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Tribal Art London 5-8 Sept 2018 Celebrates Oceanic Art and African Culture

Tribal Art London, the UK’s premier and only specialist collectors’ event in the field of original-purpose ethnographic and primal art is now in its 11th iteration, with 21 participants, all specialist dealers from the UK, Europe, Africa and the USA.

Tribal Art London is the UK’s pre-eminent focal point for international and UK collectors.  The fair has stamped its mark on the international art circuit by offering an exciting diversity of works for sale, as well as hosting lectures and talks on many subjects relating to indigenous cultures.  Among speakers this year are Rebecca Bray, Assistant Curator of the upcoming Royal Academy exhibition, Oceania, (29 September-10 December 2018) and Tony Eccles of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, renowned for its exciting collections of art from West Africa, the Central Americas, Asia and the Pacific regions.

Antiques News & Fairs - Tribal Art London 5-8 Sept 2018 Celebrates Oceanic Art and African Culture

David Malik - Wart hog mask with tubular eyes, Wobe / Guere Ivory Coast, size 40.6 x 41.6 x 14 cm. Late 1800s - Early 1900s. Priced between £3,000-5,000.


TAL is also supporting EdUKAid, a small charity working in southern Tanzania enabling access to education for some of the country’s most disadvantaged children.  A fund-raising auction will be held at TAL the evening of Thursday 6 September.


In 2018, two areas of collecting will be a particular focus:

Oceanic art, marking the 250th year since Captain Cook sailed the South Pacific and coinciding with a number of significant museum exhibitions dedicated to this subject (at the RA and British Library)
 
African art associated with ceremonial use, as the Fair plays hosts to the launch of African Twilight, the latest volume in a 14-year long visual recording of African culture by renowned photographers and anthropologists Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher.
 

Antiques News & Fairs - Tribal Art London 5-8 Sept 2018 Celebrates Oceanic Art and African Culture

Adam Prout - Large group showing a chief and his entourage by the important Ashanti carver Osei Bonsu, 1900 to 1977.


Among highlight works for sale are:

  • Wart hog mask with tubular eyes, Wobe / Guere peoples of the Ivory Coast, dating to circa 1900 (David Malik)
  • A large group showing a chief and his entourage by the important Ashanti carver Osei Bonsu (1900-1977). The art of Africa before 1950 is usually anonymous, with just a very few artist’s names being known and recorded: Osei Bonsu is one of this elite group. (Adam Prout)
  • A tapa cloth from Rarotonga or Aitutaki dating to the 19th century. (Joss Graham)
  • A beautiful Lonka Lonka (pearl shell ornament) from the Kimberly region of West Australia: Lonka Lonka were worn around the neck or on a girdle around the waist and were highly valued articles of ceremonial gift exchange. The decoration on this example refers to mythological themes associated with rain, and has been rubbed with red ochre so the pattern stands out against the white shell. (Galerie Lemaire)
  • A rare Inca (circa 1458-1572 AD) textile fragment panel ancient Peru, the textile finely woven with multi-colour star motifs interspersed with piranha fish, birds and animals in bands of red; probably from a tunic or manta cloth. (Kenn Mackay)

 
Works offered at TAL are priced from the low hundreds to well over £20,000.  All works are original-purpose ethnographic and primal art.

Antiques News & Fairs - Tribal Art London 5-8 Sept 2018 Celebrates Oceanic Art and African Culture

Joss Graham - TAPA CLOTH Provenance: from inscribed label on reverse side of the cloth, ‘Native cloth from Rarotonga or Aitutaki given to Mrs Stirling by Revd. John Williams on his last visit to England.

Antiques News & Fairs - Tribal Art London 5-8 Sept 2018 Celebrates Oceanic Art and African Culture

Galerie Lemaire - West Australian, Kimberly region, Pearl shell ornament, Lonka Lonka 20 cm.

 

Vanishing Africa: new book launch, African Twilight, at Tribal Art London


A remarkable book capturing images from African ceremonies, many now lost forever, will be launched at this September’s Tribal Art London. African Twilight marks the culmination of a fifteen year study completing the cycle of the authors’ African Ceremonies series.

