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great Parcours has and come and gone. We invite you experience a part of
it from an insider's POV. This is not a "blog" but rather an
"opinion editorial" hosted on tribalmania.com.
The Parcours fair
is like going for a
drink at the fountain and getting hit with a "fire hose"! I ran into a number
of American and Australian customers, first attending Parcours who were
awe-struck by the volume and intensity of the Art Experience (you could see it
on their faces)-- the theme exhibits often adding high notes through out.
As is mentioned in the introduction of their catalog, "it has been a high
point of the calendar for all of the major global players in the tribal art
European economy is slowing down, and perhaps going into a potential recession,
astute collectors continue to buy. Many collectors forego purchases
throughout the year, keeping their powder
dry for the Parcours. There were 69 exhibitors this year as
opposed to 65 last year. New and official exhibitors for 2014 included:
Berz Gallery of African Art (Sausalito California), Brant Mackley Gallery (Pennsylvania), Martin Doustar (Brussels),
Jonathan Hope (London), and Indian Heritage -
Frederic Rond (Paris).
I understand that pre-sales
were strong as dealer's best clients came early to buy. I saw a number of
collectors providing material to dealers to take advantage of the opportunity to
I noted in particular late Saturday afternoon that the most red dots were
accumulated by Alain Lecompt's (Teke Exhibit) and Yann Ferrandin (making it look
easy again). As with any fair there is a "rotation"
of success and it is never robust for everyone-- "success" depends
on many factors like what you have, who shows up, people's enthusiasm, and a
dealers profitability on consignments they have... etc.
of collectors was discussing specific objects and comparing "prices".
It was a fascinating conversation to hear how each judged
"value". From a
buyers point of view, they still want all the rarity and quality but they don't
want "record" prices, just "reasonable" ones. There is
enough material at Parcours where a collector can (to a point) compare and shop
relative objects.... Some dealers price items aggressively, either because of what the piece is or who the
dealer is. That's fine but they risk having inventory much longer,
perhaps making it harder to sell. To be fair, however, the majority of
pieces are certainly not priced out of bounds. The days of seeing an
"ordinary object" priced for multiples of its real value, ended back in
The journey though
the galleries is mostly stream of consciousness and it took me almost 4 days to
see about 85 percent of it. Some galleries I never did get to visit. Sadly, when I returned to
key galleries, initially too busy to photograph , many
exciting pieces were already gone. That was especially true of Renaud Vanexum's gallery
who had an exposition titled " Sage et Feroce". So, you
must be early before things are purchased and removed, since many visitors to the
Parcours are from out of town and eagerly take their purchases with them! Who can
blame them, they want to start enjoying them.
Conru) with one of the best graphic window art displays-- Pair of New
Britain Banning tapas
Conru) rue des Beaux-Arts Gallery
buyer behavior, Kevin told me "there was an abundance of people walking around who can and will spend
2-3000 euros, then there are those who will spend 10K, looking for better pieces
they are "fewer". Then there are those who will spend far
more and they are the fewest. At Parcours I expect to spend more time with
customers to make deals work."
Ferrandin) Interior of his new spacious and classy gallery on 33 rue de
Ferrandin) Left- Detail of a Batak Magic horn from Sumatra. Right-
expressive horned Dan mask
Ferrandin) A unique style Baule female figure.
Ferrandin) an ancient Senufo "Kipele" mask
Ferrandin) Makonde mask Mozambique
Ferrandin) Luba Stool
Ferrandin) Maori feather box "wakahuia"
fair is always a rich social experience. Running into Marc Pinto from
Perth Australia. Marc is a dealer, field collector and traditional Tattoo
artist. I like the contrast of his Paris attire and ink. He's
wearing mostly Thai Buddhist magic tattoos. Good chatting and thanks
for the coffee man!
Hamson) New Guinea pieces including a graphic Elema archers shield and
Hamson) The scale and quality of the center Aboriginal Churinga was impressive.
Hamson) His catalog submission- A West Sepik province, Siasso Lagoon
Frank) New Guinea fiber mask
Frank) A New Guinea Aitpae female figure. Right- A refined Mende
"Bundu" mask from Sierre Leone
Guilhem Montagut) Dramatic and effective use of window art for this
exhibit: "L'ancien Soudan Francais".
Guilhem Montagut- Barcelona) Cameroon Bamileke figure
Montagut (red shirt)
Montagut) A Kuba "bwoon" Helmet mask
Montagut) Left- Dogon ancestor figure, Right- a Senufo figure
Montagut) Bamana Hyena mask
Montagut) Dogon "Omono" mask
Galerie Guilhem Montagut) Running into a couple more colleagues Daniel
Rootenberg, and Charles Moreau.
J. Visser) Amazing Asmat headhunting sculpture set against a graphic N. African painted
J. Visser) Detail showing a decapitated individual holding their own head!
From the old days of a thriving headhunting culture.
THE PARCOURS AT
For me a part of
Parcours experience, is studying and looking in the gallery windows at NIGHT.
think it is cool when they leave their lights on so you can see some of the Gods
and Ancestors resting. A quiet reflective time to absorb more and
summarize the day. It also helps occupy oneself for insomnia and Jetlag.
Ratton)-- Evening, Rue de Seine looking through a sheer curtain
Ratton) This Punu Charm from Gabon was his catalog submission
Dodier) Strolling the galleries and running in this contraption. At first
I thought it was the worst modification to a car I've ever seen (which it is)
but then it dawned on me the intention was to duplicate the DeLorean from the
80's film Back to the Future.
Dartevelle's Exhibit: Continuite'. This year he moved the larger
attractive Galerie Loevenbruck space on rue Jacques Callot.
Schoffel de Fabry on rue Guenegaud
Galerie Meyer- Michael Auliso (left) with Maori Sculptor George Nuku
(right). His sculpting skills are in high demand with a line of Museums eager to commission his work.
Anthony Meyer has exhibited his work in the past. Continued success to you
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