2017 September Parcours Des Mondes Tribal Fair in Paris

Written by Michael Auliso and republished here with his permission.

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Here we are again, covering another exciting Parcours des Mondes, now in its sixteenth year.  I arrived early and left 2 days early.  The streets  are overly crowded on the weekends, making viewing the art in congested galleries less enjoyable.  So, I didn’t feel I missed much leaving sooner.  That said, I seldom get into all the galleries and don’t always take photos if I do.  While I cover a lot, there is much I can’t.  You just have to come and see it all for yourselves.  I’m just serving a spoonful from this rich bowl of Art Soup.  

It doesn’t get any better than The Parcours either.   This year was even better than last year in terms of buyer enthusiasm it seems.  The backdrop of last year was uncertainty and anxiety, with many people waiting on purchases to see the results of U.S. election.   This year, with the value of people’s stock investments looking better for the most part, there was less buying apprehension.  And there actually is just concern since North Korea is a real imminent threat.  

There were 59 tribal galleries.  Astonishingly, less than ten percent of them are American; just five dealers!  Regarding Americans, the collectors are still attending in numbers.  The dealers tell me they like to see that but miss the days when the mega collectors were active buying African Art.

The fair happens during tax season for the French.  We hear and see large crowds at the fair, but the dealers tell me that foot traffic seldom translates to real sales.  Participation among exhibiting Asian dealers is noticeably down.  Dealer turnover and shuffling is common though.

Who’s in and who’s out?  Sitting it out and or not flying the flag this year was Nasser & Co., Berz Gallery, Jean-Baptiste Bacquart, Bruce Frank, Brant Mackley, Ben Hunter, Jacaranda, Renaud Vanuxem and Pierre Dartevelle (who we all wish is doing well).  In was Eric Hertault and Erik Farrow.

In terms of sales, I’m hearing that half the dealers did well and the other half hoped for more.   Despite almost two full days of rain at the start of the fair, the crowds on strong.  There was a whisper about early buying activity.  Apparently, one early buyer spent 6 million euros between three dealers!  One of the fortunate was Didier Claes who sold his entire hair comb exhibition!  Regardless of all that money spent, there is still dealer turnover, since not enough is spent “broadly” to keep everyone happy.   A dealer being “happy” with results, largely depends on their “expectations”.

There were some stunning individual pieces and some very strong dealer exhibits.  That said, I can’t say that there was one gallery overshadowing all others this year.  That has happened many times in past years where a singular exhibit has everyone raving.  I loved Galerie Flak’s new remodel.  Entwistle, Dulon and De Grunne always impress.  Charles-Wesley Hourde’s mask exhibit was noteworthy.  Its very hard to capture the spotlight one year at the fair, let alone two years in a row.  To do that, a dealer must exceed his best previous threshold, then also beat everyone else.  

In terms of trends, I’m hearing from dealers that there is less enthusiasm and demand for Dogon, but especially Lobi this year.  I can’t confirm but that might be already supported by auction prices? 

(Espace Tribal)  Tribal Art Magazine with dedicated exhibit with expanded lectures and program schedule.  

(espace tribal exhibit) “The Lion and the Jewel”  Conceived in 2015, Espace Tribal serves as a think tank on tribal art and each year hosts a special exhibition that is open throughout the run of the Parcours des Mondes.  It is curated by contemporary art gallerist Javier Peres who is also now the Honorary President of the Parcours des Mondes.  Collector Michael Martin from Australia (Second left in lavender coat).

(espace tribal) Just after a lecture.  Pierre Moos being “interviewed”(?) on the couch by an enthusiastic woman.  Priceless body language.

espace tribal exhibit “The Lion and the Jewel”

espace tribal exhibit “The Lion and the Jewel”

espace tribal exhibit “The Lion and the Jewel”.  Nigerian Mumuye figure.

espace tribal exhibit “The Lion and the Jewel”

espace tribal exhibit “The Lion and the Jewel”

Prior to the opening, Entwistle has curtains hiding the objects displayed in the windows.   Their amazing Rock Star status and expertise wasn’t attainted by normal means of field collecting and self-publishing books and catalogs.  They are a dynamic duo like no other and the very best at their one thing.  Is Entwistle now “Bigger” than Sotheby’s?  We’ll revisit that later.

