On this page you will find links in the members section to the pdf’s press results comments about the past auctions at Christies related to african and oceanic art and contact informations. At this moment these auctions take place at Christies Paris.
Inside you’ll also find a link to a conversation with Peter Tillou a rare hybrid of dealer and collector. (image on the right) : “…My advice is, to the extent that you have financial ability, buy something that has quality, and buy it on the basis of love and genuine interest, rather than shopping for a mediocre thing that has a big name…”
What was the last exhibition you saw?
Whenever I am in Paris, like now, I make two pilgrimages. One to the Pavillon des Sessions, where the African and Oceanic Art (along with other ‘arts premiers’) are on view at the Louvre.The other is to the Musée du Quai Branly, the new museum created by President Jacques Chirac and dedicated to these fields. I always leave feeling very philosophical, asking myself Gauguin’s question: D’où venons-nous? / Qui sommes-nous? / Où allons-nous? (Where do we come from? / Who are we? / Where are we going?) Just before coming to Paris, I saw Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC which explores the intersection between photography and African art. I loved it!…
4 December 2008Commentaires: «La qualité, la provenance et la rareté des objets proposés ont permis d’attirer les collectionneurs du monde entier qui se sont montrés particulièrement actifs dans la salle mais aussi au téléphone et sur Internet. Avec 80% en valeur et 85.5% des lots vendus, les résultats obtenus sont le reflet d’un marché stable et vigoureux. La section dédiée à l’Art Océanien, enrichie de la collection Gilbert Manley a rencontré un vif succès à l’image lot 93 qui a trouvé preneur à €343.000, établissant un nouveau record du monde pour un masque du Détroit de Torres vendu aux enchères.» a déclaré Tim Teuten, directeur du departement
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- Interview 13 January 2010
My advice is, to the extent that you have financial ability, buy something that has quality, and buy it on the basis of love and genuine interest, rather than shopping for a mediocre thing that has a big name. I’m a great believer in that. Personally, I also like an element of mystery—something that motivates me to learn more about a work of art. (read more)
The Interview with Susan Kloman, International Head of the African and Oceanic Art Department
African and Oceanic Art Department, Paris 23 November 2009
Article found at The Interview with Susan Kloman, International Head of the African and Oceanic Art Department
What has been the most exciting moment of your career?
My most exciting moment so far was the discovery on an unknown work by a famous artist. I was involved in every step from seeing the first photo and having an inkling that it was something great, to doing the research and confirming this fact.When it came to auction this sculpture achieved five times its estimate, ultimately ending up in the Dallas Museum where it can still be visited and enjoyed.The vendor had no idea that it was so rare, and she almost sold it in a car boot sale. She was overjoyed with the outcome.
African Art often revolves around spiritual beliefs and tribal rituals. Which is your favourite?
The Baule people believe that each person has a spiritual spouse.They commission their ‘dream spouse’ from a diviner, a healer, and spend one night a week appeasing this ‘other half ’ to affect circumstances in the ‘real’ world. My husband is wonderful, but it would be fun to have a dream spouse as well, who only requires a little attention from time to time!
What attracts you most to African Art, its cultural context or pure aesthetic beauty?
Well, this duality is precisely what I love about African art. One can choose to have a strictly formal, aesthetic appreciation of the works. But there is also so much to learn and explore about ritual and function. The Bamana male antelope headdress is a classic example of African artistic genius where form and function are distilled into one (Lot 2). Amongst the Bamana people of Mali, this is the top of a headdress that would have been danced side-by-side with a female counterpart (see Lot 1 for a female example).They are called ‘Chi Wara’ after the mythological hero that gave the first humans agrarian know-how, and so the headdresses are danced during various harvest ceremonies.
Where have you seen African art work best in the modern context?
The recent show at the Beyeler Foundation in Basel,Visual Encounters, was amazing. So many top examples shown together in aesthetic harmony with incredible paintings. Of course, the Menil collection in Houston also affords one a similar experience.It’s breathtaking and they always have special works on view.
Which African Art form do you think represents you and your tastes the best?
I am all over the place; that is why I appreciate the current collection we are offering in December.There are so many wonderful facets of African art represented. In particular, I adore the Bangwa Royal Male figure (see page 7 top lots gallery). It just has such an immediate impact; I stop in my tracks every time I see it.The carver was truly masterful in his creation of movement and vitality, you don’t often encounter that.
What was the last exhibition you saw?
Whenever I am in Paris, like now, I make two pilgrimages. One to the Pavillon des Sessions, where the African and Oceanic Art (along with other ‘arts premiers’) are on view at the Louvre.The other is to the Musée du Quai Branly, the new museum created by President Jacques Chirac and dedicated to these fields. I always leave feeling very philosophical, asking myself Gauguin’s question: D’où venons-nous? / Qui sommes-nous? / Où allons-nous? (Where do we come from? / Who are we? / Where are we going?) Just before coming to Paris, I saw Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC which explores the intersection between photography and African art. I loved it!
International Specialist Head
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Susan Kloman developed her passion for African and Oceanic art while obtaining her Master of Arts degree in Art History. She was compelled by the important historical connection of these works to the development of Modern and Contemporary art. As International Specialist Head for Christie’s African & Oceanic Art department, based in New York, she is responsible for overseeing sales in Paris and New York. Prior to joining Christie’s, Susan was the Department Head of African and Oceanic Art at another major auction house and later an independent consultant in the field. Susan has been instrumental in bringing some of the most high-profile collections of African and Oceanic art in recent years to auction and has provided expertise and appraisals for many important private and institutional collections.
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Tim Teuten, a Christie’s veteran for over twenty years, joined Christie’s in London in 1981. After discovering the Sainsbury collection exhibited at the University of East Anglia where he graduated in history of art, he had developed a passion for Tribal Arts. In 1985, he joined this department at Christie’s and embarked on a career that led him to New York, where he became department head, and then to Amsterdam, where he launched the first Tribal Arts sales. In January 2003, he moved to Christie’s Paris.
Throughout his tenure with the firm, Tim Teuten has achieved an impressive list of successes, including the sale of a Benin bronze head, which sold for €2,043,475 (London, July 1989) and established the world record for an African artwork. Under his leadership, the department of African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art in Paris has already been able to strengthen the market in this particular category. The collection of jewellery and African ornaments of Madame Nelly Van den Abbeele fetched €2,519,214 (Paris, June 2003). It realised numerous records including for an extremely rare Hawaiian feather necklace that sold for €41,125.
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