Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Africa - Adorning the body















1. Cameroon. Bamileke night society members. 20s - 30s of the XX century.

2. Bandjoun, West Region of Cameroon - Bamiléké mask decorated with pearls, this dancer wearing a colobus monkey hairs headdress and carries in his hands a ceremonial flyswatter.

3. Mali. Boys with Bamana Ntomo Masks which are worn at the circumcision ritual.

4. West of Ivory Coast. A young Manon girl painted for initiation ritual.

5. Democratic Republic of Congo - Hamba man of the forest dressed for the "Loukoutou dance" which strengthens matrimonial alliances between kinship groups (Photo: Luc de Heusch). 

6. Gabonese forest, Ngi dance mask painted in white (clay) and red (pounded earth). It is probably a mask carved after a dream where the form was revealed to the sleeper.

7. Gabon. Bakota people. 20s - 30s of the XX century.

8. Batéké Plateau (French Congo) - Big Chief Teke. 30s of the XX century.

9. Batéké dancer who has become a spirit of the air, a bird man, during the time of the feast. 

10. Neighborhood of Ewo. Group of teke men in feast dress with hairstyles in hornbill feathers, the bodies are painted with kaolin and dressed with skirts of fibers.

The Teke or Bateke and the Bakota are Bantu ethnic groups that live in the present-day area of the Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Gabon.

11. Northern Benin. An old Somba woman with wild boar teeth inserted in her nose and lower lip. 

12. Benin. Young Dompago hunters in feast dress.

13. Toma People, Guinea. Ouenilegagui, the Bird Man (Photo: Jean Fichter).

14. Toma People, Guinea. The Guelembaï in front of the forest of initiation (Photo: Jean Fichter).

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The revenge of the raven and other animal dramas - Lithographs by Roger Reboussin














1, 2, 3. The revenge of the raven.
4. The rubble wall of the war.
5, 6. A terrible night.
7, 8 The execution of the traitor.
9, 10, 11. Maupattu the pariah.
12. The punishment of the plunderer.
13. Table of contents.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Bram van Velde - Derriere Le Miroir (Behind the Mirror) and other lithographs























The color, virgin expression, new, without cage,
without routine, without limitless, sunbath, lightbath.
Bram Van Velde (Zoeterwoude, 1895 - Grimaud, 1981)

1. Cover of the french art magazine "Derrière le miroir" (Behind the Mirror) N°240, published by Maeght in October 1980.

2. La Jeune Fille (The Girl) (Derrière le miroir 240) - 83,5 x 60, 5 cm. 1980.

3. Cover of the french art magazine "Derrière le miroir" (Behind the Mirror) N°216, published by Maeght in November 1975.

4. Vif (Derrière le miroir 216) - 51 x 38,5 cm. 1975.

5. Paysage (Landscape) (Derrière le miroir 216) - 46,5 x 66 cm. 1975.

6. Souvenir Duthuit (Derrière le miroir 216) - 46,5 x 66 cm. 1975.

7. Cover of the french art magazine "Derrière le miroir" (Behind the Mirror) N°43, published by Maeght in February 1952.

8. Fond Blanc (White Background) - 68 x 64,5 cm. 1974.

9. Affiche avant N°150 (Poster before No. 150) - 73,5 x 62,7 cm. 1975.

10. Ensemble - 64 x 79,5 cm. 1978.

11. Attrait (Attraction) - 77,5 x 55 cm. 1978.

12. Sans Mot (Without Word) - 35 x 29,5 cm. 1980.

13. Pénombre (Penumbra) - 35 x 30 cm. 1980.

14. Greffe (Graft) - 35,5 x 29 cm. 1980.

15. En Dedans (Inside) - 74,5 x 54,5 cm. 1978.

16. La Chose (The Thing) - 47,5 x 60 cm. 1978.

17. Hantise (Haunt) - 48 x 63 cm. 1978.

18. Le Feu (the Fire) - 42,5 x 57 cm. 1980.

19. Partage - 42,5 x 57 cm. 1980.

20. Grise Nuit (Gray Night) - 47,5 x 65,5 cm. 1975.

21. Inquiétude (Anxiety) - 34 x 50 cm. 1978.

22. Centrée (Centered) - 49 x 45,5 cm. 1975.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Human-Bear Transformations





















