Thursday, December 15, 2005

african art in the news, and a trophy skull

Wednesday, 14 December 2005, at 4:13 p.m.
David Norden African Art Antiques and Discussion Group.

dear $email,

Well, I hope this email will reach those of you who are not yet spending all the money they have for under the tree.

This month, we see that African art dealers are looking for new challenges to find clients.
At Lineart in Gent, African art dealers where exhibiting among contemporary art. This is probably due to the fact that the old generation that likes antiques is not so active as before, and that the “moving money" is in the more contemporary art field. We all wish them good luck.
At Lineart you could have seen also the pictures from Jean-Dominique Burton and the presentation of his book : “Naabas” Chefs Traditionnels du Burkina Faso ". For those interested in photography, I have a special offer only for the readers of this newsletter: A limited edition of 100 books with an original real picture of the cover image included for only €150. Send me a private mail if you need the subscription information and more details.

Also, I have a very special piece this month that I want to show: An impressive Senufo statue, provenance Helmut Gersheim. Senufo seated female figure, registered at Yale under number: 0062129~01
And a family trophy skull at

David Norden

Protected African art can simply be bought in Antwerp.
A journalist discovered three Nok statues on my website, that's how I ended on the cover of De Morgen with a Nok exhibited in the Louvre (that I never sold) and on the television the next day

American Indian baskets in Denver
Joyce Herold of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science holds a basket whose design incorporates the Jicarilla Apache origin myth. For ceremonial reasons, the base and rim - the start and finish - had to be created in full sunlight and done in a single day. read:

Home Is Where the Art Is (and the bookstores too) - Sugar Hill - brownstone collaboration.

Africa in broad sweeps and bold brushstrokes in New York Bakassi. Chelsea. Ecomog. Dark Sailor. Mac Lord. Nixson. King Solomon. Poncho Picolo. Top Squad. What sounds like an international hip-hop roll call is a list of brand-name liquors found in Nsukka, a city in Nigeria....

Personal objects and textiles from South Africa Xhosa, Mfengu woman's headscarf, South Africa (Detail) Axis gallery MFENGU November 8 - December 22, 2005

The power of female creativity courses through a small show of South African garments at the Axis Gallery in Manhattan. All but one piece was made by and for women of the Mfengu cultural group. Of several monochromatic skirts, some are white or beige-gray, and one is dyed a dusky ochre, a color associated with the earth, fertility and menstrual blood. In every case, the surfaces are ornamented with lines of beadwork, as fine and taut as compass needles. The minimalist painter Agnes Martin would have adored the elegant probity of this work and its message of strength in restraint.
Holland Cotter, Visions of a Continent That Is Rich With Life , The New York Times, November 25, 2005MFENGU November 8 - December 22, 2005

Sothebys SALE: November Report by Lee Rubinstein, a member of our discussion group, did an interesting auction analysis ... It can be interesting -- and both illuminating and strange at once -- to look at the relative valuation of productions originating from specific cultural traditions as evidenced in what is offered, what sells and what is deemed worthy of presentation and purchase. Be that as it may, Sotheby's catalogues - read the Sotheby's report

Akan gold Spectacular Collection of Golden Regalia From Ghana West African Gold: Akan Regalia from the Glassell Collection showcases the extraordinary craftsmanship of goldsmiths and weavers of Ghana, and presents many works by Asante artists. On view through March 26, 2006 in the Loring Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA)

Gallery sees cultural diversity as its masterwork ESCONDIDO – In the beginning of time, according to the Yoruba, one of sub-Saharan Africa's most prolific art-producing cultures, gods who lived in the sky would sometimes descend to the earth on spider webs...

Africa speaks! Ubangi Explorer Paul Hoefler leads a safari into central Africa and what was called the Belgian Congo in 1930, into the regions inhabited by the Wassara and the famous Ubangi tribes. If you have a little time see this 1930 film !

Bargain collection pieces. I did a cleanup in my attick and decided to offer you some items for 500 bucks !

For those of you speaking French

Le mythe de la Coca-colonisation « Lorsqu’un vieillard meurt en Afrique, c’est une bibliothèque entière qui brûle... ». En apparence empreinte d’une profonde sagesse, cette sentence de l’écrivain malien Amadou Hampaté Bâ, s’avère, à l’analyse, outrancièrement catastrophiste... Ce texte n'a pas fort été apprecié par les membres du groupe de discussion

Seymour Lazar La passion d'un collectionneur Ancien avocat devenu millionnaire, Seymour Lazar vit dans le désert de la côte ouest des Etats-Unis. Là, depuis plus de quarante ans, il accumule des trésors. Pour «Le Figaro Magazine», il ouvre ses portes sur l'une des plus belles collections privées d'art primitif. lisez:
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