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  • Lee Rubinstein
    In conjunction with the December 1, 2010 auction of Isidor Kahane s six (6) African Masterpieces, Christie s produced a short video highlighting him and
    Message 1 of 3 , Jan 14, 2011
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      In conjunction with the December 1, 2010 auction of Isidor Kahane's six (6) African "Masterpieces," Christie's produced a short video highlighting him and these six beautiful, carefully -- and quietly -- gathered works.  Some of the accompanying text descriptions also provide insightful historical background on the works as well as a narrative depicting the care and restraint that characterized the formation of this small collection, a narrative that also offers a slice of historical  perspective on 20th century collecting of African art:


      In addition to the simple, captivating Baule Anglo Ba, Baga D'mba, Fang Eyema Byeri and two Kota Mbulu Ngulus is also an arresting N'duleri Dogon figure*.  

      *As background to the appreciation of Dogon art and culture, I recommend viewing Luc de Heusch's Sur les traces du renard pale (Tracking the Pale Fox) -- which recounts the ethnographic work of Marcel Griaule, Jean Rouch and Germaine Dieterlen and which includes some of the footage compiled during Rouch's decades of life and filmwork among the Dogon.  Constructed through his and Mme Dieterlen's relationships with Dogon communities and Rouch and Dieterlen's quest -- extended from that begun by Griaule -- to understand and appreciate the richness of Dogon cosmology and traditions, this film is an excellent starting point for exploring the body of film created and knowledge gathered over several decades and amplifies the complexity and richness embedded within material traces of Dogon (and other African) traditions.   

      Lee
    • victor cinti
      Lee, Thank you. They are wonderful works and I am particularly drawn to the Dogon piece. It seems from the video that there is a child on her back. Would be
      Message 2 of 3 , Jan 14, 2011
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        Lee, Thank you.

        They are wonderful works and I am particularly drawn to the Dogon piece. It seems from the video that there is a child on her back. Would be nice to see some other photos of the piece--


        Victor Cinti
        Osaka, Japan
        http://www.kuroneko-camera.com/victor_cinti/

        --- On Fri, 1/14/11, Lee Rubinstein <LeeRubinstein@...> wrote:

        From: Lee Rubinstein <LeeRubinstein@...>
        Subject: [African_Arts] Unique collection auction offers glimpse of a unique, selective collector
        To: African_Arts@yahoogroups.com
        Received: Friday, January 14, 2011, 9:02 AM

         

        In conjunction with the December 1, 2010 auction of Isidor Kahane's six (6) African "Masterpieces," Christie's produced a short video highlighting him and these six beautiful, carefully -- and quietly -- gathered works.  Some of the accompanying text descriptions also provide insightful historical background on the works as well as a narrative depicting the care and restraint that characterized the formation of this small collection, a narrative that also offers a slice of historical  perspective on 20th century collecting of African art:


        In addition to the simple, captivating Baule Anglo Ba, Baga D'mba, Fang Eyema Byeri and two Kota Mbulu Ngulus is also an arresting N'duleri Dogon figure*.  

        *As background to the appreciation of Dogon art and culture, I recommend viewing Luc de Heusch's Sur les traces du renard pale (Tracking the Pale Fox) -- which recounts the ethnographic work of Marcel Griaule, Jean Rouch and Germaine Dieterlen and which includes some of the footage compiled during Rouch's decades of life and filmwork among the Dogon.  Constructed through his and Mme Dieterlen's relationships with Dogon communities and Rouch and Dieterlen's quest -- extended from that begun by Griaule -- to understand and appreciate the richness of Dogon cosmology and traditions, this film is an excellent starting point for exploring the body of film created and knowledge gathered over several decades and amplifies the complexity and richness embedded within material traces of Dogon (and other African) traditions.   

        Lee

      • victor cinti
        Good day, Here is another video that may be of interest to the group--dealing with the Dogon.
        Message 3 of 3 , Jan 15, 2011
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          Good day,
          Fascinating and very cool film
          Thanks for sharing this. 

          Here is another video that may be of interest to the group--dealing with the Dogon.

          http://art.docuwat.ch/videos/the-tribal-eye/the-tribal-eye-01-behind-the-mask/?channel_id=11&skip=0

          Victor Cinti
          Osaka, Japan
          http://www.kuroneko-camera.com/victor_cinti/

          --- On Fri, 1/14/11, Lee Rubinstein <LeeRubinstein@...> wrote:

          From: Lee Rubinstein <LeeRubinstein@...>
          Subject: [African_Arts] Unique collection auction offers glimpse of a unique, selective collector
          To: African_Arts@yahoogroups.com
          Received: Friday, January 14, 2011, 9:02 AM

           

          In conjunction with the December 1, 2010 auction of Isidor Kahane's six (6) African "Masterpieces," Christie's produced a short video highlighting him and these six beautiful, carefully -- and quietly -- gathered works.  Some of the accompanying text descriptions also provide insightful historical background on the works as well as a narrative depicting the care and restraint that characterized the formation of this small collection, a narrative that also offers a slice of historical  perspective on 20th century collecting of African art:


          In addition to the simple, captivating Baule Anglo Ba, Baga D'mba, Fang Eyema Byeri and two Kota Mbulu Ngulus is also an arresting N'duleri Dogon figure*.  

          *As background to the appreciation of Dogon art and culture, I recommend viewing Luc de Heusch's Sur les traces du renard pale (Tracking the Pale Fox) -- which recounts the ethnographic work of Marcel Griaule, Jean Rouch and Germaine Dieterlen and which includes some of the footage compiled during Rouch's decades of life and filmwork among the Dogon.  Constructed through his and Mme Dieterlen's relationships with Dogon communities and Rouch and Dieterlen's quest -- extended from that begun by Griaule -- to understand and appreciate the richness of Dogon cosmology and traditions, this film is an excellent starting point for exploring the body of film created and knowledge gathered over several decades and amplifies the complexity and richness embedded within material traces of Dogon (and other African) traditions.   

          Lee

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