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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Out of Africa-Incredible Tribal Fashion Show

Sole creation of the Suma and Mursi tribes of East Africa's Omo Valley.
• Pictures by Hans Silvester (Rapho/Camera Press) from the book Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration from Africa by Hans Silvester, published by Thames and Hudson.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


African Art Magazine - A4

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Zemanek-Münster - Schildhof 2 / Corner Neubaustrasse Tel: +49 931 17721 Fax: +49 931 17736 Email: info!at!tribal-art-auktion!dot!de
Date: 2008, July 5, Start: 2 pm
African and Oceanic Tribal Art from European private collections
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Lot nr 313 Processional group: Chief accompanied by his entourage

Fon, Benin.
wooden plate with dark brown patina, 31 brass figures, in the centre the chief, with long pipe and beautiful blanket resting on a hammock, fixed to a long wooden bar supported by especially high towering figures, a courtier right by his side, the chief is flanked by four canopy bearers, a further figure with sunshade in front, accompanied by banner and horn carrying figures and diginitaries, figures supporting luggage or insignias of his royal dignity, such as stool and fan aside, figures with drum, horn and gong at the back of the procession; the figures are formed identical, with slender flat bodies and tube-like bent limbs, but exuberantly varied in changing postures and endowment; garments and hats, as well as planes (canopy tops) decorated with delicate incised ornaments, accentuated by kaolin rubbed into the deepenings; each figure screwed with the wooden plate, supported by four bowl-shaped feet, to the front supplied with a brass badge with the inscription: " ALLADA II OFFO"; the Kingdom of Dahomey, nowadays called Republic of Benin, was situated between Togo to the West and Nigeria to the East. According to an old legend it was created by the daughter of the King from Tado, who came to the forest in search for water and happened to meet the leopards spirit. From their alliance emanated Agasu, the ancestor of all Fon people. Agasus descendants founded the sacred city of "ALLADA"; for comparable object see Sotheby's New York, November 16, 2001, lot 88

M: 69 x 18 cm, (4666/024)
Provenance -Old British Colonial Collection
Literature Kerchache, Jacques, Paudrat, Jean-Louis, Stephan, Lucien, Die Kunst des Schwarzen Afrika, Freiburg, Basel, Wien 1988, p. 541

M: 69 x 18 cm, (4666/024)
Provenance - Old British Colonial Collection
Literature - Kerchache, Jacques, Paudrat, Jean-Louis, Stephan, Lucien, Die Kunst des Schwarzen Afrika, Freiburg, Basel, Wien 1988, p. 541
Price: 3500 - 5300 €

Monday, June 16, 2008

Tuareg Nomads of the Sahara - Blue People in a modern World

"Adventure Series' - Homage to Paul Gauguin/2008

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Self Portret - Paul Gauguin


Paul Gauguin - 1891 -Gauguin's final home in the Marquesas Islands

Primitivism was an art movement of late 19th century painting and sculpture; characterized by exaggerated body proportions, animal totems, geometric designs and stark contrasts. The first artist to systematically use these effects and achieve broad public success was Paul Gauguin. The European cultural elite discovering the art of Africa, Micronesia, and Native Americans for the first time were fascinated, intrigued and educated by the newness, wildness and the stark power embodied in the art of those faraway places. Gauguin like Pablo Picasso in the early days of the 20th century was inspired and motivated by the raw power and simplicity of the so-called Primitive art of those foreign cultures.

Gauguin is also considered a Post-Impressionist painter. His bold, colorful and design oriented paintings significantly influenced Modern art. Gauguin's influence on artists and movements in the early 20th century include Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, André Derain, Fauvism, Cubism, and Orphism among others.

Primitivism refers to a) an artistic movement in particular which originated as a reaction to the Enlightenment, or b) the general tendency to idealize any social behavior judged relatively simple or primitive, whether in the arts, social sciences or elsewhere. Anarcho-primitivists are one example of the latter, although others exist.

Rousseau was the first to draw attention to the concept of the 'noble savage'. What 18th Century culture lacked, he argued, was nature, passion, emotion, instinct and mysticism. The Romantics developed this idea further. They believed that modern society was moving away from its traditional roots, losing touch with its "true primitive condition". Out of this came Wuthering Heights, Frankenstein, Byron and Wordsworth, and later Conrad and Picasso.

Primitivism could also be seen as a set of modern European and Euro-American representational conventions inspired by non-Western art and artifacts. These conventions were first developed by Europeans and Euro-Americans who were dissatisfied with a variety of aspects of European culture, and sought to find what they were missing in other parts of the world. What emerged was a simplistic understanding of other cultures, structured by the primitivists' own desires, their lack of knowledge of other societies, and the racism of European society[citation needed]. Their work has contributed to an ongoing belief in the multitude of non-western societies as fundamentally similar in their "primitiveness," supposedly meaning their irrationality, closeness to nature, free sexuality, freedom, proclivity to violence, "mysticism," etc. Such artists, especially Picasso, are still popularly understood as somehow escaping European conventions and expressing "primal" impulses within themselves.

Paul Gauguin (painting) and early Igor Stravinsky (music) are two of the important examples of primitivist art. Another example of primitivism in music is Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, whose "Dionysian" modernism he abandoned for a more "Apollonian" neo-classicism.

The Charismatic Jim Thompson - Legendary American of Thailand.