1. Simeonie Keenainak. (1932-...) Pangnirtung, Nunavut - Dancer Playing Drum, 1990 (whalebone, caribou antler, leather, tendons 58,0 x 47,0 x 32, 0 cm)

2. Qanaq Palluq. (1936-...) Clyde River, Baffin, Nunavut - Fight Between Man and Bear (whalebone, caribou antler 40,0 x 75,0 x 30.5 cm)

3. Attributed to Palu. Baffin, Nunavut - Hunter and Bear (serpentinite, leather 26,6 x 39,0  x 23,5 cm)

4. Thomas Sivuraq. (1941-...) Baker Lake, Kivallik, Nunavut - Transformation, 2004 (basalt 24,04 x 14,7 x 8,5 cm)

5. Abe Ukuqtunnuaq. (1944-...) Talloyoak, Kittimeot, Nunavut - Transformation, 1999 (pyroxene 31,8 x 37,5 x 15,8 cm)

6. Padlaya Qiatsuk. (1965-...) Cape Dorset, Baffin, Nunavut - Shaman Playing Drum, 2001 (serpentinite, caribou antler, leather 23,3 x 22, 0 cm)

7. Pauloosie Tukpanie. (1960-...) Iqualuit, Baffin, Nunavut - Transformation, 2005 (serpentinite 22,7 x 23,5 x 12,5 cm) 

8. Quveanatuliak Takpaungai. (1942-...) Man transformed into bear playing Accordion, 2006 (serpentinite) 

9. Davie Atchealak. (1947-2006) Iqualuit, Baffin, Nunavut - Dancing Bear, 1990 (whalebone 32,5 x 33,5 x 23,0 cm). The dancing bear represent a shamanic transformation between a bear and a human.

10. Nanelik Temela. (1939-...) Kimmiruk, Baffin, Nunavut - Dancing Bear, 2002 (serpentinite)

11. Davie Atchealak. (1947-2006) Cape Dorset, Baffin, Nunavut - Dancing Bears, 2006 (whalebone 43,7 x 31,3 x 10,2 cm)

12. Pauta Saila. (1916-...) Cape Dorset, Baffin, Nunavut - Standing Bear, 2002 (serpentinite, ivory 24,1 x 13,0 x 5,5 cm)

13. George Arluk. (1949-...) Arviat, Kivallik, Nunavut - Bear and Man, 1988 (soapstone 31.8 x 23,5 x 13,6 cm)

14. Iola Abraham Ikkidluak. (1936-2003) Kimmirut, Baffin, Nunavut - Transformation, 2000 (serpentinite 43,2 x 40,5 x 19,0 cm)

15. Lydia Qayaq. (1954-...) Clyde River, Baffin, Nunavut - Bear and Cub (serpentinite 12,0 x 20,7 x 8,9 cm)

16. James Ungalaq. (1964-...) Igloolik, Melville Peninsula, Nunavut - Hunter, Bear and Dogs, 2005 (whalebone 14,5 x 50,5 x 15,5 cm)

17. Eugene Epkanaq. (1939-...) Melville Peninsula, Nunavut - Hunting Scene on Walrus Jawbone, 1990 (10.0 x 19,0 x 22,5 cm)

18. Emily Pagnerk Illuitok. (1943-...) Kugaaruk, Nunavut - Hunting Scene, 2004 (walrus ivory, whalebone 6.3 x 23,5 x 5,5 cm)

19. Eugene Epkanaq. (1939-...) Melville Peninsula, Nunavut - Walrus Jawbone Carving (Man, Walruses, Bear and Narwhal), 2005 (20.9 x 20,1 x 12,6 cm)

20. Ashevak Tunnillie. (1956-...) Cape Dorset, Baffin, Nunavut - Bear Walking, 2004 (white marble)