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Paris Tribal Art 3 to 6 April 2014

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Mask then and now inspiration and interpretation Fort Mason Thomas Murray

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MASK THEN AND NOW

INSPIRATION AND INTERPRETATION

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TRANSFORMATION MASK

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30/01/2014

TRANSFORMATION MASK AND ARTISTIC METAMORPHOSIS by Thomas Murray

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TRANSFORMATION MASK

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THOMAS MURRAY

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CAVIN MORRIS GALLERY

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Mort Golub

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 Thomas Murray will be curating a special exhibition:

MASKS THEN AND NOW

INSPIRATION AND INTERPRETATION

 

at the entrance of the

San Francisco Tribal Art Fair

taking place at

Fort Mason, February 6-9, 2014.

 

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Masks of the Himalayas and Indonesia will be presented with contemporary works from the 

"Shamanic Mask Series" 

 

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by sculptor 

Mort Golub  

  that share common themes of  animism and   transformation .

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TRANSFORMATION MASK

AND ARTISTIC METAMORPHOSIS

by

THOMAS MURRAY

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It is now the stuff of legends and has entered in the realm of Myth, and to think it happened right here at the Sausalito Flea Market.

Who would have guessed that day would turn out to be an event of such historic importance for the World of Himalayan Masks…

I speak of a Sunday that started off like any other Sunday back in 1984, where we would “come on down and pay our respects to the Church of the Holy Flea.”

Treasures, junk and ethnic art mixed with wild abandon could be found from Afghanistan, Bolivia, Cambodia, right on to Xhosa, Yemen, and Zambia and everywhere in between.

There were those who got there before sunrise with flashlights, and then there were the late arrivals, nursing hangovers from their Saturday night partying the evening before who never arrived until after noon.

I tried to get there before my friend Mort Golub, as he was known to have a good eye but often restricted his outlay to $60; this allowed me a little room to maneuver on slightly more costly items he might have passed over.

But on the day in question, much to my chagrin, he beat me to the flea market by half an hour, 30 critical minutes that permitted him to make a world-class discovery!

He came over with a mask in his hand and asked me what I thought… I could see instantly it was one of the finest Himalayan masks I had ever seen, a

black Mahakala.

It had come fresh from Nepal, brought down out of the mountains by a Sherpa, to be sold to pay the expenses of a Tibetan New Year’s pilgrimage to the sacred Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu.

And now, only days later, Mort had astutely bought it from a world traveler who had acquired it from that pilgrim and had himself just arrived back in the States.

Mort asked me what I thought and I could only tell him it was a great piece and how much did he pay?

He was visibly shaken when he answered $600, ten times his normal limit.

And I made the mistake of offering him $1,000 on the spot.

He was no fool and knew a profit of $400 in half an hour was too good to be true.

He declined.

He brought it back home and put it in a drawer because it frightened his young daughter.

And over the months I would come over and boost my offers, $1,500, $2,500, $3,500…

Finally he thanked me and told me once and for all he was never going to let me have it… at which point I said, “OK Mort, just so you know that is a great masterpiece and if you are not going to sell it, why not use it as the founding piece of a collection?

There is a unique opportunity right now

because great pieces are coming out and Himalayan masks are not widely understood, which means we can take advantage of price variation in the market.

But be advised the very best will cost some real money, so please know that in advance; you will get what you pay for!”

And so it came to pass that Mort agreed to fund the effort and I would use my connections in Kathmandu, Paris, New York, LA and San Francisco where important pieces were bubbling to the surface; he authorized me to start building a collection where both of our visions and sense of aesthetics would enrich the partnership.

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For the next ten years we built up a group of some 75 masks that has since been identified as one of the finest collections in the world.

We had a great break for which I remain ever thankful to Alan Marcuson, then editor andpublisher of Hali Magazine for whom I had been doing some writing on textiles.

Alan came to view Mort’s collection in Corte Madera, and while there he invited me to join in a special project, the Hali Annual, an oversized hard bound issue on Asian Art.

