Thursday, October 16, 2014

L'art de manger

Cooking, eating, drinking—these activities may seem mundane to some, but they play an important role in such highly symbolic practices as marriages, births, initiations, and funerary rites. When ritualized, the act of eating becomes an activity that requires special utensils, as varied as they may be refined: dishes, bowls, cups, spoons, and ladles, to mention but a few. Food, the foundation for any group’s survival and its members’ well-being, also allows man to relate to the beings of other realms. These practices and the multitude of objects associated with them will be the subject of L’Art de Manger: Rites et Traditions (The Art of Eating: Rites and Traditions), on view at the Musée Dapper from October 15, 2014–July 12, 2015.

Images courtesy of the Musée Dapper

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tribal Art Auction at Zemanek-Münster

Zemanek-Münster of Würzburg will present its 78th tribal art auction on October 18. The lots will comprise a wide array of fine traditional objects from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.

View the online catalogue.

Power figure  -  Kongo, D.R. Congo

Skull hut  -  Solomon Islands

Power figure  -  Songye, D.R. Congo

Images courtesy of Zemanek-Münster

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New Acquisitions at Jacaranda Tribal

Jacaranda Tribal is currently presenting a new online exhibition of fine tribal works from Africa and New Zealand. Sublime figures, finely crafted weapons, and gorgeous utilitarian objects are just some of the items now available, the full range of which can be found below. For more details on these works and many more, visit

Figure  -  Ntwane, South Africa  -  Late 19th century

Ladle  -  Herero, Namibia  -  Late 19th or early 20th century

Pair of seated colonial figures  -  Southeast Africa  -  Late 19th or early 20th century

Heddle pulley  -  Senufo, Côte d'Ivoire  -  Late 19th or early 20th century

Goldweight  -  Akan, Ghana  -  19th century

Female figure  -  Dogon, Mali  -  18th or 19th century

Whistle  -  Mossi, Burkina Faso  -  Late 19th century

Mask  -  Kono or Mano, Sierra Leone  -  Early 20th century

Hand axe, patiti  -  Maori, New Zealand  -  19th century

Friction oracle  -  Ndengese or Kuba, D.R. Congo  -  19th century

Dagger-like implement  -  Maori, New Zealand  -  19th century

Hand club, patu onewa  -  Maori, New Zealand  -  18th or first half of 19th century

Headrest  -  Tsonga Shangaan, Zimbabwe  -  Late 19th century

Figural staff  -  Attie, Côte d'Ivoire  -  Late 19th or early 20th century

Images ©James Worrell / Jacaranda Tribal 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Frieze Masters

From October 15–19, vast numbers of art lovers will attend the third annual Frieze Masters show. Much heralded by the press since its opening in 2012, this more general show is held concurrently with Frieze London, which focuses specifically on contemporary art and hosts 120 of the most prestigious galleries in the world. Tribal art will be represented at Frieze Masters by distinguished dealers Donald Ellis, Pace Primitive Gallery, Gallery Entwistle of London and Galerie Meyer of Paris.

For more information, visit the event's official website.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

PAD London 2014

PAD, the twentieth-century art and design fair, will be held this year in London's Berkeley Square from October 15–19, and will be an important venue for the presentation of non-European art with the inclusion of four distinguished dealers. Veteran participant Galerie Bernard Dulon will show mostly African art, with an emphasis on works from Cameroon and Gabon. African art will also be the focus of displays by Alain de Monbrison and Lucas Ratton, while Galerie Flak will present an exhibition titled Pure Forms, which transcends geographic borders by focusing on form and emotional content.

Find out more at the official PAD website.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Mayas, révélation d'un temps sans fin

Set to open on October 7 at the Musée du Quai Branly is Mayas, révélation d'un temps sans fin (Maya: Revelation of an Endless Time), presenting objects from the majority of Maya territories and from the different periods that mark the extraordinary longevity of this civilisation, from the first archaeological remains (first millennium B.C.) until the present day. The Maya have left to posterity cities with spectacular architecture, sculpture of great aesthetic development, remarkable frescoes, refined ceramic vases… The exhibition presents nearly 400 works of art – including bas-relief and high relief sculptures, ceramic containers, lapidary art in jade, grave figurines and artefacts, jewellery, colonial documents, textiles, and more.  

More information at the exhibition's official website.

Information and images courtesy of the Musée du Quai Branly

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Helena and Ladislas Segy Collection at Arte Primitivo

Beginning September 29, Arte Primitivo will put to auction the African art collection of Helena and Ladislas Segy, along with other fine works. 

View the online catalogue.