|Photos - page 5 - the rest of rue Guengaud and a few galleries I missed from other pages
|This page will focus on the the rest of rue Guengaud and a few galleries I missed on other pages
*Text below in quotes is from the Parcours des mondes catalog
Some of the photos are better than others, the lighting situation wasn't the best for non-flash photography. You can click on any image to
see a larger version.
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|Next was the other space, #40, that Noir D'Ivorie occupied in the show.
"Reginald Groux has been an active dealer since the early seventies. He specializes in the ancient arts of Black Africa.
Member of the Syndicat National des Antiquaires and of the Compagnie Nationale des Experts. In addition to a selection of masks and figures from
Western Africa, Reginald Groux invites you to discover an amazing forest, composed of large branches or tree trunks. These standing timbers, sturdy
and winding, come from the Southern Sahara. Their shapes, evoking the form of a totem pole and the spirit of modern art, suggest the art of Brancusi,
carved by chance and time."
This space was dedicated to the exhibition of utilitarian objects that were, as stated above, carved by "chance and time" into wonderful forms.
The photo directly above will put the posts into context for you, it was on display in the front window of the gallery.
|Ropes were used to draw water from a well and there was sort of a pulley system established.
The rope went over the pulley and when water was drawn from the well the rope would apply
pressure on the logs around the perimeter of the well. Over time the rope carved slits out of
the logs and as you will see below it turned the logs into wonderful and interesting objects. The
display in the gallery was very interesting and I think it would be great to take a few home.
They actually sold a large number of them by the end of the show.
|Alexandra Martin-Blasselle was also on rue Guenegaud but must have been a late entry in the show because she wasn't on the map.
She had a nice group of objects on display in a small gallery and my favorite were 2 Baule figures, both with interesting coiffures. I only photographed the
male figure in detail, but the female also had interesting detail to it. I only liked the figures from the neck up though, the rest of the figure really didn't go
with the wonderfully carved heads in my opinion. (My photos are a little out of focus)
|Also on rue Guenegaud was another possible late-comer to the show, Philippe & Lisa Laeremans Art Tribal
They had a small selection of nice objects, my favorite was the maternity figure below.
|I'm doing a little back-tracking now because I missed #15, Dalton Somare on rue de Seine
"Dalton Somare Gallery has been opened in 1993 and it is the result of the Museum experiences and of the field researches conducted by Grata Somare
and Leonardo Vigorelli. Leonardo Vigorelli, an anthropologist, has been the curator of the Ethnographic Section of the Natural Sciences Museum in
Bergamo and he is, together with his wife Grata Somare, the author of several publications on the Himalayan area and on the Subsaharian Africa. Their
two sons, Tomaso and Gerolamo, are as well actively cooperating with them.
The Gallery has been participating for many years to the most important international exhibitions of primitive art (San Francisco, New York, Brussels and
Paris) and, considering the importance of a rigorous distinction between ethnography and art, the Gallery deals with objects both of African Art and of
classical and primitive Asian Art of a high aesthetical degree.
In 2004, Dalton Somare Gallery has published : "A Hidden Heritage", the first repertory of African Art in Italian private collections."
My favorite thing from this gallery was the Chi-wara they had featured in the catalog, which is shown below. I loved how the horns just swept backward, it
had a very simple, yet elegant presence to it. There was another Chi-wara displayed next to it and the provenance listed on it was the "H. Rubistein
Collection". I'm sure it was supposed to read the "H. Rubinstein Collection". I didn't find that one particularly appealing, even with the provenance, but
apparently someone did because both of the Chi-waras were sold by the end of the show.
|Headdress, Ciwara, Bamana, Mali, Early 20th Century, Wood, Iron, 23 x 82 cm. Photo : Dalton Somare Gallery
|Another gallery I missed on rue de Seine was #25, the Jacques Germain Gallery
Everyone in France was very pleasant, except for the people in this gallery. Maybe she was having a bad day, but the lady in the gallery was sitting down
when I walked in and didn't even return a "bonjour". I went into the gallery twice and the 2nd time wasn't much better. They had some interesting things in
the gallery though, but if I had the means I would have asked them about something they had that I liked and then I would have gone to another gallery
that had something similar and I would have bought it there.
They did have a few nice hard cover catalogs they did for this show and for previous shows but I didn't pick on up.
|I loved their Mumuye figure!
|The Makonde calabash stoppers were also wonderful.
|I didn't like the Fang byeri figure they had in the entrance but I LOVED the Tsonga staff they had, it was in my top 5 favorite objects in the show!
|Below are a few galleries I missed on rue de Seine, I couldn't add them to that page because that page had already
reached it's maximum size so I decided to just add them here.
|Another place of not on rue Seine was "Fischbacher" books. They had a large selection of Tribal Arts book and the room that contained them was always
full of people. I of course didn't buy any objects at the show, but I did bring back a backpack full of books! At least 50 pounds worth.