Bovis also with covered windows before the opening night launch.  But even when their gallery is open, it is closed to any photography.  I’m reminded how John Giltsoff hated photography and died before lifting his ban.  I work with who I can but not everyone is accommodating. 

((Galerie Abla et Alain Lecomte)  Open for early business.  4 rue des Beaux-Art Gallery.  

He exhibited at the San Francisco Tribal show for years, and was one of the many European dealers to drop out as American African art collectors contracted.  

           ((Interior- Galerie Abla et Alain Lecomte) exhibition: “Bateke-  La Collection Sophie et Claude Lehuard”.   He and I get along great but with his wife Abla’s translation help.  They had another successful Parcours.  Alain is a good deserving dealer and humble guy.  

    (Dalton Somare)  Leonardo Vigorelli closing a deal on the sidewalk again. 

(Exterior Dalton Somare)  A view of pre-production, as the Parcours ladies work to suction up poles to hang those orange logo flags.  

(Dalton Somare)  Gerolamo with his mother in another dazzling dress.  Hope that one day they have a piece you love, because they are great people to do business with.  

(Dalton Somare)  They made a nice  catalog for the exhibit, Ivory Coast Art from Italian Collections. 

(Dalton Somare)  Baule Mbra monkey figure and a Tellem Dogon (right).

(Dalton Somare) A Lega Ivory and A Luba figure.

(Dalton Somare)  A profoundly beautiful 13th C. Tibetan gilt bronze with inset stones.  

(Dalton Somare)  An Ivory Coast Bete Mask with teeth.   It looks a canine from another dimension.

(Dalton Somare)  Note the very elaborate circular base on the female Baule figure.  Tomaso explained it was the top of a royal stool that is represented.

(Dalton Somare)  Dan we mask.

(Kevin Conru) Corner or Rue de Seine and rue des Beaux-Arts.

(Kevin Conru)  An awesome display of Tutsi shields from Rwanda.  A customer told me weeks later he had purchased the group.  I was excited to hear that.  This was another example of it pays to ask the price.  The answer may surprise you.   Kevin was in the selling mood and kept many customers happy.   At least four people I know made purchases from him. 

(Kevin Conru)  PNG Guam River mask.

(Kevin Conru) A cool Admiralty Island three prong spear with inset Stingray barbs.  Ouch…! Those hurt going in and coming out.

(Kevin Conru) A lovely Papuan Gulf Era River Gope board.  

Galerie Flak’s New Redesigned Space

(Galerie Flak)  Wow..!  Look at their newly redesigned feng shui gallery space.  An impressive remodel maximizing natural light too.  Well executed and worth the effort.  It was enchanting to see the transformation from black!  

(Galerie Flak) Opening night of their newly remodeled gallery.

(Galerie Flak)  A sweet example of a Maori Wahaika hand club.

(Galerie Flak)  A poor angle and photo but….  that is very noteworthy Solomon Island war canoe model on the wall.  Check it out on their website.  The Fijian kinikini  Chief’s club was fully carved and handsome.

 (Galerie Laurent Dodier) An interesting style Bamana ciwara in the window.  His exposition was on “Des Falaises de Bandiagara aux Plaines de Bamako”.

(Martin Doustar)    Wow, what happened here?  It was like now you see it, now you don’t.  Martin’s gallery was open early and many of us stopped in.  A trip back in shortly later and there were empty pedestals,  empty boxes and bubble wrap on the floor.   His Fang figure and Vanuatu rambaramp figure were not on display any longer.  Martin works fast.  You can see them on the window graphics however.  

 (Exterior- Guilhem Montagut)  I only stopped here long enough to take this photo, then got distracted in conversation.  Note that his entire window front and doors are custom covered with film and graphics.  I wish I had gone in, since customers later told me he had some important and beautiful pieces.  He always does though.   His doors seemed often closed when he was open though?