And Alan thought the masks of the Himalayas would be a very complementary subject to the other topics planned which would feature great scholars writing longer, more in depth articles, with a greater number of photo illustrations possible.

The Godfather had made me an offer I could not refuse!

I worked like crazy to meet his deadline and somehow the Force was with me.

I proposed Classical, Village and Primitive-Shamanic mask groups and situated them into a greater Asian cultural context.

The history of religion, from Siberian Shamanism to early Buddhism was considered in relation to mask rituals, which also served to convey spiritual messages to an often pre-literate people.

The essay was very well received and is now considered a standard text in the field.

So too, the brilliant photography by Don Tuttle permitted the masks to truly be seen as art for one of the first times ever in print.

And as great an opportunity that we understood it to be, none of us could imagine the 1995 article, 

Demons and Deities-Masks of the Himalayas by this author, would help define aesthetic classicism and establish the now revered Mort Golub provenance, most especially in Europe which is home to the revival of Himalayan mask appreciation.

 

This article is now available on line:

http://www.tmurrayart.com/publications/tm-articles/demons...

 

About half way into this ten-year phase of acquisition, I noticed Mort had begun to assemble sculptures and masks out of found objects; pieces of rusty metal and old pieces of wood he found at the beach.

He scoured the flea market looking now for objects with shape and form that spoke to him, old metal tools and wood hat forms, to name just a few of the items.

Through an internal creative alchemy he would transform these discarded shards of our consumer society into compelling, visionary art.

And as his body of work grew, it became clear that something very special was happening: Mort had gone from collecting art to making it!

And the art he was making was not only good, it was truly inspired!

Mrs. Markbreiter of Arts of Asia heard about Mort’s work and invited him to write for her magazine and he produced, 

Transforming Masks, which came out in the April 1999 issue.

 

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In it he described how collecting transformation masks of the Himalayas had in fact transformed him.

And in this article for the first time his artwork was published together with the tribal and monastic works that inspired his creations.

This was an important declaration of his values as a collector and as an artist.

His sources of inspiration extend far beyond the Tibetan plateau, to Siberia, Japan, Indonesia, Alaska, Africa, the Americas, Oceania and the artwork of Paleolithic man found in caves of Eurasia.

This Arts of Asia article is now available on line:

 

http://www.mysterydance.com/himalayanmasks/index.html

 

Real life intervened as it often does, and about the turn of the millennium Mort found he had to part with sections of his collection to cover obligations to his ex-wife,  unthinkable at one point but now, thanks to the satisfactions that came from making his own masks, far easier to let go.

This aligned with a stronger interest in Europe, with collectors and dealers flying over from Paris and Brussels to try to seduce one or more masks out from Mort’s collection.

And many of those Europeans took pieces of Mort’s homemade sculptures back to the Continent where he is now relatively well represented in some famed private collections thanks in part to the publisher of yet another magazine, Alex Arthur of Tribal Arts, singing his praises!

Mort Golub’s artwork came to the attention of Cavin Morris Gallery of New York City.

Randall and Shari have an exceptional and very broad ranging perception of art, from the New Guinea highlands to contemporary Japanese ceramics; theirs is an eye with a keen aesthetic.

One of their long held areas of interest is works by self-taught artists, sometimes known rather inadequately as Outsider Art.

When they saw Mort’s work on a visit to the Bay Area they immediately recognized his talent and offered him a show.

From that original success, their gallery has represented him in New York now for the past ten years, to Mort’s great pleasure and appreciation.

The saga continued with an exhibition in Paris and

bilingual English-French publication by this author, Masks of Fabled Lands, for the 2009 Parcours des Mondes went from strength to strength, exploring in greater depth some of the Jungian themes and psychic principles that underlie the making of masks, be it then or now.

Himalayan masks from the Golub collection were among those featured, capturing the attention of yet another generation of mask lovers and setting a high bar for future collectors to follow.

