The Akan peoples, Ashanti in particular, used gold as a means of payment until colonial currencies were imposed at the beginning of the 20th century. Kept in powder in small boxes, this gold was weighed with scales and weights. Over 2,000 of these weights are kept in the collection of Monnaie de Paris, thanks to various legacies and donations, the last of which occurred in 2018. Through a selection, the 11 Conti Museum explains the origins and unexpected originalities of these small bronze figures that immerse us in the daily life of this region of Africa. The visitor will discover that beyond the gold weighed to trade, the weights say much more than a simple price! This universe - far removed from Western metrology - is recontextualised within the rich Akan culture and the relations which linked Africa - and in particular the Gold Coast - with the West.
Objects of Art LLC is proud to announce the acquisition of the treasured San Francisco Tribal and Textile Art Show, the leading Tribal art fair showcasing the arts of tribal cultures and indigenous peoples of the Americas, Asia, Oceania, Polynesia, the Middle East and Africa. Originally developed by the team of Caskey Lees, the San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art show presents over 80 national and international galleries, displaying museum-quality objects and artifacts in visually striking settings perfect for browsing by tribal art collectors, first-time guests and enthusiasts. This show presents the rare opportunity to find that unique object that you can bring home and enjoy.
Tate Modern presents the first major mid-career survey of visual activist Zanele Muholi in the UK. Born in South Africa, Muholi came to prominence in the early 2000s with photographs that sought to envision black lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex lives beyond deviance or victimhood. Muholi’s work challenges hetero-patriarchal ideologies and representations, presenting the participants in their photographs as confident and beautiful individuals bravely existing in the face of prejudice, intolerance and, frequently, violence. While Muholi’s intimate photographs of others launched their international career, their intense self-portraits solidified it. This exhibition will present the full breadth of Muholi’s photographic and activist practice.
Art Premiers Auction. Expert: Alain Dufour
Christie’s is pleased to announce our online-only auction Living with African and Oceanic Arts, open for bidding from 25 February to 11 March. Works will be on view in our Paris galleries from 6–11 March. The sale features a selection of works of art from Africa, Oceania, Indonesia and North America, with estimates ranging from €100–60,000. This group of artworks celebrates the breadth of styles and creativity of the artists from these cultures, who had influenced some of the great European masters of the 20th century. When added to any collections of modern and contemporary art and design, these works enter into a vivid dialogue with existing pieces through the intertwining themes of art and life. We also have the privilege of offering in this auction some examples from important private collections, of equally impressive origins, including from the collection of Marie-Ange Ciolkowska, wife of painter and art critic Henri Ciolkowska, and that of Mireille and James Lévy.
Christie’s is pleased to present Noutchy in New York City, an online sale of all new paintings and works on paper by the artist ABOUDIA. Created at his studio in Abidjan over the course of the last year in isolation, these works incorporate memories of the artist’s native Cote d’Ivoire and draw inspiration from the pulse of city streets. The paintings and drawings alike incorporate found materials from the artist’s milieu in a painterly homage to nouchi, the youthful slang of cosmopolitan French-Africa and also the name of the artist’s dog and closest companion in lockdown (affectionately misspelled, “Noutchy”). Heavily layered with the vitality, spontaneity and emotive bravado of graffiti, ABOUDIA’s art draws on both the joys and hardships of his native country and city life to conjure phantasmagorical visions in paint, oil stick and collage. The sale will be accompanied by an intimate exhibition from March 4 to 8 at Christie’s, Rockefeller Center galleries.