(rue Visconti- Exterior Galerie Erick Hertault) Alex Arthur with Jerry Solomon (right).

(rue visconti) Jerry Solomon grabbed my camera here and turned in on the reporter.  (Left) Alex Arthur with Michael Auliso (right). 

(Exterior Wayne Heathcote gallery)  Look at his cool window graphics… Bernard Dulon in frame on the right.  Wayne’s brother in law Volker was manning the exhibit as Wayne was unable to come.

(Donald Ellis)

(Donald Ellis)

(rue Visconti- Exterior Galerie Erick Hertault) His debut at the Fair.  His gallery was too crowded to enter.

(Erick Hertault)  This Songye in his window was his Parcours catalog selection.  It was quickly removed from the window and I assume sold quickly.  Hertault was a gallery employee for Philippe Ratton.  Do you think he got the client list?   

(Bovis again)  Exterior opening night.

Gallery Layout Map

(rue des Beaux-Arts)  Opening night.

The context for the Parcours fair is that it is a concentrated burst of business and activity for the street level galleries, but only once a year.  Local dealers lament how the crowds and enthusiasm vanish quickly, and how the normal year round “quiet” quickly resumes when the fair ends.  But, for one week this fair is a lot like an old fashion goldrush.  Things are being discovered, sold and stolen.  All this excitement and activity attract, the good, the bad and the ugly.  The good dealers display their best shine while customers stake their claims, buying and reserving objects.  Ready to make their move, however, are predators, scammers and grifters are waiting.

Upon arriving, I immediately began hearing how some unfortunate collector had like 6 Maori hand clubs stolen from a French base maker.  He had carefully selected his favorites from his collection to mount for display, so he could enjoy them more.  Now they were gone.   I was having lunch with a customer and the topic of the theft came up.  He said to me, “yes, I’m sick about it and I must go to the police afterward to file a report”!!  I too was sick to learn it happen to someone I consider a friend.  In summary, be real aware, since some people in town have ugly motives like theft.    

(Serge Schoffel – Art Premier) Opening night.  That’s Serge’s wife Lulu next to a Leopard sculpture from Benin.

(Serge Schoffel)  Serge was at it again in this large gallery space.  The massive size of the New Guinea ceremonial trade axe was staggering.

(Serge Schoffel – Art Premier)

(Serge Schoffel – Art Premier)   I’m really struck by their tenacity and passion.  This time they had a headdress exhibit which easy to like:  “Coiffe de plumes rouges defalim“.

(Serge Schoffel – Art Premier)  Headdress exhibit cont. 

(Serge Schoffel – Art Premier)  Headdress exhibit.   A very special example of a New Guinea bridal headdress from the Iatmul people called an ambusap.  A desirable one with mask-like faces on the back and richly embellished with shell and trade bead wealth adornment. 

(Serge Schoffel – Art Premier) Maori Canoe prow- Ex. Freddy Rollins collection.  As a dealer we don’t know if we’ll own a piece 12 days or 12 years.  I almost bought this same prow 12 years ago but Serge got it instead.  I still love it and know he does too.  Where would you go to find another one for sale if you wanted?   

(Serge Schoffel – Art Premier)

(Serge Schoffel)  challenging lighting conditions…. but the surface on this Papuan Gulf Gope board was amazing.  It was an example made of tree bark.  Its among the oldest I’ve seen, having a multi-generational use patina and surface.   

(Serge Schoffel – Art Premier) This old Kenyan Kikuyu shield was groovy.  This was published in a large ambitious catalog they did for the fair having abundant text. 

(Galerie Flak) Opening night American Indian gallery. 

(Entwistle)  Opening night.  On the rectangular table (left to right), a Mangbetu harp, a rare New Guinea drum from the Torres Straits, a carved Austral Island Paddle and a Marquesas Island U’U club on the wall.  