I close now giving thanks to Caskey Lees for inviting me to tell this story in words and works of art to a whole new audience that maybe unfamiliar with Mort Golub or the masks from various lands that inspired his creations.

But this rare and important privilege comes not simply because looking at traditional masks in relation to the oeuvres of a self-taught artist is fascinating in and of itself; it comes because Elizabeth Lees as the producer, Mort as the artist and myself as the curator want to convey that collecting art can change life for the better, can enrich the soul and inspire greatness and creativity.

And so it is that in telling of Mort’s  collecting and then the process of his metamorphosis, we find an archetypal story of the hero who struggles with his destiny and emerges a true artist, a tale for all of us of creativity arising from within…

And it all started with buying a mask…

Thomas Murray

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The author offers great thanks to the following people:

Sylvie Reynolds, Marcia Loeb, Bob & Clare, Sonia Lovewell, Nora Stratton and Mort Golub without whose help this would not have been possible.

 

PHOTO CREDITS:

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Mahakala mask,  height 11 inches

Photo Don Tuttle courtesy of Thomas Murray

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Primitive Shamanic Mask 

Middle Hills, Nepal

Wood

19th/ early 20th Century

 

10 in/25.4 cm

Photo Don Tuttle courtesy of Thomas Murray

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OCULAR

2013/7 2013 Wood, metal 9.6 inches

Author 

Mort Golub

Photo Nora Stratton  courtesy of

Thomas Murray

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Citipati "Lord of the Cemetery" 

Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan

Wood

19th/early 20th Century

 

8 in/ 20.3 cm

Photo Don Tuttle courtesy of Thomas Murray

 

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Oracular 

2009/3

Wood, 7.6 inches

Author 

Mort Golub

 Courtesy of

Cavin Morris Gallery

New York

 

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09/01/2014

Paris Tribal show 2014 first edition

PARIS TRIBAL

 

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NEW ART TRIBAL HAPPENING
 
PARIS TRIBAL
 
3 to 6 APRIL 2014
 

PARTICIPANTS: Aethiopia, Galerie Bacquart, Galerie Alain Bovis, Galerie Olivier Castellano, Galerie Dulon, Entwistle, Galerie Yann Ferrandin , Galerie Flak, Indian Heritage, Galerie Kanaga, Galerie Alain Lecomte, Galerie Cédric Le Dauphin, Pascassio Manfredi, Galerie Mermoz, Galerie Anthony Meyer, Galerie Alain de Monbrison, Galerie Noir D'Ivoire, Galerie 29 Lucas Ratton, Galerie Ratton, Galerie SAO, Galerie Schoffel-Valluet, Galerie Renaud Vanuxem, Voyageurs et curieux.
 
 
 

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Indian Himalayan Tribal Arts Parcours des Mondes 2013

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INDIAN AND HIMALAYAN TRIBAL ARTS

AT THE

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In collaboration with 

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HIMALAYAN SPIRITS

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MASQUES DE L'HIMACHAL PRADESH

GALERIE LE TOIT DU MONDE

PARIS

Francois Pannier

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Galerie Frédéric Moisan

Galerie Hervé Perdriolle

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LE RIRE & LE SACRE

Bouffons Rituels & Folle Sagesse

Himalaya Indonesie Chine

 

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MILAN

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01/06/2013

AAB Asian Art in Brussels 2013 program edition

ASIAN ART IN BRUSSELS

announces exhibitors

and program for the 2013 edition.


ASIAN ART IN BRUSSELS (AAB)

is delighted to announce the imminent launch of the 2013 edition.

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Leading dealers in the arts of South and South East Asia, China, Japan and other Asian countries will offer the finest works of art on view and for sale from 5 to 9 June 2013. We are pleased to welcome first time exhibitors Nayef Homsi (USA) and John Siudmak (UK) and returning exhibitors Helena Markus (Italy) Karim Grusenmeyer (Belgium ) who will join the well-established group of dealers who were originally part of the Brussels Oriental Art Fair. We are particularly honored to welcome Mme Gisele Croes in our group.


