Art in London. Tribal arts pop up in The Mall. 10-13 September 2014. Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you.
Tribal Art London launches this Autumn at The Mall Galleries, London, 10-13 September 2014. 15 experts and gallerists from the UK, Europe and Australia, all highly-regarded in their field, will showcase and sell period ceremonial and modern tribal art. Tribal style continues to intrigue the fashion world (this summer tribal-inspired designs are much in evidence), and the bold abstract shapes of many works make them desirable interior sculpture in contemporary spaces.
At this, the UK’s only specialist tribal art fair, artefacts will be drawn from a wide range of cultures, and include contemporary ethnographic art and photography and specialist publications including a new book launch. Two days of lectures (Thursday 11th and Saturday 13th) complement the show.
Exhibited works for sale at Tribal Art London are chosen for their quality and authenticity. They will include masks, textiles and a diverse array of special objects created for ritualistic or ceremonial use. Jewellery and adornment is an important aspect of tribal art, as are warriors’ shields and arms. Beaded crowns and shell-work headpieces can be seen alongside Aboriginal and African figures and carvings. (Picture sheets available.)
Ethnographic photographs and contemporary art and photography are included. A wide range of specialist books and publications will be for sale. The Magic of the Mask: The Bolon, a new title by photographer and African art collector Michel de Combes will be launched at the fair. The author will present two talks in the lecture programme, based on his personal journey to a remote corner of Burkina Faso, West Africa.
Tribal art attracts international collectors of modern and contemporary art for whom tribal pieces work sculpturally alongside Western works and modern interiors. There is a growing interest in the subject amongst younger buyers who are drawn to the cultural stories and primal forms of masks and martial items such as shields.
Bryan Reeves, the Organiser and himself a long-standing dealer in African art, says: “The early works to be exhibited by dealers at Tribal Art London are all original period items made for intentional use, many of them museum-quality. There is a great deal of later work on the market today, made not for use in the tribe but to serve the consumer demands of a tourist trade. Our exhibitors source historic items, often with provenance, collected in the late 19th and first half of the 20th centuries by explorers, scientists and missionaries who would have lived alongside or known the peoples for whom these objects held great significance.”
Tribal Art London will be an important new focus for collectors and connoisseurs, travellers and adventurers, the enthusiastic and the learned.