Monday, May 25, 2015

Tribal Art Sale at Dorotheum

Dorotheum will present a sale of tribal art and artifacts on May 26. The works on offer will represent a wide variety of cultures across the African continent, as well as a small assemblage of items from the South Pacific and the Americas.

For more information, view the online catalogue.

Mask  -  Vuvi, Gabon

Power figure  -  Songye, D.R. Congo

Ancestor skull  -  Asmat, Papua New Guinea
Images courtesy of Dorotheum

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Native American Art Sale at Bonhams

Bonhams will present a sale of fine Native American art in San Francisco on June 1.  Showcasing an extensive range of works from traditional cultures across the North American continent, the lots on offer will include beaded garments from the Plains, Southwestern ceramics and katsina, Northwest Coast masks, Arctic artifacts, and much more. 

View the online catalogue.

Boy's shirt  -  Lakota Sioux

Mask  -  Tsimshian

Effigy figure  -  Okvik (Eskimo)
Images courtesy of Bonhams

Friday, May 15, 2015

Dans le chambre des merveilles

One of the inaugural exhibitions at the Musée des Confluences in Lyon, Dans le chambre des merveilles takes visitors into the world of the ‘cabinet of curisoities’, exploring exactly what it means to be a collector. In this context, the cabinet of curiosities becomes a kind of manifesto of the Museum's defining characteristics, as a place where the boundaries between different fields of knowledge disappear, a place where one comes to learn but also to question and marvel. In this ‘chamber of marvels’, 21st-century visitors can steep themselves in the atmosphere and spirit of a time when men roamed the world to collect and share their thirst for knowledge with their contemporaries. This exhibition thus presents not a recreation of an 18th-century cabinet of curiosities but a contemporary reinterpretation, an invitation to dream as one discovers a selection of the museum’s treasures.

Visit the official website.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Kuba Textiles: Geometry in Form, Space, and Time

Kuba Textiles: Geometry in Form, Space, and Time, at the Neuberger Museum of Art from March 1–June 28, 2015, is the first exhibition to bring together works from two of the earliest collections of Kuba textiles: the Musée Royal de l’Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, Belgium, founded by Leopold II in 1897; and the Sheppard Collection at Hampton University in Virginia, gathered between 1890 and 1910 by the American Presbyterian Congo missionary William Henry Sheppard, who in 1892 was the first Westerner to be received by a Kuba king. Additional important loans to the exhibition come from the Brooklyn Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and three private collections. In total, the exhibition features eighty-two Kuba artworks (forty-one textiles and forty-one objects), most being publicly exhibited for the first time.

Visit the exhibition's official website.

Woman's overskirt  -  Kuba, D.R. Congo  -  Late 19th to early 20th century

Image courtesy of the Neuberger Museum of Art

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wurtzburger African Art Gallery at the Baltimore Museum of Art

The core of the African art collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art is a gift of 125 objects from the collection of Janet and Alan Wurtzburger that came to the museum in 1954. Now featuring more than 2,100 objects that span from ancient Egypt to contemporary Zimbabwe, the collection includes works from more than 200 African cultures in a full range of media. The gallery for the BMA’s African art collection has been expanded to more than three times its former size and has been relocated to the center of the museum’s first floor. This new Alan and Janet Wurtzburger African Art Gallery opened to the public on April 26, 2015. More than 100 objects, many large scale, address the impact of region, history, and culture on African art traditions. Several of these objects, such as the majestic Baga d’mba yoke from Guinea, are considered to be among the best of their kind.

Visit the Baltimore Museum of Art's website.

Shoulder headdress, d'mba  -  Baga, Guinea  -  Late 19th to early 20th century

Image courtesy of the Baltimore Museum of Art

Monday, May 4, 2015

Tribal Art Sale at Mossgreen

Mossgreen of Melbourne will present a sale of fine Australian, Oceanic, and Indonesian tribal art on May 20. The works on offer represent the collecting efforts of Marc & Elena Pinto, amassed during the couple's years of world travel. Featuring over 140 lots, the auction will highlight tribal weaponry, including ceremonial shields, clubs, spears and boomerangs.

View the online catalogue.

Images courtesy of Mossgreen

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Tribal Art Sale at Sotheby's

Sotheby’s will hold its spring sale of art from Africa, Oceania, and the ancient Americas in New York on May 15. It will be led by a rare Pende helmet mask that was featured in the 1984 Primitivism show at MOMA. Also featured will be highlights from the New York estate of the late Helena Segy and, by extension, the personal collection of her noted husband, Ladislas Segy. Significant among these are a rare Ngbandi ivory spoon and an unusually early Kota reliquary. A large and fine Lobi couple from the collection of Karl-Ferdinand Schaedler and an Mbembe figure once owned by Georg Baselitz will also be offered. An unusual highlight of the sale is an extremely early Kanak stone figure from New Caledonia collected by the missionary Père Pierre Lambert between 1856 and 1863. 

View the online catalogue.

Male figure  -  Luba, D.R. Congo

Monumental head  -  Kanak, Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea

Helmet mask  -  Luluwa, D. R. Congo
Male reliquary figure,  eyema byeri  -   Fang-Ntumu, Gabon
 Images courtesy of Sotheby's