Friday, January 31, 2014

Tribal Art Sale - Pierre Berge et Associes

Pierre Berge will present a sale of fine tribal art and jewlery at the Druout Richelieu in Paris on February 12. The lots will comprise an extensive array of jewlery and silverwork from North Africa, masks from West Africa and the Himalayas, weapons from Oceania and the Congo, and more.

Images courtesy of Pierre Berge et Associes

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

What a Mask Can Say: Thoughts on the Iconography of a RMCA Luba Masterpiece

The famous horned Luba helmet mask collected by Oscar Michaux in the 1890s is one of the most important pieces in the collection of the Royal Museum for Central Africa. Many questions are raised by this work of mysterious beauty. In a special lecture held on January 29 as part of BRAFA 2014, scholar Julien Volper will develop a number of themes arising from his detailed study of the mask. 

Image courtesy of the Royal Museum for Central Africa Tervuren

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tribal Art Auction at Native

Native of Brussels will present a sale of fine tribal works on January 25. At just under 80 lots, the works on offer will represent traditional cultures from Africa, Papua New Guinea, Alaska, and elsewhere, and will include pieces once owned by tribal art luminaries such as Jacques Kerchache. 

Images courtesy of Native Brussels

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

San Francisco Tribal and Textiles Arts Show

Featuring more than 100 dealers under a single roof, the 28th annual San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show, will be held, as always, in the Festival Pavilion of Fort Mason Center on February 6–9, 2014. For nearly three decades, this vetted show has brought together a remarkable selection of tribal art and textiles from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The intro exhibition for this year’s event will be titled Masks Then and Now: Inspiration and Interpretation, assembled by dealer Thomas Murray and featuring antique tribal masks from the Himalayas and Indonesia together with contemporary works by sculptor Mort Golub from his “Shamanic Mask Series.”

Image courtesy of Caskey-Lees/San Francisco Tribal Art and Textile Show

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Art of the South Seas at Bonhams

Bonhams will hold its annual Art of the South Seas auction on February 9 in San Francisco. The sale will present over 180 works from all parts of Oceania: Australia, Indonesia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. Highlights will include carvings from the Cook Islands and Austral Islands, Papua New Guinea masks, Maori nephrite objects, royal items from Hawaii, and more.

Images courtesy of Bonhams

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

African and Oceanic Art Sale at Lempertz

Lempertz will present a sale of fine African and Oceanic art and artifacts in Brussels on January 28. The lots will comprise a wide range of African masks and statuary, New Guinea carvings, and much more.  

Images courtesy of Lempertz Auktionen

Thursday, January 9, 2014

BRAFA 2014

From January 25 through February 2, 2014, Tours & Taxis will be the setting for the Brussels Antiques and Fine Arts Fair (BRAFA), which promises, as always, to be of great interest to Belgian collectors as well as international visitors. Tribal art will be represented this year by ten dealers and galleries: Pierre Dartevelle, Bernard Dulon, Yann Ferrandin, Jacques Germain, Bernard de Grunne, Sarah de Monbrison, Adrian Schlag, Serge Schoffel, and Galerie Schoffel-Valluet, as well as by the event’s vice president, Didier Claes. 

For more information, visit

Image courtesy of BRAFA

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


The fourth edition of Winter BRUNEAF will be held on January 22–26. A distinguished group of international dealers will converge once again in the Sablon arts district of Brussels to present a marvelous array of traditional works from Africa, Oceania, Asia, and the Americas.

For more information, visit the official BRUNEAF website.

Image courtesy of BRUNEAF

Monday, January 6, 2014

Arman the Collector: The Artist's Collection of African Art

In its final week at the Paul Kasmin Gallery is Arman the Collector: The Artist’s Collection of African Art, a selection of twenty traditional African works from the noted artist’s private collection, now administrated by the Arman Marital Trust. This non-commercial installation can be seen until January 11 at the gallery’s 293 Tenth Avenue location in New York City.

Baboon mask  -  Makonde, Tanzania

Image and information courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Encounters along the Missouri River: The 1858 Sketchbooks of Charles Wimar

An installation at the St. Louis Art Museum features the contents of two sketchbooks Wimar filled with drawings during his first trip up the Missouri. Encounters along the Missouri River: The 1858 Sketchbooks of Charles Wimar features the books’ small leaves, most with multiple images accurately rendered in pencil and carefully notated with names. These augmented photographs he took (now lost) and art objects he collected, all in an effort to add greater veracity to his paintings. On view until January 19, 2014.