Returning to our question, is Entwistle bigger than Sotheby’s African and Oceanic Art department?  Some think they have been for years.   What other dealer has a larger staff, having two gallery/ office locations (Paris and London) and gets the highest majority of pieces before they go to auction?  What other dealer-team is more effective at securing important pieces worldwide at auction and privately?  What other dealer is currently brokering the sale of collections rumored to be over 100 million euros to the biggest Tribal Art buyer in the market?  Entwistle!

It’s widely known in the community that Bobby and Lance brokered the sale of The Ziff Collection to a Billionaire Greek businessman/ collector.  Congrats!  Entwistle, as advisor, closely worked with Bill Ziff to assemble his collection to begin with.  So, perhaps its no surprise that they were entrusted to sell the collection they fundamentally helped form?  

Think about how many important works of art are sold “privately” that will never be seen in a Sotheby’s or Christies auction catalog?  More than you can ever imagine. 

(Entwistle) Exterior window display.   Attention-grabbing Polynesian treasure trove.

(Entwistle) Exterior window display. Look at the quality of the Whale tooth ivory inlays on this early Fijian Ula club!  A great piece can broadcast its splendor and authenticity even across the street.  This piece did it so well.

(Yann Ferrandin)  With a stunning Southern Philippine Shield from Mindanao.

(Yann Ferrandin)  Backside of above with relief-carved pass through arm handle.

(Thomas Murray)  with new offerings and always a crowded gallery. 

(Thomas Murray) His collection of various celts, hand axes, and projectile points.  I would tell the housekeeper not to dust each one of them.

(Bernard de Grunne)  Had a number of pieces of exciting quality, rarity and age.  That New Guinea stone-carved Sawos hook on his window was a favorite piece.  It had wonderful scale and was very soulful.   It was one of his Parcours catalog pieces.  Looking at it in person was memorable and a blizzard of an art experience.

(Bernard de Grunne)  There was a third Luba stool that was not in frame.   In person, their quality was stunning.  Since this was my first time ever allowed to take photos, I didn’t want to overstep. 

(Bernard de Grunne)  Finally, this mask almost knocked me over after seeing it.  A New Guinea Torres Strait mask of large volume and proportions.   

(Voyageurs & Curieux)  Look at the scale of the PNG Lake Sentani food dish next to the slender New Ireland Malagan figure.  

(Voyageurs & Curieux)  Never seen one before.  This was a small New Guinea Astrolabe Bay body shield, worn over the chest.  It offered protection from arrows.  If you doubt its age, look at the patina on the back (below).

(Voyageurs & Curieux) backside of above.  Encrusted patina from generational use.  

(Voyageurs & Curieux)  I had never seen one of these either…  As I recall, he told me it is a rare Middle Sepik Club.  The spine of a Crocodile and the head of a Hornbill bird? 

(Interior Jo de Buck – Tribal Arts)  Both of us looking out to wet streets again.  It poured rain all of Wednesday and most of Thursday.  

(Jo de Buck – Tribal Arts)   Jo (center) Blue Jacket.  To his left browsing the gallery is dealer Francois Coppens.

(Jo de Buck) Songye Kifwebe mask.

(Jo de Buck)

(Jo de Buck) A large Kongo or Yombe figure.

](Jo de Buck)  An old encrusted African Mambila mask I believe.

\](Didier Claes) This is Didier’s brother Alexandre.  He is standing next to a large attractive wicker Azande Congo shield near the entrance. 

(Didier Claes)  This time they were exhibiting in the large gallery at 12 rue des Beaux-Arts which was occupied for years by Albert Loeb.  This gallery sees a lot of turnover at the Parcours and is in demand for important exhibits requiring ample “space”.

(Didier Claes)  Just a sampling of Didier’s fine Ivory Coast combs “Galerie La Forest Divonne” exhibition.  He sold the “entire collection” on display to a single buyer prior to opening.  During the fair, I understand he sold one other piece. 

(Didier Claes cont.)

(Didier Claes) Dogon

(Didier Claes) A Buyu figure- Congo.

