A fine Eastern Pende Panya-Gombe African mask. Coll.: David Norden
African Art challenges.
Your challenge is to get a collection to be proud of. You somehow must convey your uniqueness without spending a fortune. You must do it within your budget... If you don't have much money, try to discover new things before others do, or find a type of object that is not in fashion, or that nobody cares about. But always try to find items that speak to you, that tell a story, a piece carved with love. Look at the details, and try to remember to also look at the surfaces, try to discover if it is the result of age and use, or just a polishing machine. But to be able to do so you must train your eyes, visit exhibitions read books, try to get in contact with other people that have the same interests. You must also have some references in your mind. You must have seen pieces that you know are old. David Norden
PS: If you do not know how to begin, just ask in our discussion group if some other african art lovers live in your neighbourhood or if there are museums or good dealers in your country, and you will get free advice from other members who want to help each other. You can also browse through the 7500 past messages for more information: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AfricanAntiques/
...The film is just one small element in
"Where Gods and Mortals Meet: Continuity and Renewal in Urhobo Art,"
an exhibition made up primarily of sculpture at the Museum for African Art. But
it is an important component in a show that, as its title suggests, tries to
catch the vitality of a so-called traditional African art as it existed in the
recent past, while giving at least some sense of radical adjustments in concepts
and forms in a 21st-century present.
Auctions (2 sponsored messages)
1) Serge Reynes, Paris Drouot 07.05.2004A fine Baule from the Charles Ratton collection. Serge Reynes will hold its sale of African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art, a historically rich offering including traditional and ceremonial works of art. They have very good pieces, among them a big nail fetish ( 63 cm) coming from the Tishman collection, a published fang statue with provenance Carlos Monzino, and Jacob Epstein (48 cm). If you want to see some highlights pictures and descriptions (with translation) : http://users.pandora.be/african-shop/origine-serge-reynes-france-auction.htm To go view the complete catalogue in French(276 lots), click Tribal V , and click on the button > to use the browsing device above the internet page (where you read Web & catalogues): http://catalogues.gazette-drouot.com/catalogue.asp?CATALOGUE=3532&PAGE=1 Maybe you'll need a translation tool (catalogue is in French): http://www.google.com/language_tools serge reynes
I will probably go to the auction, so if you are interested in buying some important pieces I can help you mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Zemanek Münster Germany 15.05.2004Tribal Art Auctioneers Zemanek-Münster Germany Since 1978. Auction 37 on 15.05.2004 In this auction you will be able to buy: - lot 340: A fine Mumuye, Prov. A. de Mombrison, Paris- France est.: 9000 - A Songue Nkisi figure, Prov. H.Koller, St Gallen-Germany - A Yaure mask, Prov. W. Kaiser, Stuttgart - Germany - A Hampatong figure, Prov: A.Flick, Cologne and much more art from Africa, pre-Columbian, and oceanic... This time the catalogue descriptions contains also translations in English. To view the pdf catalogue, click on link: Tribal-Art-Auction 37. 15.05.2004 http://www.tribal-art-auktion.de/37Auktion.pdf
Collectionshttp://www.congostamps.com/ Is a website specialist in stamps from the former Belgian Congo and former Belgian colonies. Although it is still partly under construction and new things are added all the time, it is the most interesting site on this subject. It gives far more information than any catalogue on the subject, including the Official Belgium Catalogue. It gives background information/history and there are several series with stamps with African art and their peoples. If you are only interested in art pages: http://www.congostamps.com/belgianCongo/34)%20Indigenous%20art.htm http://www.congostamps.com/congoDem6471/9)World-festifal%20of%20Negro%20art.htm http://www.congostamps.com/zaire/17)%20Statues%20and%20masks%20from%20Zaire.htm
Oldest jewellery found in South Africa.
75,000 years ago, in a cave near the southern Cape shoreline in South
Africa, a human drilled tiny holes into the shells of snails and strung
them as beads to make the oldest known jewellery - by at least 30,000
FairsTill Sunday you can visit the 2 nd Non-European Antique Art and Textiles Fair in Cologne, Germany
29th April until 2nd May, 2004
An international fair for non-European antique art and textiles read more : ARS TERRA INCOGNITA
Bruneaf fair in Brussels from 8-13 June 2004 www.bruneaf.com
A few new items for saleAll our items are sold with a two weeks money back guarantee and free delivery worldwide. We guarantee the authenticity from all our items, you'll get a free of charge certificate of authenticity that feature a photograph of the object, the culture of origin, the presumed age, and also other known information's like provenance ,use , my signature and date
StatuesA fine XIXth century Luba statue, from a Dutch professor collection.Price: 4,500 A rare big South African statue, 70 cm high Shona? Zulu? Can you tell me more? Provenance: Christies South Kensington around 1980.
African weapons, a new section on my website...Exhibitions with catch-all titles like 'African metalwork' have included weaponry, but so far as I know no major exhibition has previously been mounted exclusively on the subject of African arms and armour. Even in those exhibitions where a good deal of weaponry, and other items of material culture are displayed, the accompanying catalogues almost exclusively illustrate the customary selection of sculptural forms which have become accepted as the epitome of African art. A few exhibitions, notably 'African Furniture and Household Objects' (American Federation of Arts 1980) have deliberately set out to provide an antidote to this perspective, suggesting that so-called utilitarian objects 'may indeed reveal the breadth and range of the aesthetic life of traditional Africa with greater accuracy than the limited formulations which currently serve in the West as a basis for most studies in African art' (Sieber 1980). Yet in his accompanying catalogue Roy Sieber, while taking time to explain the absence of certain other categories of object from the exhibition, simply states that 'weapons of war and the equipment of the hunter have been omitted'. Other subsequent exhibitions which attempted a similar broadening of the perspective on African material culture also omitted arms and armour... Read more about African weapons
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