Parcours des mondes 2015, Paris
Jonathan Hope, cotton textile, Coromandel Coast, India, 18th century. Cotton, mordant painting, resist dyeing, 328 cm x 132 cm © Jonathan Hope, photo PJ Gates
Parcours des mondes 2015 is currently underway, running 8 – 15 September in the heart of Paris. This is the 14th edition of the fair, which sees fifty of the world’s most important dealers of Asian and tribal art exhibiting in their colleagues’ permanent galleries in the Beaux-Arts district of Saint-Germain-de-Pres.
Altogether 84 specialist galleries are represented, with a new policy of featuring art from all continents greatly broadening the artistic scope. Pierre Moos, the event’s director said: “Opening the show to Asian art represents a natural evolution for us, and a response to a growing interest on the part of collectors, and of dealers, who are organizing more and more exhibitions focused on Asia, Nepal, Tibet and Indonesia.”
Alexis Renard, Kali, Mandi, India, 1700-1720,.Pigments on paper, 21 x 17 cm © Alexis Renard, photo Antoine Mercier
Around thirty thematic exhibitions are presented. One that specifically relates to weaving is ‘Heddle pulleys from the African continent’ by Dimondstein Tribal Arts, Los Angeles at 19, rue Mazarine. ‘Classical Dayak Art of Borneo’ by Thomas Murray at 3, rue des Beaux-Arts includes textiles alongside sculptures ranging from small charms to giant guardian figures, and Mehmet Hassan Asian Art presents a special 25th anniversary show ‘Art from the Himalayas and China’ at Galerie Anne + Just Jaeckin, 19, rue Guénégaud. Other exhibitors making an appearance are Jonathon Hope, Alexis Renard, Galerie Mingei and Kapil Jariwala.
Mehmet Hassan Asian Art, Liao Dynasty silk embroidery on blue gauze of Lion Dogs, 10th century, China Inner Mongolia Region
Mehmet Hassan Asian Art, Felt bag, Central Asia Uighur Culture, 12th-13th century, Felt appliqué over a cotton tabby, Size: 40cm x 33cm x19cm
Kapil Jariwala, Pichhvai: a representation of Sarat Purnama, Nathdwara, Rajasthan, India, C. 1840, Pigment and gold on fabric, 190 x 149 cm © Kapil Jariwala
Thomas Murray • Asiatica – Ethnographica, Hampatong guardian figure, Modang – Bahau Dayak, Eastern Borneo, 1036-1164, Wood, H. : 118 cm © Thomas Murray • Asiatica – Ethnographica, photo Don Tuttle
Entwistle, Agiba skull rack, Kerewa, Goaribari Island, Gulf province, Papua New Guinea. Wood, clay and pigments, H: 94,6 cm © Entwistle, photo Ed Parrinello – Squaremoose
Galerie Franck Marcelin, Gope board, Kinomere village, Purari River delta, Papuan Gulf, Papua New Guinea, early 20th century. Wood with ochre pigment highlights and traces of lime, H: 121 cm © Galerie Franck Marcelin, photo Christophe Duranti
Michael Evans Tribal Art, Josef Reiss, Portrait of a man in New Britain, New Britain, Melanesia, 1918, Original photographic print, 15,7 x 11,6 cm © Michael Evans Tribal Art
African art, Art from the Pacific, Asian art, Fairs, Pacific islands, Tribal art