(Didier Claes)  Congo Fetish.  A real favorite.

(Galerie Jacques Germain) Exhibiting at the cool Art Deco/ modernist furniture gallery of Alain Marcelpoil. 

(Galerie Jacques Germain)  A Paris moment.   Jacques Germain (right) standing with a collector from Cologne Germany, making a statement in a purple plaid suit with silver sneakers.  I understand he shares the same tailor as Marc Felix….we may see more of him later? 

(Galerie Jacques Germain)  He published an 8th volume of his catalog for the items in the exhibit.  He has great taste. 

(Charles-Wesley Hourde’)  Exposition: “L’Emprise des Masques”.  His gallery was always abuzz. 

(Charles-Wesley Hourde’)  Exposition: “L’Emprise des Masques”.

(Charles-Wesley Hourde’)  New Caledonian Kanak figure.

(Charles-Wesley Hourde’)  Not expecting to see this…..!  A Fang  Ngil mask- Gabon.  

(Charles-Wesley Hourde’) Another view  (Fang  Ngil mask- Gabon).  An exciting piece to study in person and very soulful. 

(Charles-Wesley Hourde’) Early Dan Mask with asymmetric face.

(Charles-Wesley Hourde’)  A Baga Nimba shoulder mask.

(Charles-Wesley Hourde’)  A Baga Nimba shoulder mask.  Impressive in person.

(Galerie Franck Marcelin)  Franck (right) next to a handsome group of Aboriginal Artifacts.  This was the large gallery space on 35 rue Guenegaud.  

(Galerie Franck Marcelin)    Midway down the gallery he had a group of carved Austral Island Paddles.  

(Galerie Franck Marcelin)  A New Caledonian greenstone ceremonial scepter.

(Galerie Franck Marcelin)  Some Marquesas Island pieces.

(Galerie Olivier Castellano)

(Galerie Olivier Castellano) Mumuye figure.

(Galerie Olivier Castellano)  Toraja Tau tau figure. 

(Galerie Olivier Castellano) Dogon Maternity figure.

(Galerie Meyer)  Anthony was all about “tapa” this year.  An exhibition formed of masks, cloth and related implements.

(Galerie Meyer)  This was the center piece of the exhibit and it was his Parcours catalog submission.  I confess I had to ask where it was from.   Few were made and have survived.   It is from Santa Isabel Island in the Solomons.   I understand he had been looking for one for a long time.  What makes it special, aside from its rarity, is the signature blue dye they use in the region. 

(Galerie Meyer)  Group of Tapa beaters.

(Galerie Meyer) Here’s a sweet one.  A tapa beater from Niue Island (aka: Savage Island).  The dotting on the handle grip is a cool fishnet motif.

(Galerie Meyer) 

(Exterior Aboriginal Signature- Estrangin Fine Art) A bold contrast of the red carpet next to an active jobsite.  Construction can be like a mosquito, landing on you at the worst time.  Hope he had a successful fair nonetheless.

(Galerie Philippe Ratton) Wall of Gabon

(Galerie Philippe Ratton)  A wall of Gabon.

(Galerie Philippe Ratton) An altar of Bembe figures.

(Galerie Philippe Ratton) Senufo Kpelie mask.

(Outside Galerie Lecomte) A popular photo spot I guess….  Our friend Frank took take this photo of  Javier Sanchez (right) and I.   I may tell his amazing story in an interview of how he arrived to the United States from Cuba?   Fast forward to now and he is a financial advisor in Florida and shopping for his art collection at the Parcours!  The people that attend this fair have real “passion” and we love them for it. 

(Galerie Olivier Larroque)

(Exterior- Galerie Olivier Larroque) Olivier Larroque (left), Artist Woods Davy, Linda Giltsoff (far right).

(Galerie Olivier Larroque)

(Galerie Olivier Larroque) A spooky looking Songye fetish.

(Galerie Olivier Larroque) Congo Hat.