“No other book like this exists or can ever be created again as more than 40% of what has been documented here has already vanished”, according to the book cover. Ninety-two different ceremonies and the stunning costumes of the participants are captured in the book’s beautiful photography.

Antiques News & Fairs - Tribal Art London 5-8 Sept 2018 Celebrates Oceanic Art and African Culture
The spinning Zangbetu mask form the Voodoo culture of Benin is assigned guardians who guide it around the village. According to Yoruba and Fon legends, there is no one inside the whirling mask except night spirits, and its spinning dance represents the protection and spiritual cleansing of the village. It is believed to be so powerful that if it touches a human being as it spins then that person will die. Zangbetu masks are known as the night watchmen and traditionally acted as an unofficial police force, wandering the streets to detect thieves and criminals. Courtesy Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher.
 

Authors Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher have journeyed 300,000 miles through 48 countries of the African continent and recorded images from 150 African cultures. They have published 15 books including Masai (1980), African Ceremonies (1999) winner of the UN Award for Excellence and latterly Dinka: Legendary Cattle Keeper of the Sudan (2010). A copy of this volume worth £982 will be auctioned on the Thursday evening (6 September) of Tribal Art London fair with proceeds from the whole auction going to EdUKaid. The authors will be at the Fair on 4 September, and again on 6 September (Thursday evening) to talk about African Twilight.

African Twilight: The Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies of the African Continent is published by Rizzoli International in two volumes (872pps,African Ceremonies), priced at £115, and will be available in the UK from 16 October 2018.

The book can be pre-ordered during Tribal Art London (www.tribalartlondon.com), the UK’s premier tribal arts fair, from Charles Vernon-Hunt (c.vernonhunt@btinternet.com), specialist ethnographic bookseller and TAL exhibitor. A number of original photographic prints by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher will be displayed at the Fair.


For a full list of exhibitors and further information, visit Tribal Art London




News & Fairs Previews

Tribal Art London 5-8 Sept 2018 Celebrates Oceanic Art and African Culture

Tribal Art London, the UK’s premier and only specialist collectors’ event in the field of original-purpose ethnographic and primal art is now in its 11th iteration, with 21 participants, all specialist dealers from the UK, Europe, Africa and the USA.

Tribal Art London is the UK’s pre-eminent focal point for international and UK collectors.  The fair has stamped its mark on the international art circuit by offering an exciting diversity of works for sale, as well as hosting lectures and talks on many subjects relating to indigenous cultures.  Among speakers this year are Rebecca Bray, Assistant Curator of the upcoming Royal Academy exhibition, Oceania, (29 September-10 December 2018) and Tony Eccles of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, renowned for its exciting collections of art from West Africa, the Central Americas, Asia and the Pacific regions.

Antiques News & Fairs - Tribal Art London 5-8 Sept 2018 Celebrates Oceanic Art and African Culture

David Malik - Wart hog mask with tubular eyes, Wobe / Guere Ivory Coast, size 40.6 x 41.6 x 14 cm. Late 1800s - Early 1900s. Priced between £3,000-5,000.


TAL is also supporting EdUKAid, a small charity working in southern Tanzania enabling access to education for some of the country’s most disadvantaged children.  A fund-raising auction will be held at TAL the evening of Thursday 6 September.


In 2018, two areas of collecting will be a particular focus:

Oceanic art, marking the 250th year since Captain Cook sailed the South Pacific and coinciding with a number of significant museum exhibitions dedicated to this subject (at the RA and British Library)
 
African art associated with ceremonial use, as the Fair plays hosts to the launch of African Twilight, the latest volume in a 14-year long visual recording of African culture by renowned photographers and anthropologists Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher.
 

Antiques News & Fairs - Tribal Art London 5-8 Sept 2018 Celebrates Oceanic Art and African Culture

Adam Prout - Large group showing a chief and his entourage by the important Ashanti carver Osei Bonsu, 1900 to 1977.


