Preserving African Art

Maintaining Collection Integrity

June 09, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Anne-Catherine Kenis has a 30-year career in restoring and preserving classic African art. We speak to her to learn what collectors can do to maintain the integrity of their African art objects.

Collector Spotlight

Richard Ulevitch, United States

June 02, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"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."

In Defense of Museums

Celebrating the Musée Dapper

May 25, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

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.


Dealer Spotlight

Carlo Bella, United States

May 24, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"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."

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection

Catalogues from the Museum of Primitive Art Available Online

May 14, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

The Museum of Primitive Art was the first museum in the U.S. dedicated to art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Now part of the Metropolitan Museum, 72 catalogues from past MPA exhibitions have been digitised and made available free online. Here we highlight the catalogues of exhibitions featuring African art.

Sotheby’s Classic & Contemporary Art Exhibition Review

Highlighting the Universality of Classic African Art

May 10, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Sotheby’s will hold its annual African and Oceanic art auction in New York on May 15, 2017 and in Paris on 21 June 2017. We spent time with Alexis Maggiar, International Specialist of African and Oceanic art and Director at Sotheby’s Paris and Brussels, to discuss the latest Sotheby’s exhibition of African, Oceanic, and contemporary art.