(Galerie Olivier Larroque) The last photo from his gallery, a memorable mask with teeth.  I forget what tribe it was from but it was African.  It almost looks like it could be Nepalese. 

(Dimondstein Tribal Arts)

(Dimondstein Tribal Arts)    Josh Dimondstein (far left) standing next to a large Kusu figure.  The rendezvous point for this photo was here at Josh’s gallery.  Next to him, friends Jim and Lin Willis.  Jim shows us the key to a long happy life is always staying in motion, follow your passion and never let any grass grow under your feet. 

(some dress shop on rue de Seine) 

(Librairie Mazarine)  

(Librairie Mazarine)  So many books, so little space.

(Joaquin Pecci Tribal Art) Phenominal patina and surface on this Nigerian Mbembe headcrest.  Backward swept horns and the mouth almost as wide as its head. 

(Joaquin Pecci Tribal Art) Another view-  Nigerian Mbembe headcrest.

(Joaquin Pecci Tribal Art)  Chokwe Staff.

That’s Petra and Stephan Herkenhoff, noted Lobi Art collector’s and author of a number of books including “Schnitzer der Lobi”.

Street art around the district.

(David Serra- Fine Tribal Art)  This cool Yaka figure looks ready for another round of boxing!  

(David Serra- Fine Tribal Art) A simple and lovely PNG Hunstein Garra hook mask.  His oceanic pieces are strong too and well represented in his new catalog “Imaginaire Tribal 2017”.

If David likes you, he’ll offer you an espresso– he drinks them all day long.  His gallery smells like fresh coffee and he always has fresh exciting pieces.

(David Serra- Fine Tribal Art) Gabon reliquary figure.

(David Serra- Fine Tribal Art) A memorable Tschokwe Katoyo mask from Angola  with severe asymmetry, skewed teeth and brute qualities.  It was collected in 1938.

(David Serra- Fine Tribal Art) A distinctive style of Songye figure with wide feet. 

(David Serra- Fine Tribal Art) Lets call it The-Fon-Cyclops-Fetish.  I overheard a woman saying to her husband, “If you buy that, we’re getting divorced…  You’re not bringing that home”.  Looking at it made her skin crawl and was a testimony to it power!  So, if any of you guys are looking to end a marriage, this piece might be a good catalyst?  But really….. A powerful offering from David, expressing his unique and varied tastes.  It was also published in his catalog including an x-ray image! 

(Galerie Monbrison)  This large scale Luba Bowl bearer pouring cup was astonishing in person for its scale and quality.  It was upstairs and I didn’t get permission to photograph it, but felt it worth sharing.  It was part of an exhibit in 1923 and previously owned by Charles Ratton.

(Galerie Monbrison) A lovely Congo fetish. 

(rue des Beaux Arts) African runners, like clockwork, soliciting/ harassing people on the sidewalk all week.  Its very simple, these guys on the left want his $$$.  They have fake workshop pieces that look like the covers of catalogs, in the trunk of their car for sale in the rue Mazarine garage.  You can get a certificate of authenticity from them for a bit extra too.  The fakes vary widely in quality and can be very convincing.  Sadly, too many people still actually fall for their scam.  Seriously be on guard with these guys and never talk to them.  They act like predators attracted to prey. 

A customer recently worked up the courage to say he had made regrettable purchases from these African runners standing in the Paris streets, when he first started collecting!!  OMG… Don’t make me pull my hair out (and I have a lot of it).  Please, if you’re just learning, never buy a piece of African Art from anyone who doesn’t have a long proud reputation to defend.  These legions of guys who sell fakes as authentic, do a lot of damage to our business and customer base.  Its like putting counterfeit currency into a marketplace already flooded.  There is no positive affect or mutual benefit. 

(Philippe Laeremans)  Entrance display with Naga material. 

(Philippe Laeremans Tribal Art)  Here’s a good line up. 

(Philippe Laeremans Tribal Art)

(Philippe Laeremans Tribal Art) A case of Congo.

(Philippe Laeremans Tribal Art)

(Philippe Laeremans Tribal Art) Indonesian Toraja Tau tau figures.