ASIAN ART IN BRUSSELS aims to bring Asian art to the attention and appreciation of a wider audience and raise the profile of this field which is so rich and diverse.


ASIAN ART IN BRUSSELS will serve as a magnet for collectors and curators in these fields who can be confident of the quality and authenticity of the works offered by respected dealers. 


This year the fair will be fully vetted by an independent panel of experts in the various fields of Asian art. All objects on show will be screened by the Art Loss Register (UK).


ASIAN ART IN BRUSSELS will provide a platform for the promotion, exhibition, and sales of the arts of Asia, and will coincide with two other important cultural events - B.A.A.F. and B.R.U.N.E.A.F - making Brussels a key destination for art enthusiasts in June.


For the first time, an extensive cultural program, named ArtConnoisseurs, jointly organized by Asian Art in Brussels (AAB) and Brussels Ancient Art Fair (BAAF) and promoted by Brussels International Art Promotion and Logistics (BIAPAL) will offer a program of lectures by international specialists in Asian Art, Egyptian Art and Archaeologie. The lectures on Asian Art are co-organized with the Institut Belge des Hautes Etudes Chinoises (IBHEC) and will cover various fields of the Asian art and culture. Dr Pratapaditya Pal (USA), one of the world's most preeminent scholars of the arts of the Indian subcontinent, the Himalayas and South East Asia, will tell of his almost fifty years career as historian of Indian art, and of his experiences with american Museums and collectors . Prof. François Picard (France) will introduce his last book published by the IBHEC and speak about the role of the temple in the circulation of music in China . Max Rutherston (UK) will talk about the world of netsuke. David Pritzker (USA) will explore the royal aesthetic of the nomadic courts of Tibetan Kings (7th-9th centuries).


Dr Irka Hajdas from ETH Zurich will cover various aspects of radiocarbon dating (14C analysis ) showing the importance of carbon dating in corroborating scientifically the historical and stylistic proposed dating of objects.


The publication of the long-awaited study of the history of the Hindu-Buddhist sculpture of Kashmir by Dr. John Siudmak will be announced during the lectures on Asian Art and an advance copy of the book will be available from Brill, the publishers. The work is an important study of the stone sculpture of Kashmir dating from its earliest origins in the fourth/fifth century through the early eleventh century, and includes artworks in other media. It is the first major study devoted to the subject since the 1975 publication of The Bronzes of Kashmir by Dr Pratapaditya Pal, a seminal work in this field.


Dates:Wednesday 5th to Sunday 9th June 2013

Hours:Wednesday 05/06:   3 pm - 9 pm

Thursday 06/06:   11 am - 7 pm

Friday 07/06:   11 am - 7 pm

Saturday 08/06:   11 am - 7 pm

Sunday 09/06:   11 am - 5 pm

Vernissage:Wednesday 05/06:   3 pm - 9 pm

Place:Open doors in the galleries of the Grand Sablon – Brussels

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Madison Ancient and Tribal Art MATA New York 2013

MATA

MADISON ANCIENT AND TRIBAL ART

NEW YORK

TRIBAL ART WEEK

NEW YORK

MAY 2013

More information starting from the Official web site

http://madisonancientandtribalart.com/

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World’s Top Dealers of African, Oceanic, and Indonesian Art & ObjectsCome Together For Group Show in NYC
On May 10th through May 16th, 2013 the Madison Ancient & Tribal Art
 
