Friday, October 19, 2007

African Origines

Explore ancestral origins of African art at the Met

by RENEE MINUS WHITE Fashion & Beauty Editor

Originally posted 10/18/2007 at amsterdam news

From the heart of Africa’s equatorial rainforest, the Metropolitan Museum presents a special exhibition of acclaimed sculpture on view now through March 2, 2008.

This exhibition explores the significance of the works presented in their countries of origin, and how their reception in the West led them to enter the mainstream of universal art. Organized thematically, “ External Ancestors: The Art of Central African Reliquary” explains cultural and spiritual inspirations that led to their creation in equatorial Africa.

Drawn from the most important collections of African art in Europe and the United States, the more than 130 works featured in the exhibition relate to 12 distinct traditions in Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

They were created to celebrate the lives of an extended family’s most notable ancestor.In the collection, there are many works that were sources of inspiration for early 20th century Western avant-garde artists who collected them and kept them in their studios.

Pablo Picasso, André Derain, Maurice de Vlaminck and Henri Matisse were among the many artists who not only collected African sculpture, but also studied this art in the newly formed ethnographic museums of the day.According to Alisa LaGamma, curator in the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Metropolitan and organizer of this exhibition, “‘External Ancestors’ seeks to reveal the mystery behind the original spiritual and social imperatives that led to their creation by examining the history of the reception of these African artifacts in the West. I believe that an awareness of what inspired them allows us to appreciate Africa’s heritage in a meaningful context.”

The exhibition opens with a series of comparisons between celebrated sculptures, such as 19th century Fang reliquaries that were created in Gabon with works from the Metropolitan’s superb medieval and Asian art collections. Among the highlights of the exhibition are the wood heads, half-figures, and full figures carved by Fang masters.

Also featured are two-dimensional wood figurative elements are sheathed in precious metals that were created by Kora and Mahongwe peoples in Gabon and the Republic of the Congo.Among the seminal examples on view is a Sculptural Element from a Reliquary Ensemble (from the Musée du Quai Branly) created by a Kota artist. Made of wood, brass and copper, this historically important piece was collected over the course of an exploratory journey to the region by the French 1883 expedition that was led by Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza. Another distinctive genre consists of Bwende and Bembe soft sculptures from the Republic of Congo.

Among the most spectacular and rare examples is a life-size female figure by the Bwende master Mucosa of Kingoyi that was collected by the Swedish missionary Efrain Anderson in 1938 (from the Museum of World Culture).

Made possible in part by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the exhibit is accompanied by a film that emphasizes the importance of performance rites as devotional forms of expression and a catalogue, “External Ancestors: The Art of the Central African Reliquary,” published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale Press.

The catalogue is available at the Museum’s bookshops for $65. This is a wonderful, educational exhibit for the family

Friday, October 12, 2007

Zoologie in Paris

L'Exposition sur les Animaux au musée Dapper est fabuleuse. Il s'agit d'un musée privé, mais on sent la passion qui anime les organisateurs. On voit bien sur les grands classiques du Musée qui ont déjà été reproduit à plusieurs reprises, comme leur masque de Lion, ou le beau cavalier Dogon, mais j'y ai aussi découvert de merveilleux petits objets, ainsi que pas mal d'objets emprunté à des collectionneurs privés.

Si vous etes a Paris aller découvrir les trésors de Dapper.

Monday, September 17, 2007

José Vermeersch

José Vermeersch is a Modern Art Sculptor from Belgium represented by " Kunst galerij Neerman " a good friend of mine who also collect African Art.
The official site is .
His work make me think at chinese ceramics.

Official Dealer from the Art of José Vermeersch is Art Gallery Marnix Neerman Kloosterstraat 13 2000 Antwerpen (Belgium) 0032 475 96 44 14
See more from his work at Jose Vermeersch

Monday, August 27, 2007

Art Africain

J'ai posté quelques nouveaux articles en français sur mon site: art africain . Entre autre un interessant interview avec Pierre Amrouche, et un descriptif de la vente de Marc Ginzberg.

