Friday, May 30, 2014

Tribal Art Sale - Native Brussels

Native will present a sale of tribal art and artifacts in Brussels on June 7. A wide range of African and Oceanic items will be offered, including over thirty pieces from the collection of Karel Timmermans.

View the online catalogue.

Power figure  -  Songye, D.R. Congo

Mask  -  Lwalwa, D.R. Congo

Mask  -  Tsanghi, Gabon

Reliquary  -  Tsogho, Gabon

Images courtesy of Native Brussels

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Tribal Art Sale - Binoche et Giquello

Binoche et Giquello will present a sale of fine tribal art at the Hôtel Drouot on June 6.  Over 140 works of African, Oceanic, pre-Columbian and Native American art will be put before the bidders, including an admirable selection of African masks, Oceanic weapons, and much more.

View the online catalogue.

Mask  -  Kwele, Gabon

Mask  -  Boa, D.R. Congo

War club, totokia  -  Fiji

Images courtesy of Binoche et Giquello

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Masterpieces of New Guinea Art in Brussels

Masterpieces of New Guinea Art from the Royal Museum of Central Africa will be on view from June 4–15 at the Ancienne Nonciature, the nineteenth-century Papal residence in Brussels, which was recently restored to its former glory. This assemblage of exquisite Melanesian art has been launched to coincide seamlessly with the 2014 edition of BRUNEAF (Brussels Non-European Art Fair), which will take place from June 4–8 in the city's Sablon district.  A fully illustrated color catalogue accompanies the exhibition, with text by Crispin Howarth of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Bart Suys of the Musée Royal d’Art et d’Histoire, Brussels; and Kevin Conru, author and researcher on Pacific Island culture.  

Friday, May 23, 2014


The 24th Brussels Non-European Art Fair (BRUNEAF) will be held this year on June 4–8. For those five days, the Sablon district of Brussels will become the epicenter of the tribal art world, with some fifty international tribal art dealers participating and several thematic exhibitions having been announced as part of the event. Joaquin Pecci will host Présence du Sacré, Invocations Ubangiennes (The Presence of the Sacred, Ubangi Invocations), David Serra will hold a thematic show called Formes et Matières (Forms and Materials), Alain Bovis’ show will be titled Têtes (Heads), and Maine Durieu will be putting on an exhibition called Autour du Blanc (About White). The quality of movement in the arts of Africa and Oceania will be the theme in Jo de Buck’s gallery, and Men in Africa is the title of the show that will be seen at Joëlle Fiess and Marc Félix’s Congo Gallery. Finally, Ángel Martín will feature a group of forty terracotta pieces from the Galma River region of Nigeria.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Tribal Art Sale at Neumeister

A sale of fine tribal art and artifacts will be presented at Neumeister in Cologne on May 17th. A guided tour through the auction's lots with Dr. Karl-Ferdinand Schädler and Dieter-Maria Scheppach, Neumeister's expert on tribal and African art, will be held on Thursday 15th between 6 and 8pm. A wide range of material will be offered, from ancient Mexican stone reliefs to Oceanic masks.

View the online catalogue.

Images courtesy of Neumeister

Friday, May 16, 2014

Native American Art at Bonhams

Bonhams will present a large sale of fine Native American art and artifacts in San Francisco on June 2.  Among the vast catalogue of lots will be offered magnificent Navajo weavings and gorgeous Southwest pottery and silverwork.

View the online catalogue.

Polychrome jar  -  Hopi

Chief's blanket  -  Navajo 
Sarape  -  Navajo

Polychrome plate  -  San Ildefonso

Moki blanket  -  Navajo or Zuni

Images courtesy of Bonhams

Friday, May 9, 2014

Sotheby's - The Collection of Allan Stone Pt. 2

On May 16, Sotheby's New York will present two important sales of tribal art: The Collection of Allan Stone: African, Pre-Columbian & American Indian Art - Volume Two and African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art Including Property from the Krugier and Lasansky Collections, featuring a wide selection of exquisite works from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Highlighting the second and final auction of The Collection of Allan Stone is a group of Songye power gigures and Kongo nail power figures from the Democratic Republic of Congo, including several by known hands.

View the online catalogue.

Power figure, nkisi nkondi - Kongo, DR Congo

Power figure, nkishi - Songye, DR Congo
Power figure, nkisi nkondi - Kongo-Yombe, DR Congo
Mask  -  Ibibio, Nigeria

Power figure Kongo-Vili, DR Congo
Images courtesy of Sotheby's

Thursday, May 8, 2014

AOA Tribal Art Fair 2014

In its fourth year for 2014, New York's AOA Tribal Art Fair has moved its location from the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion to the Tambaran Gallery building at 5 E. 82nd Street, directly across the street from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This year’s participants will include Ben Hunter from London; Galerie Flak from Paris; Galerie J. Visser and Horma Visser Koottmar from Brussels; and Tambaran Gallery, Moreau Gallery, Claudia Giangola and John Menser (Ancient Art of the New World), and Gail Martin Gallery from New York. The AOA Fair will run from May 15-18.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Tatoueurs, Tatoues

On view at the Musée du Quai Branly beginning May 6, Tatoueurs, tatoués (Tattooists, tattooed) returns to the sources of tattoo and presents the renewal of this phenomenon in its now permanent and globalised manifestation. In so-called "primitive" societies from Asia, Africa and Oceania, tattooing has a social, religious and mystical role and accompanies the subject in their rites of passage, including them in the community. Conversely, in the West, they have been seen as a mark of infamy, criminality, a circus attraction (with the phenomenon of side shows) and as a mark of identity for urban tribes.

View the exhibition's official website.

Wooden head with carved moko  -  Maori, New Zealand

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tribal Art Sale at Bonhams

Bonhams will present nearly 200 lots of Africa, Oceanic & Pre-Columbian Art on May 15 in New York. Amongst the highlights of the sale will be an important wooden Maori hand club, or wahaika, exquisite ceremonial paddles from the Austral Islands, and three exceptional works from the collection of Marcia and John Friede, New York, including an early and large Iatmul female figure from the Middle Sepik River Region of Papua New Guinea, estimated at $40,000-60,000. The preview for the auction will take place May 11-14 at Bonhams New York.

View the online catalogue.

Warrior figure with trophy head  -  Costa Rica

Hand club, wahaika  -  Maori, New Zealand

Male figure  -  Sawos, Papua New Guinea

Images courtesy of Bonhams