Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.
Paul Klee

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Located at 34 rue Mazarine, in the heart of the premier art district in Paris, the Olivier Castellano Gallery offers tribal art sculptures from ancient collections and rigorously selected for both their age and their plastic qualities.

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Figure

Dogon Soninke, Mali
39 cm
Ancient French collection.
Publication:
Arts anciens du Mali Galerie Renaud Vanuxem, 2007 page 115.

Lukwakongo small mask

Lega, Democratic Republic of the Congo
18 cm
Collection of a Belgian doctor who went to Congo in the 50-60s’
Galerie Bernard Dulon, Paris.

Bird figure

Lobi, Burkina Faso
62 cm
Collected by Franz Burkard
Collection Thomas G.B. Wheelock, New York
Collection Patrick Girard, Lyon

 

Exhibitions:
Museum Rietberg, Zürich, Kunst und Religion der Lobi, 1981
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Art and Oracle, African Art and Rituals of
Divination, 25 avril – 30 juillet 2000

 

Publications:
Meyer, Kunst und Religion der Lobi, 1981 : 116, n° 141
LaGamma, Art and Oracle, African Art and Rituals of Divination, 2000 : 77
Roy & Wheelock, Land of Flying Masks, 2007, n° 214

Gallery

Like Werner Schmalenbach said, the essence of art is found when shape meets expression as one cannot exist without the other. Tribal Art adds to these two necessary qualities a third one; the signs of ritual usage marked deeply in the materials, a patina that gives tribal sculptures such a particular soul. It is the meeting of these three qualities that make a great tribal art item.