Photos - page 6 - rue Guengaud galleries
This page will focus on the galleries on the rue Guengaud

*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.
First stop on rue Guengaud was #29, Wayne Heathcote Gallery

"The works being presented by the Wayne Heathcote Gallery are mostly from Oceania, although their collection includes some pieces from Indonesia
and South-East Asia. The gallery is also showing some very high quality ethnographic objects that could easily find a place in some of the most
specialized Tribal Art collections. The objects that Wayne Heathcote is presenting, were chosen for their rarity, their quality and their finesse."

It is true, there were a lot of really great Oceanic objects on display in his gallery, but my favorite was the figure directly below which was also among
my favorite objects in the show. I didn't ask about it or where it comes from, but I was immediately drawn to it and really love the unusual stance and
beauty of the figure. As Vero puts it, I would dig a tunnel for this!
Next down the road is #3, African Muse Gallery (photos below)

"Berthier's African Muse Gallery, the specialist Parisian gallery for Australian aboriginal painting and the arts premiers. As the quai Branly Museum opens
its doors to the public, it is with great pleasure that Luc Berthier sees the consecration by a major cultural institution of his initial project: the definitive
integration of the Australian aborigines to the realm of the arts premiers.

For KAOS 2006, the African Muse Gallery brings together painted barks by John Mawurundjal and northern Australian artist Kay Lindjuwanga, alongside
paintings by Lorna Fencer Narpurrula (Lajamanu region) and the greatly missed Minnie Pwerle (Utopia region). An exceptional group of statues and
masks from Africa (of which a Bamana lion mask, also a female statue from the Cross River, Anyang cult, Nigeria) and from Nepal (notably a spectacular
shamanic statue, remarkable both by its size and rarity) will be presented at this occasion. In parallel, on the right bank of the Seine, at 50, rue de I'Hotel
de Ville, Luc Berthier will be showing sculptures and drawings by contemporary Dogon artist Amahiguere Dolo, in the exhibition "The day after Kaos" from
September 15th through to October 14th."

I was curious to see this gallery because on of my Lobi figures came from this gallery in the 70's. Most of the art they had on display were Aboriginal
paintings and they had a few African objects mixed in, but to me it was a strange group of objects. The figure they featured in the event catalog was nice
though. It was listed as an "Anyiang figure from Nigeria"
Next was #52, Gallery J. Visser

Joris Visser had a large gallery and had a wide range of objects on display. Probably the most unusual was a large Malagan mask from New Ireland that
was featured in the catalog and shown directly below. There was also a very interesting mask displayed in the front window, I didn't inquire about it butit
was so large and delicate I don't know how you could ever transport it!
This large object is actually currency! I may have come across them in books before but never
investigated further. I loved seeing them up close though and they are a really stunning
visually in my opinion. I saw several in different galleries at the show and would have loved to
brought one home with me, but unfortunately I didn't have enough "currency" of my own to
make that happen.
Next was #2, AEthiopia

"For KAOS Parcours des Mondes 2006, Agnes Woliner has brought together three themed collections: a group of shaman drums from Nepal, a group of
toggles that, just like Japanese netsuke, were used to attach medicine boxes, or other small accessories to belts, and a carefully selected collection of
headdresses from Africa, Oceania and Southeast Asia."

My favorite thing in her gallery was the Yoruba stool that was featured in the event catalog shown below.
Next was #30, Galerie Alain Lecomte (photo above was from the event catalog)

"Alain Lecomte is a member of the International Organisation of Experts, Ordinex. The Gallery has been present for several years in the most important
international Tribal Art Shows : New York, San Francisco, Brussels and of course, Paris.

For this edition of Parcours des Mondes, there is no specific theme but rather a selection of objects exclusively from ancient collections: such as this
Yoruba Habitation post representing a horse (corlay Collection), or these Yaka masks from Zaire, still with their raffia headress; this superb Dondo fetish,
opposite page, is from a german collection; and a very rare Toura Mask from Walker's collection, which is a pure pleasure."

This is another gallery where I didn't take a lot of photos in because I was too busy talking. Alain is a very nice guy and I really enjoy talking to him and he
always has an interesting and unusual group of objects on display at the various shows he participates in. I thought I had taken a few more photos inside
the gallery but I couldn't seem to locate them so I scanned the image from the catalog which is above. Alain had 4 figures like this, all similar to each
other, that he got from a German collection. He said they had been collected in the early 30's and had been stored away ever since. He managed to pick
up the 4 of them recently.
Across the street was #47, Serge Schoffel

When you walk into the gallery you are immediately drawn to a group of 3 objects in the back of the gallery. They have the commanding presence in the
room by far. They are a group of 3 "Tau Tau" figures from the Sa'dan Toraja people of Indonesia. I've only seen them in books and it was a treat to see
them in person. They are funerary figures that are carved to represent the dead person. They are usually clothed and placed in a small sort of a terrace
near the village, see the photo underneath the figures to see what I'm talking about. The 2 on the left were supposedly a pair. I think they were selling
these figures individually and it would be a huge shame to break up a couple if that were indeed true.
"LEMO" stone grave in Toraja - South Sulawesi

At LEMO stone grave of Torajan, you can see the "tau-tau" balcony, one with the steep line-stone
museum in the open nature, a combination of death, art and ritual. "Tau-Tau" or wooden effigies which
means small people or man-like statue that is considered to be the spirit of the deceased made out of
wood or bamboo. When the clothes of the effigies worn out by sun, wind or rain, they can be changed
periodically on the certain time which should be held with a ceremony called "Ma'nene" ( to honour the
parents ). Source:
Next on the street was #50, Galerie Valluet-Ferrandin

I didn't get a photo of the front of the gallery because I thought the poster on the window advertising an auction in December was from their gallery.