L'expo de Paris s'approche à grand pas. Quels sont ceux d'entre-vous qui viendront à Paris? repondez sur mon groupe de discussion :

Vous etes bien sur tous le bienvenu au 73 rue de Seine, ou j'expose à la Galerie de Buci. Je vous promet d'apporter de tres beaux objets provenant d'anciennes collections. Entre autres j'ai réussi à denicher quelques objets ayant appartenu au peintre Floris Jespers.
Je ne vais pas trop en dire pour laisser la surprise à ceux désirant me visiter.


Saturday, August 18, 2007

statues walk out of church

statues walk out of church I found a funny twist to the Paris Events September 07. Let's meet between 11 and 16 September in the Galerie de Buci 73 rue de Seine

News Weather Info

I created a new site about the news weather info . At this moment you can read and see images and videos about the weather related to e.g. Taiwan Typhoon, Hurricane Dean that is category 4 but can get stronger, the IBM weather computer, and Sunny, warm African weather ahead .

South Africans can look forward to sunny and warm weather this weekend, the South African Weather Service

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Finding a Shop in Paris

It is not easy to find a Shop for during the events in Paris, that was why I searched for it a long time in advance.

I was lucky to find it in the rue Visconti, and told people so in June, but was unlucky when I received a phone call to tell me the Shop "pas-de-porte" was sold to a Parisian dealer.

But now I am happy to have found another available Shop to meet you in September at 73 rue de Seine near de rue de Buci.
I will be very glad to meet you between 11 and 16 september, and will show you some fine pieces coming from known collections.
Come see my African Art exhibitions, and also don't miss the Parcours des Mondes show and other events in Paris at the same moment (like the "Salon des collectionneur") in the same period. I am not a member of this organisation, but handle the same selection standard in the selection of the pieces on Show, just compare by yourself.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

immo Bazel

A nice 106 m2 appartement in Bazel Belgium for sale, previously it was a photo studio, but now it is for sale as an appartement or as a commercial place, or office space. Located on the main road between Antwerpen and Temse

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

this is why im hot

This is why im hot is a hip-hop song by MIMS telling the African to be more confident in themselves.
MIMS, who released his debut album, Music Is My Savior, earlier this month, has gotten some extra attention lately because of New York Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez.
So visit the link and see the video if you need some pep talk.
Or visit the hot zone if you prefer to know about Kevin''s "World in Conflict"

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Art Advisors

You can't collect AfricanArt without knowledge and years of experience, that is why I recommand to get advise before buying with african art art advisors before doing serious buyings.

When prices are low and you like the pieces, you don't care so much. But today the African Art prices are getting higher and higher, and you have much to lose in the game. So be smart, and check out the reputation from your art sellers and get if possible a econd opinion before doing an expensive acquisition.

David Norden,

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Bassalampasu mask

Among the African Masks the Bassalampasu masks are quite frightening. Also people from this tribe have the reputation to be quite agressive. They cut the teath to make them even more impressive.
This wooden mask is covered with cupper, and the hairdress is in raffia.
The Salampasu are coming from Southern Congo (Kinshasa), this type of mask is called Kasangu.
Follow the title link to see more african masks, or to read more about the Salampasu.
This mask was collected before 1952, and is to be dated from the 40's. It is yours for 1,500 euros, just send me an email for availability.

Sunday, April 01, 2007


Do you know who inspired me and ave me the fundaments of my online business? Mark Joyner.

And now you can get a free course from him, just give him your email and you will get simpleolology 101 , let him explain to you what is a simple Brain Hack, and you'll discover the same thing as I did, the mysterious power of ....

or if you want to discover some secret details about the marketing simpleology before visiting the official site

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Business Foreclosure

business foreclosure is a website related on every business news related to the increasing amount of foreclosures in the US, and on business credit cards issues. I hope readers on african Art living in the US will enjoy it.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

new items for sale

A nice Lwalwa mask I just got from a french collector. Send me an email if you want to know the price, because you like it really much, or if you need more images to take the decision to buy it.