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Monday, June 09, 2008

Milene Rust - "Postcards from Uganda" - 2008
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"Action Painting/Cobra/Abstract Art

Jacson Pollock - "Action Painting"

Milene Rust, Fire on the Mountain, 2007
Mixed media on paper, 6mx4m
Private Collection.

Thursday, June 05, 2008


Africa Remix

"Adventure's Series" - for Peter Beard - Multimedia 2008
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Career: Escapism through collage, books, diaries and anthropology

"Aidsafari" - Adam Levin.

“I’d thought at first that this would be a depressing book, but this was furthest from my mind as I read, for the second time, Adam Levin’s memoir of horror, humour and hope.”Pieter Dirk Uys.

Adam Levin

Prominent South African Artists: Listing:

Strijdom van der Merwe -

William Boshoff

William Kentridge

Gerald Sekoto

Kendall Geers -
Link - Museum for African Art in New York -
Personal Affects: Power & Poetics in Contemporary South African Art, Vol 1

Personal Affects: Power and Poetics in Contemporary South African Art presents newly commissioned and recently produced works of 17 artists working in diverse media, including sculpture, drawing, photography, painting, installation, video, performance, and dance. The artworks represent artists' responses to a week-long stay in New York and visits with the international team of curators. The common thread throughout the exhibition is the highly personal point of departure of their working methods, informed by their varied experiences as South Africans. Participating artists include Jane Alexander, Wim Botha, Steven Cohen, Churchill Madikida, Thando Mama, Mustafa Maluka, Jay Pather, Johannes Phokela, Robin Rhode, Claudette Schreuders, Berni Searle, Doreen Southwood, Samson Mudzunga, Clive van den Berg, Minnette Vari, Diane Victor and Sandile Zulu. Exhibition catalogue with Introduction by curators David Brodie, Laurie Ann Farrell, Churchill Madikida, Sophie Perryer, and Liese van der Watt, and essays: The Enigma of the Rainbow Nation: Contemporary South African Art at the Crossroads of History by Okwui Enwezor, Towards an 'Adversarial Aesthetics': A Personal Response to Personal Affects by Liese van der Watt, and artist interviews by Tracy Murinik. Published by the Museum for African Art, New York and Spier, Cape Town. September 2004. 176 pp.
Paper: ISBN 0-945802-42-0. LCCN: 2004111256.

South African site: Listings/website/interviews/gallery's/artists

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Art and culture create space for imagination, dialogue and interpretation. Artists and writers all over the world are exploring, commenting on and giving shape to reality. Artists are searching, individually and collectively, for alternative solutions and other values. A free society needs cultural innovation. But art is also an aim in itself, as a mirror and interpreter of our existence.

"Homage to Peggy Guggenheim" - Collage - Multimedia - 2008
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Litnet-Suid Afrikaanse Forum/Blok -"for literary everybody"

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Multimedia-"Islands in the stream' - 2008

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Multimedia-"Islands in the Stream - 2008

Publishers/European Galleries/Tribal/Antique Fairs

Other locations:

David Krut Arts Resource, 140 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg
David Krut Projects, 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg
David Krut Bookstore, The Constitutional Court, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

David Krut Cape Town: Fine Art & Books
Montebello Design Centre, 31 Newlands Avenue, Cape Town,
Tel. 021 6850676 Mobile 072 610 7708
Krut Projects, 526 W26th St., New York

European Galleries:

Bruneaf fair 2008 ] [ Baaf ] [ BOAF ] [ big man small man ] [ Parcours-du-Monde ] [ Whitehawk show-santa fee ] [ Indian tribal arts santa fe ] [ Indian tribal show Washington ] [ london Hali fair ] [ Headdress-week ] [ Tribal-Armory-show ] [ Winter Antiques Show New York ] [ Exota ] [ tribal art fair Amsterdam ] [ Santa fe trail ] [ Tribal Art Fair San Francisco ] [ San-Francisco Tribal ] [ santa fee fairs ]

Londen Art Galleries

White Cube Gagosian Gallery Haunch of Venison Victoria Miro Gallery Saatchi Gallery Lisson Gallery Hauser & Wirth Sadie Coles HQ Antony D'Offay Gallery Modern Art Stephen Friedman Gallery The Approach Gallery Interim Art Maureen Paley Hales Gallery 291 Gallery Greengrassi Maureen Paley Gallery Timothy Taylor Gallery

Cork Street
Cork Street is a street in the West End of London, England with a number of small commercial art galleries. It is located at the back of the Royal Academy. The nearest tube station is Green Park. Adam Gallery Art First Contemporary Art Alan Cristea Gallery Beaux Arts Gallery Browse & Darby Bernard Jacobson Gallery Messum's The Redfern Gallery Flowers Central Waddington Galleries Beaux Arts

Mummery + Schnelle Gallery Annely Juda Fine Art Broadbent Blink Gallery The Blue Gallery Corvi-Mora Counter Gallery Emily Tsingou Gallery Emma Hill Fine Art Eagle Gallery FA Projects Foster Art Frith Street Gallery Flowers East Gallery Gimpel Fils Hart Gallery Hotel Jill Georg Gallery Alison Jacques Gallery Marlborough Fine Art John Martin London Sarah Myerscough Fine Art Purdy Hicks Contemporary Gallery Thompson's Modern British Thomas Dane Gallery Anthony Reynolds Gallery Sprüth Magers Lee Max Wigram Gallery Wilkinson Gallery