On the topic of photography, John Giltsoff always has at least one object I want to photograph but
can't. This time it was a Dogon Tellem figure around 22 inches dating
to the 16th-17th C. Unfortunately the topic of photographs is
with John. He told me he hates publicity and even declined Bill
Jamieson's film crew access to his gallery who were finishing filming for the
up coming series "Chasing History". While I
understand and appreciate his position, it is frustrating from a reportage
standpoint. But it wasn't just him, other dealers were not
allowing photos either, even when I asked permission politely and explained
the purpose. One dealer told me that he didn't want his pieces
exposed places like "facebook". So I consider myself lucky I got as many
photos as I did but it is by no means easy anymore.
Interior of the multi-dealer
building of 17 Impasse Saint-Jacques
H. Kellim Brown with a group
of Lulua figures
H. Kellim Brown collected these
figures and was able to identify the carver as "Bakwa Ndolo"
A lovely Angolan Ovimbundu
figure also in H. Kellim Brown's booth
Lucas Ratton (Paris)
Exhibiting for the first time at Bruneaf
Mike Hamson used to exhibit at
this spacious gallery on rue Sainte-Anne but this year it sat vacant
Alain Naoum (left) demonstrating a
magic trick, Patrick Morgan Paris and Dave Cassera (Right)
Interior Galerie 1492, Yannick
Durand with a fine quality
Vera Cruz stone axe head
(Yannick Durand) this seated stone money sculpture was
from the Aztec culture and is wearing a "buccal" mask thus representing
"Ehecatl" the wind God
The new gallery of Didier
Claes. I like the "Claes" awnings up to the 3rd floor. The
man certainly knows how to name brand himself. This was a lovely
gallery but unfortunately NONE of my photos turned out of the interior.
Next year I'll bring my slr camera. Didier was exhibiting with
Bernard Dulon but I couldn't quite figure out which art pieces belonged
Didier holding a menu.... and
still waiting to place a food order! I was at this same cafe days
before and ordered food but left after 45 minutes of waiting!
Ridiculous. Maybe that is standard in Brussels but an
establishment providing service like that wouldn't last a week in a city
like Los Angeles.
Interior of Philippe Laeremans
Gallery. This was my favorite gallery. The design,
furnishings and the art worked beautifully together and they were very
cool about me taking photos. Thanks guys!
Laeremans with a wonderful
(Laeremans) A Pende or
Mbala helmet D.R.C
(Laeremans) A powerful seated
Teke figure (center)
(Pascassio Manfredi) This rare Indonesian Moluccas piece is published
in Borneo and Beyond (1981)
Pascassio Manfredi with an
amazing Naga figure holding his phallus
For a second I thought I was in
Malibu! No... Harley's in Brussels!!
I forget who these cheerful folks
were but they were happy to see me, maybe I owed them money?
A Songye exhibit from Marc Felix.
The cigar smoke is free of charge
Marc Felix and company
Joel Cooner (left) with
Joaquin Pecci. I felt bad for Joel since he had a freak accident tripping on a cobble
stone and broke several ribs-- YIKES! I refrained from
telling him any hilarious jokes because it hurt when he laughed.
Hope you're healing fast Joel.
Man's best friends
Texas sized Lapdog
I was missing my good friends
back home when I took this photo
Josh Dimondstein packing it in
or going to settle a score with someone?
and photos by Michael Auliso)
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