Among highlight works for sale are:

  • Wart hog mask with tubular eyes, Wobe / Guere peoples of the Ivory Coast, dating to circa 1900 (David Malik)
  • A large group showing a chief and his entourage by the important Ashanti carver Osei Bonsu (1900-1977). The art of Africa before 1950 is usually anonymous, with just a very few artist’s names being known and recorded: Osei Bonsu is one of this elite group. (Adam Prout)
  • A tapa cloth from Rarotonga or Aitutaki dating to the 19th century. (Joss Graham)
  • A beautiful Lonka Lonka (pearl shell ornament) from the Kimberly region of West Australia: Lonka Lonka were worn around the neck or on a girdle around the waist and were highly valued articles of ceremonial gift exchange. The decoration on this example refers to mythological themes associated with rain, and has been rubbed with red ochre so the pattern stands out against the white shell. (Galerie Lemaire)
  • A rare Inca (circa 1458-1572 AD) textile fragment panel ancient Peru, the textile finely woven with multi-colour star motifs interspersed with piranha fish, birds and animals in bands of red; probably from a tunic or manta cloth. (Kenn Mackay)

 
Works offered at TAL are priced from the low hundreds to well over £20,000.  All works are original-purpose ethnographic and primal art.

Antiques News & Fairs - Tribal Art London 5-8 Sept 2018 Celebrates Oceanic Art and African Culture

Joss Graham - TAPA CLOTH Provenance: from inscribed label on reverse side of the cloth, ‘Native cloth from Rarotonga or Aitutaki given to Mrs Stirling by Revd. John Williams on his last visit to England.

Antiques News & Fairs - Tribal Art London 5-8 Sept 2018 Celebrates Oceanic Art and African Culture

Galerie Lemaire - West Australian, Kimberly region, Pearl shell ornament, Lonka Lonka 20 cm.

 

Vanishing Africa: new book launch, African Twilight, at Tribal Art London


A remarkable book capturing images from African ceremonies, many now lost forever, will be launched at this September’s Tribal Art London. African Twilight marks the culmination of a fifteen year study completing the cycle of the authors’ African Ceremonies series.

“No other book like this exists or can ever be created again as more than 40% of what has been documented here has already vanished”, according to the book cover. Ninety-two different ceremonies and the stunning costumes of the participants are captured in the book’s beautiful photography.

Antiques News & Fairs - Tribal Art London 5-8 Sept 2018 Celebrates Oceanic Art and African Culture
The spinning Zangbetu mask form the Voodoo culture of Benin is assigned guardians who guide it around the village. According to Yoruba and Fon legends, there is no one inside the whirling mask except night spirits, and its spinning dance represents the protection and spiritual cleansing of the village. It is believed to be so powerful that if it touches a human being as it spins then that person will die. Zangbetu masks are known as the night watchmen and traditionally acted as an unofficial police force, wandering the streets to detect thieves and criminals. Courtesy Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher.
 

Authors Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher have journeyed 300,000 miles through 48 countries of the African continent and recorded images from 150 African cultures. They have published 15 books including Masai (1980), African Ceremonies (1999) winner of the UN Award for Excellence and latterly Dinka: Legendary Cattle Keeper of the Sudan (2010). A copy of this volume worth £982 will be auctioned on the Thursday evening (6 September) of Tribal Art London fair with proceeds from the whole auction going to EdUKaid. The authors will be at the Fair on 4 September, and again on 6 September (Thursday evening) to talk about African Twilight.

African Twilight: The Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies of the African Continent is published by Rizzoli International in two volumes (872pps,African Ceremonies), priced at £115, and will be available in the UK from 16 October 2018.

The book can be pre-ordered during Tribal Art London (www.tribalartlondon.com), the UK’s premier tribal arts fair, from Charles Vernon-Hunt (c.vernonhunt@btinternet.com), specialist ethnographic bookseller and TAL exhibitor. A number of original photographic prints by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher will be displayed at the Fair.


For a full list of exhibitors and further information, visit Tribal Art London