdagh, Schiller Art Gallery, and Serge Schoffel.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Art of Weapons

On view since late April, this exhibition explores the Hood Museum of Art's extraordinary collection of African weapons for the first time. It focuses on the aesthetic quality of the objects, and on the ways in which they reflect notions of masculinity, warriorhood, and ideal male beauty in traditional African societies. Because the weapons are in a Western museum's collection, the exhibition also considers Western notions of masculinity, as represented in the collecting practices of those Christian missionaries, colonial administrators, military officers, big game hunters, and explorers who acquired most of these weapons in the late nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries.

View the official website.

Ceremonial axe  -  Songye, D.R. Congo

Shield  -  Nuer, Sudan

Images and information courtesy of the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Frum Collection at Sotheby's

The superb collection of Oceanic art from Polynesia and Melanesia formed by the late Murray Frum and his family is the most significant group to come to market in the last thirty years, with a variety of objects from Indonesia to Polynesia at all ranges of the market. To be held only two days after Parcours des Mondes on September 16, the sale will be highlighted an extremely rare group of pre-contact Polynesian works.

View the online catalogue.

Figure, pou whakairo  -  Maori, New Zealand

Head of a staff god  -  Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Malanggan figure  -  New Ireland
Images and information courtesy of Sotheby's

Preview at Christie's Paris

Christie's Paris is presenting a preview exhibition of its winter tribal art sale through the 25th of September. Set to offer another gorgeous array of works from Africa, Oceania, and North America, the December 11 sale will include notable pieces once held in the collection of Saul and Marsha Stanoff.

Male figure with flywhisk  -  Bembe, D.R. Congo

Image courtesy of Christie's

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed

In its final weeks at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC is Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed, which showcases a stunning array of gold and silver artifacts from Peru's pre-Inca heritage, including ceremonial and funerary masks, textiles, ceremonial ornaments, ceramics, and jewelry. The centerpiece of the exhibition is "El Tocado," the largest and most ornate pre-Columbian headdress ever discovered. This extraordinary example of gold regalia dates from the Middle Sican period (AD 900–1100) and came to light again in 1991. The exhibition draws its material from three Peruvian institutions: the Sican National Museum, the Larco Museum, and the Museum of the Central Reserve Bank of Peru.

Visit the exhibition's official website.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

East of the Wallace Line: Monumental Art from Indonesia and New Guinea

Newly opened at the Yale University Art Gallery is East of the Wallace Line: Monumental Art from Indonesia and New Guinea, an important new exhibition exploring the cultural characteristics of eastern Indonesia and coastal western New Guinea. Taking as its jumping-off point the “Wallace Line,” an ecological demarcation first recognized by British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace that runs through Indonesia between Bali and Lombok and west of Sulawesi, the exhibition presents intricately decorated, large-scale sculptures and textiles, as well as more intimate personal and domestic objects. With more than 120 works from the 17th to 19th century, the exhibition features highlights from the Gallery’s permanent collection and select loans, many either too large or too fragile to be regularly displayed.

Visit the exhibition's official website.

Korwar figure  -  Irian Jaya

Woman's tunic  -  Sulawesi

Mask  -  Timor

Betel container  -  Timor

Neckrest  -  Irian Jaya

Images and information courtesy of the Yale University Art Gallery

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Encounters with Hawai'i: Art in an Age of Exploration, 1778–1820

On view now at the Honolulu Museum of Art, Encounters with Hawai'i: Art in an Age of Exploration, 1778–1820 brings together artwork associated with the European navigational voyages of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. These lengthy expeditions explored and charted the lands that dotted the Pacific, and they carried with them painters, draftsmen, scientists, and cartographers, who documented the flora, fauna, terrain, and inhabitants of the distant lands they encountered. The drawings, paintings, and prints they generated comprise the earliest visual record of Hawai‘i.
The installation begins with the British painter and draftsman John Webber, who traveled with Captain James Cook’s third and final voyage, from 1776 to 1780. This expedition brought Cook and his crew to Hawai‘i, and Webber, as its official artist, pictured their experiences and discoveries in an elaborate series of drawings and watercolors, which were published to illustrate the official narrative of Cook’s travels.
Subsequent trips brought additional artists—most notably the Russian Louis Choris and the Frenchman Jacques Arago—who depicted Hawaiian religion and customs before and shortly after the fall of the kapu system. Taken together, these works reflect an era of great curiosity about the world and its inhabitants, and in their time popularized Hawai‘i for audiences well beyond its shores.

Louis Choris, A Temple in the Sandwich Islands, ca 1819

John Webber, Kealakekua Bay and the Village "Kowrooa", 1779

Images and information courtesy of the Honolulu Museum of Art