(Philippe Laeremans Tribal Art)  Close up of one of several Indonesian Toraja Tau tau figures.

(Philippe Laeremans Tribal Art)  They were showing some strong Indonesian pieces this year.  The large dimly lit piece is a large buffalo sarcophagus from Sulawesi.  It was their Parcours catalog submission.  A difficult setting for photography but a catalog photo below:

(Philippe Laeremans Tribal Art) buffalo sarcophagus from Sulawesi.

(Exterior L’Hotel)  A “5 Star Hotel” on 13 rue des Beaux-Arts (known for being Oscar Wilde’s residence).  Given their steep prices, I was surprised how many exhibiting dealers actually stay here.

Artist Jose Bedia (center). 

(Finch & Co)

(Finch & Co)

(Finch & Co)  I believe a 19th C. Rhino horn knobkerrie club from South Africa? 

YES, here is our Cologne collector again– I love this guy!  It figures Denis Ghiglia knows him too (he literally knows everyone).   I bet you that his collection is just as distinctive and impactful as his wardrobe?   

(Galerie Bernard Dulon)  I walked into a real time negotiation for an object.  Dulon’s body language, both hands in his back pockets, suggests he’s “done” and that’s his final price?    The takeaway here, is always ask the price if you have interest– you may be pleasantly surprised.  Don’t always assume a piece is out-of-reach based on who has it.  

(Galerie Bernard Dulon) Fang bieri figure- Gabon.

(Galerie Bernard Dulon)  Some great masks.

Just insane, this guy is walking 10 dogs!  Well… walking 8 and towing 2!  Lets see him walk just one cat though.

… And just up the street, another unusual sight:

A gallery of Guns! Maybe the only gun store in Paris!?  Did you have a clue there was one?   If you’re a law abiding citizen, with the right approval and safety course instruction, French citizens can own firearms.  I think few chose to however.   Most people come into the store to buy pepper spray– the number one item sold.

(Interior Michael Evans & Erik Farrow) Michael Evans is the only dealer who shares a gallery, and usually with Brant Mackley.  This year it was with Erik Farrow from San Rafael CA, making a debut.

(Erik Farrow)

(Michael Evans)  Exposition: “Brutal Wood-War clubs of the South Pacific”.

(Exterior- RB Gallery, 44 rue de Seine)  Roger Bourahimou.  A surrealistic photo the more I look at it.

(Exterior- RB Gallery, 44 rue de Seine)  Roger Bourahimou next to a Woyo mask from the Congo.

(RB Gallery) Congo Fetish and Hemba Figure (right)

(RB Gallery) continuing…

(Lucas Ratton)  Opening night “Exposition Bambara”.

(Lucas Rattan)  Bambara Exposition with great presentation.

(Luca Ratton) Bambara Exposition.

(Luca Ratton) Bambara Exposition.

(Adrian Schlag)  He has exhibited at this off-street gallery for many years now.  He likes the open space and sales juju he feels it brings.  It also happens to have great paintings and art work.

(Exterior Adrian Schlag gallery) 

(Adrian Schlag) A Fang figure near his entrance.

(Adrian Schlag) Fang figure

(Adrian Schlag) Dogon, Lobi, Hemba (background) 

(Adrian Schlag) Hemba male warrior. 

(Adrian Schlag) PNG Papuan Gulf Elema Gope Board. 

(Adrian Schlag) A great long slender male Baule figure.

(Galerie Patrik Frohlich) An old Philippine bulul figure with inset shell eyes and mouth.   

(Johnathan Hope- London)  collector connoisseur turned dealer, has a keen sensitivity to beauty and what makes great art.  He happened to have what I would say was the most enchanting discovery in the fair, but declined me permission to photograph them.  They were a pair of master-carved Nias Island panels with relief-carved monkeys.   I regret I couldn’t share them with you, but always watch his offerings for something amazing or undiscovered. 

(((THE END)))

A special thank you to Alain Naoum!