Tuesday, December 16, 2008

African Arts wishes you a Happy 2009 and some

Dear friends,

2008 was a great year for the African Art market. Since it was not pushed by exagerated speculation like in the contemporary Art Market, the African Art market stayed stable.

In Paris a Sénoufo deble just sold for 322 192 €. (french). This seems expensive, but in fact it is not since a pair sold a few weeks ago at Sotheby's in New-York for 3.5 million.

If you like Benin Bronzes visit PENN Art with there last show African bronzes, in cultural context. Just after the turn of the last century, some European artists became infatuated with African sculpture, they responded to its often astonishing formal inventiveness.
»Read Penn Benin Bronzes story

Museum of African Art Founder Warren Robbins died Warren M. Robbins, 85, founder of the Museum of African Art, forerunner to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, died Dec. 4 2008 at George Washington University Hospital of complications from a fall at his home last month.

The World Bank’s Art Curator Discusses a Major New Exhibit – Africa Now!
World Bank Art Curator Marina Galvani came to the Bank’s Art Program via a circuitous route; a trained economist and art historian, she initially joined the Bank as an economist. She soon gravitated toward the Art Program and has since become something of a force in the art world, especially in poor countries. read the interview World Bank Africa Now

Tribal Treasures in Dutch Private Collections
Arnold Wentolt and Siebe Rossel are leading the VVE Vereniging Vrienden Etnografica . The organisation exist since already 25 years and did a special exhibition with unpublished pieces from his members in the Netherlands . Read the books content. Afrikaanse Kunst in Nederland

Jolika collection lawsuit: A Collection of Tribal Art Is Embroiled in a Modern Family Feud

Photo News: Samuel Fosso African Chief If it is Tuesday, I am an African chief.
Prominent photographer Samuel Fosso brings his arresting self portraits as a pirate, tribal chief, businessman, a society woman — and tells the tale of Central African Republic.

An African photo exhibit, with books Photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher have devoted 30 years to exploring the traditions, cultures and people of Africa. They immerse themselves in the lifestyle of a particular tribe by living in the same manner and eating the same food in order to befriend people whose stories they hope to tell personally and intimately. .. more photo news