Since there are only a few galleries on the other streets I am going to include them on this page instead of doing a separate page for them.
|On Quai Malaquais was #10, Galerie Alain Bovis, who in association with Arte y Ritual put on an exhibition called "Nigeria"
"Ana & Antonio Casanovas from Arte y Ritual Gallery, Madrid, and Alain Bovis, Paris, present the exhibition Nigeria, with 30 extraordinary Nigerian pieces
from the private collection of Anne and Jacques Kerchache in Alain Bovis Gallery, 9 quai Malaquais, Paris 6th."
The exhibition was nice and I really liked the Mumuye mask that was featured in the catalog, it wasn't the nicest Mumuye mask seen in the show to me.
Antonio Casanovas was in a very heated argument in the back office of the gallery yelling at someone on the phone while I was there. You couldn't help
but hear it in every part of the gallery and I think the people in the gallery were embarrassed for him because there was a serious client looking at a piece
while this was all going on. When I told someone else about it they said that he deals in the "high numbers" and things get pretty heated at that level. I just
thought it was something that was interesting to experience.
Besides that, the objects on display were all very nice and of course from a very prominent collection. That fact was being pushed to the potential buyer of
a Mama mask in the gallery, I enjoyed being a fly on the wall listening in on the sales pitch. There was a nice catalog that accompanied the exhibition.
|A Tiv statue on the left and a Mumuye mask on the right that were featured in the Parcours des mondes catalog from Alain Bovis and Arte y Ritual.
Photo : Manel Armengol
|The next 3 galleries were on rue Visconti, I went in the galleries the first day but forgot to go back and take photos
later on so I've included scans of the featured pieces from the catalog.
|# 23, Bruce Frank Gallery from New York
Bruce is a very nice person and is always good to talk to and always have some high quality and interesting objects in his gallery and the shows he
participates in. He has a great website, you can click on his name above to go to it in a new window.
|#11 was Chris Boylan Oceanic Art
"Chris Boylan is based in Sydney, Australia and deals exclusively in Oceanic Art. New Guinea and other Pacific Islands are close by and he has spent
much of time over the last 30 years travelling, living and collecting in these areas. Australia, too, remains a rich source of artworks from Oceania with many
"curios" brought back from the Islands in past centuries by whalers, explorers, missionaries and colonialists.
The objects exhibited at Parcours des Mondes reflect both these sources - old Australian collections and field collecting."
Chris is also another very nice person and I really enjoy the things in his gallery. You can also click on his name above to go to his website.
|Ancient Wood Mask, Yambimbot village, Yuat River, Lower Sepik
River, Papua New Guinea. Personal name: Yambinawan
Ex-Dr. Gerrits collection, 49 x 25 cm. Photo: Lucio Nigro, Sydney
|#24 was the Patrik Frohlick Galerie
|Well, that's it! There were a few galleries that I didn't go into, mainly because they had Pre-Columbian or Chinese
art and I don't really have an interest in either of those types of art.
I hope that you enjoyed the virtual tour of Parcours des mondes 2006!
The next page (linked below) has a few photos of the new Musée du quai Branly
|Above is the hotel that we stayed in, it is located on rue Bonaparte and
is very near all of the galleries in the show. It's a great little hotel and I
would highly recommend it to people who want to stay in the Saint
Germain des Pres area if they are visiting Paris.
|Below are a few photos of some (but not all) of the people we were
traveling with or met up with for the show.
|Above (left to right) is Jerome and I in the front and Vero and Estelle in
the back. (Vero had asked that her photograph not be published on
the Internet so I blurred her face out.) Vero was our tour guide when
we arrived in Paris and she and her husband are also Tribal art
collectors who spend most of the year living in Nigeria and a couple of
months living in Paris. Estelle is also a collector and a good friend of
mine who lives in France who came to Paris for a few days to walk
around the show with us.
The four of us had a great time walking around to all of the galleries
on Saturday the 16th. We also met up with Christian Silvian, Luc
Lefebvre and Jean-Christophe Bonnefoy from France and spent a
little bit of time with them.
These are all people that I had only previously talked with over email
and it was a true pleasure to be able to meet up with them and talk to
them in person!
|Above (left to right) are Bobbi Hamill, Tim Hamill and John Pavan at
our hotel having breakfast one morning.
|Above are Tatjana and Jochen who came in on Friday from Germany.
|Above are Jerome (L) and Peter Kryshtalovich who is from Canada.
|The 3 photos here are of some of the people in the group that were
staying at the hotel. It was great to be able to walk around the galleries
with everyone and talk about what we saw. The group had varied
exposure to, and varied levels of knowledge about Tribal art. It was great
to share thoughts and ideas about the things we saw.
Dinners were also a great experience with such a diverse group. Dinners
usually started at 8pm and lasted until midnight and all of the food was
|Me and my good friend Estelle who came to Paris to meet up
with us for the show.
|Tim and Bobbi Hamill and myself
I really enjoy Bobbi and Tim, they are both great people and good
friends. I really got to know them a lot better during this trip and enjoyed
traveling with them.
A special thanks to Bobbi Hamill for putting this together and making this
|Leif Holmstedt who recognized me walking
on the street, he wrote the book
|The flight attendant with the monkey on the flight home. She was great!
There will be more on the "monkey" in my About Me - Photo Version
photos of Paris...coming soon