LACMA's ‘The Inner Eye: Vision and Transcendence in African Arts’ show is exhibiting 100 iconic African art objects that explore how the arts reflect cultural ideas of vision and visuality. In a conversation with Dr. Polly Nooter Roberts, consulting curator of African art at LACMA, we discuss the theme behind the show, its star pieces, and her recommendations on how collectors can use their ‘inner eyes’.
Parcours des Mondes has been instrumental in encouraging people to visit classic African art galleries in Paris. We joined this year's honorary president, Javier Peres, to discuss the three African art objects he views as highlights of Parcours des Mondes 2017, set to run from Tuesday 12 to Sunday 17th September.
"I like all spoons—East Africa, South, West. To me every culture has its own artistic vision of a spoon. The creativity is so appealing given that all a spoon needs is a handle and a bowl to make it functional. But African spoons go beyond the functional, a lot of thought goes into the carving."
Founded by Michel Leveau in 1986, the Musée Dapper was opened in Paris with the mission 'to promote the traditional arts of sub-Saharan Africa'. 31 years later, it will permanently close its Europeans doors on June 18, 2017. We review the masterpieces that currently grace the exhibition floor of the museum.
"In [the early] days a lot of objects were available on the market. There was a tremendous amount of material in galleries, in collections, at auction, in museums. It was much easier to be in contact with a variety of objects… it was a very open world. Collectors used to throw parties at the time of auctions. The parties were fantastic, great objects and great people."