Lees) It is true that Liz sold the show to Kim Martindale and
will be enjoying retirement. We wish her the best.
We now know that
the best thing for the health of the show during and after the 2008 recession was to
"lower" exhibition fees, not raise them. Having some foresight
would have meant keeping more quality dealers onboard for much longer. If
a dealer has a bad or bust show and traveled from overseas to do so,
they may not return again. However, if it didn't cost quite as much,
they might stay onboard. Attendance seemed to follow along with
many of those
dealers who left.
Loux- San Francisco. Joe has been doing the show for 10 years and is
always upping his game. In previous years this space was occupied by
John Giltsoff and Kevin Conru.
Loux) Detail of the back side of a rare Shield from the Garo tribal region
of N.E. India (far left in booth)
Loux) Early Upper Sepik Shield
Loux) This Middle Sepik suspension hook was his catalog piece.
Loux) Indonesian Talaud Island shield. Only handful are known.
crowd was modest to thin in the coming days and not many new faces. Occasionally, you'll see the old guard of
collectors roam through, but they seldom buy since their
collections were formed when the best material was available.... and
they too often remind us of it.
Naoum- Brussels. Alain is one of the few European dealers, like
Patrick Mestdagh and Joris Visser, who have been exhibiting for 15 years or
Naoum) Nigerian Figure (Chamba/ Koro maybe?)
De Buck-Brussels) Next to an African Baga figure. Jo told me
he is working with Origins Auction as an expert. Makes perfect sense
as auction is where the buyers are.
De Buck-Brussels) Note, some of these miniatures may also belong
to DeRoche since the exhibit space is shared.
Moraga) That oval object with triangle patterns is not a shield but rather
a Tutsi harp from Rawanda.
Moraga) Looks like an embroidered silk and cotton Nupe royal robe.
Source (John Strusinski) Among the boldest personas in the business,
with a sensitive refined eye for design.
Source (John Strusinski)- This lacquer and gilt object drew me in for its
amazing carving and sculptural qualities. I didn't have time to
discuss it with him, but likely an architectural temple ornament.
Fine Art) Erik also had a Garo shield of the style that Joe Loux had (far
Fine Art) Erik with local customer.
Gallery- NY) Joining the mix this year for the first time.
Maureen was in Australia but we enjoyed seeing her pieces. Hopefully
some sold so she'll return.
Gallery) Borneo Kalimantan Dayak ceremonial mat.
Gallery) New Guinea Papuan Gulf figure and a Northwest Coast Tlingit
Gallery) A fine Maori Whalebone wahaika club and other treasures in
Gallery) They brought some strong Polynesian pieces including the
Maori feather box. Nice mother of pearl inlaid spoon but
uncertain on the culture (Asian/ Micronesian)?
Gallery) Catalog submission piece and also the cover of the show
catalog. Tlingit Shaman of a witch with bound arms (Ex. George Terasaki).
RB (Roger Bourahimou- Belgium) I believe his first time exhibiting
in San Francisco. Chi wara headdress.
Naegele) His masks struck me. A well used Bamileke night society
Hungan mask from Cameroon (a pretty example) and a Sogo Bo puppet bird
head from the Boze, Segou area of Mali (left). How Northwest Coast
does this example look? Wow!
of Eternity- Howard Nowes) Congo Yombe mask
Fernandez) Hemba figure from Paolo Morigi's
(MB Abram Galleries- Los Angeles) I
was thrilled to see an old friend join the show this year.
Abram Galleries) An impressive Polynesian Easter Island (Rapa Iti)
stone goddess figure collected in 1917. (Right) Large early
steatite stone cooking bowl, with perfect symmetry, from the California Chumash Indians.
Abram Galleries) A selection of ancient stone tools from various
early cultures and first humans (some
of whom I thought I saw in the crowd wandering around).
Abram Galleries) A figural iron Dayak Blowgun tip from Borneo.
Abram Galleries) Morris and I. We go way back and have inspired each other along the journey
of dealing art. Displayed on the wall is a collection of special
needlepoint works from artist Jan Haag (Seattle).
Brundage- Art from the Himalayas. After exhibiting for 20+ years,
Bob tells me this was his last one. He and is art will be missed.
Brundage- Nepalese figural oil lamp.
art dealers from London (C.G. Knapton Ltd & Brandt Asian Art) Not long
ago the promoters "combined" their separate Asian Art show,
normally occurring the prior week, with the Tribal show.
surprising catalog photo with Cole Harrell and Hillary Clinton. Do
you think he had to pay her usual $250k lecture fee for
Harrell- NY) brought some strong African pieces.
Harrell- NY) Expressive kneeling Congo figure.
Art of the South Seas-
(Art of the South Seas-
Greg Hamson) Showcase of various miniature New Guinea figures.
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