The show highlights will include objects including:
A Lefem Society
Figure from dealer Kevin Conru
(An important Lefem Society figure by one of Africa’s most renowned 19th century artists, Ateu Atsa, from
Cameroons. He was active between 1860 and 1900, and created some of most extraordinarily powerful works in the sculptural canon of African art.
Formerly in the collection of the Walter Potter Museum, Arundel, England);
The Kota Reliquary
Figure from dealer Adrian Schlag (Gabon Wood, Copper, Iron.
Height 56, 5 cm, 19th/20th century Provenance: Suisse private collection);
The
Songye Kifwebe Mask
from dealer Kevin Conru (Congo circa 1900, brought
to England in 1925 by O.A. Oeser. In 1946, he immigrated to Australia settling
in Melbourne where he acquired the object through the widow of O.A Oeser
via Deutcher/Hackett by private treaty);
The
Atei Figure
from dealer Adrian Schlag (from
Singarin, Agoram area, New Guinee. Wood,
pigments Height: 176 cm, 19th/20th century
Provenance: collection Ernst Heinrich,
Stuttgart); and the
Iatmul Pigment Dish/
Neck Rest
from dealer Bruce Frank.
Many collectors of ancient and tribal art
from across the country and abroad will be
in New York for the auctions. MATA aims to
captivate this audience with the shows wide
range of high caliber pieces to suit a broad range of collectors, unlike the auctions
which are limited to a certain number of objects, regions and price points.
The Arader Gallery is located at 1016 Madison Avenue (between 78th and 79th
streets) in New York City.
For more information as well as a slide show of objects, please visit
www.matanyc.com


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New York Tribal Art Fair May 10 14th 2013 AOA

AOA

TRIBAL ART FAIR

AFRICA OCEANIA AMERICAS

MAY 10 - 14th

2013

New York

http://www.aoany.com


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11/02/2013

SAN FRANCISCO TRIBAL ARTS & TEXTILE SHOW 2013

SAN FRANCISCO

TRIBAL ARTS

&

TEXTILE SHOW

2013

An Interdisciplinary experience

http://www.caskeylees.com/SF_Tribal/SF_Tribal.html#

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of

SAM SINGER

SAN FRANCISCO

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FOSCO MARAINI SAPPORO: I GIORNI DELL'UNDICESIMO VIALE GLI AINU DI HOKKAIDO NELLE FOTOGRAFIE DI FOSCO MARAINI

FOSCO MARAINI

SAPPORO:

I GIORNI DELL'UNDICESIMO VIALE

GLI AINU DI HOKKAIDO NELLE FOTOGRAFIE DI FOSCO MARAINI

 

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Fosco Maraini

(15 November 1912 in Florence – 8 June 2004  Florence)

was an Italian photographer, anthropologist, ethnologist, writer, mountaineer and academic.

 Fosco Maraini is well known especially for his field work in Tibet and Japan.

The visual record Maraini captured in images of Tibet and on the Ainu people of Hokkaidō has gained significance as historical documentation of two disappearing cultures.

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  In 1930, when he was only 18, he successfully showed his experimental black-and-white photographs in Rome at the exhibition

" Mostra Nazionale di Fotografia Futurista".

In 1939, with a grant from the Japanese government, travelled to Sapporo in Hokkaido to study the tribal traditions and arts of the Ainu people, then on the verge of extinction.

He was also attracted to the art of ukiyoe or wood-block prints, especially those made by Hokusai (1760-1849), a master of evocative perspectives whose art influenced Maraini's own work with a camera. 

Maraini also photographed extensively in the Karakoram and Hindu Kush mountain ranges of Central Asia, in Southeast Asia.

 

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His field work was recognized with a 2002 award from the Photographic Society of Japan,  especially for his impressions of Hokkaido's Ainu.

The society also acknowledged his efforts to strengthen ties between Japan and Italy over 60 years.

Maraini  is also  known  for his published observations and accounts of his travels with  Giuseppe Tucci during two expeditions to Tibet, 1937 and  1948.

 

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FOSCO MARAINI BOOKS

 

Secret Tibet (1952)

Ore Giapponesi (1959)

G4-Karakorum (1959)

Meeting with Japan (1960)

Paropàmiso (1960)

L'Isola delle Pescatrici (1960)

Tokyo (1976)

The Island of the Fisherwomen (1962)

Jerusalem: Rock of Ages (1969), Photography by Alfred Bernheim and Ricarda Schwerin; Translated by Judith Landry; New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, Inc.

Gnosi delle Fànfole (1994)

Nuvolario (1995)

Case, amori, universi (2000)

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