SO MUCH happening; keeping on top of it all was a real challenge.
Sharing information with others was vital in case
you missed an email invite for a particular exhibition or event. A visitor had to navigate,
coordinate and physically get to all of the venues, which seemed like a fulltime job. It was a sea of invitations, previews, etc. That said, everything happening
was within a 30 block radius mainly on the upper east side. Being
a California native I “drive” everywhere, so the continuous walking
walking took a toll on my poor feet. Needless to say they
didn't take me everywhere I wanted to go.
also a show called "Tribal Togetherness" hosted by Howard Nowes in his
gallery on 303 East 81st street that included material from Jo De Buck,
Dave Deroche, Fernandez and Zemanek.
I noted there
was no shortage of people in attendance. Lots of European dealers came
to check out the scene. All of the opening
night venues were crowded especially the AOA Tribal Art New York show
organized by Maureen Zarember at the Fletcheer-Sinclair Mansion.
I didn't get
much feedback on what success individual dealers had. A few
dealers told me they would do the event gain but didn't sell anything
expensive. That said, I'm hearing a unconfirmed report that an
African piece was sold for close to $700K! It appeared the
hometown NYC dealers sold better than the visiting dealers; a home court
advantage I guess.
I must give
praise to all of the dealers, there were many, that stepped up to
display their heavy artillery (good art). This made for a
much richer and stimulating art experience. They all deserve great
appreciation. I want to acknowledge all the hard work, planning,
and capital the dealers contributed to promote and produce these professional venues.
what I know about the European debt crisis and from talking to
collectors and dealers on the continent, I'm predicting within a year we'll
begin to see an economic shift. As the EU continues to be mired in
a debt crisis, increased buying demand will come from collectors in the U.S.
MADISON ANCIENT & TRIBAL ART SHOW
Acting on a
tip, James Stephen secured this impressive upscale gallery space at 1016
Madison Ave. He and Peter Boyd helped organize and promote their
with Stevenson's display in front
Northern Tanzanian figure from the Pare people
with a Kamba figure and a Lobi Bateba figure (right)
Renaud Vanuxem visiting from Paris
next to a Middle Sepik House mask, probably Sawos? There were 3 or
4 floors of dealers and as I recall Kevin had the largest space on the
Conru with an
early PNG Boiken mask
Guinea Yuat River Mundugumor flute figure got a lot of attention
Mark Assyag and his wife from Montreal
was keeping it minimal with just 6 pieces displayed on the landing of
the second floor. Having the magic "European touch" he probably
sold out too. We can all learn something from Adrian.
Schlag with a
unique old Tiv figure having long arms and fingers
on the 2nd with an enormous "thing"
had a handsome display and ingeniously conquered the space limitations
by maximizing his display area using mounted hanging panels for his
collection of spoons, heddle pulleys, whistles, combs and throwing
A 19th c. Maori canoe bailer
As you can see
it got crowded in there making it challenging to buzz around and shoot
next to Fred Taylor from San Francisco (left)
Some stone-carved treasures from New Guinea. A Sepik Betel nut mortar
with 4 figures and a small deeply carved charm. (Not to be confused for
a "bottle opener")
with African collector Noble Endicott and Boston Collector Susan Allen
I think I'm on
the "third floor" now? Joe Loux (San Francisco). Joe's
wife Katie is expecting a stork visit soon.
Joe Loux cont.
In addition to tribal art, he displayed a fine selection of Asian
jewelry, masks and textiles
exhibiting from Florida, discussing baby names with Katie
Oceanic, Americas) TRIBAL ART NEW YORK
A short walk
around the corner was this upscale venue in its second year at the
Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion . Maureen Zarember (Tambaran Gallery)
and one employee, took the bull by the horns and produced the entire
show by themselves. Knowing how much work that is, their efforts
were commensurate. They left no stone unturned and even produced a
terrific catalog featuring all the exhibiting dealers, including
advertising with auction houses and museums! The map on the back
was most helpful too.
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