It's All Spiritual

Art from Tribal Cultures

June 6 - July 27, 2007

KONO SOCIETY MASK, BAMANA PEOPLE,

SIKASSO REGION MALI, AFRICA, 20th century

Wood with sacrificial patina

14 ½ x 6 ½ x 6 ½ in./ 37 x 17 x 17 cm

TRB12024                                        

LOWER SEPIK SPIRIT MASK, PAPUAN NEW GUINEA,

MELANESIA, COASTAL REGION, ca. 19th - 20th cent.

Wood with black patina with traces of pigments

16 1/2 in./42 cm

TRB12025                                                               

OJIBWA/ METIS COAT, ca. 1780

hide, porcupine quills, bird quills

46 in./117 cm

TRB12040                      

LINTEL FRAGMENT FOR GRANARY OR DWELLING, BATAK PEOPLE, TOBA TRIBE, N. SUMATRA,

INDONESIA.  (TWO PARTS),

TRB12106                                 

NAVAJO STRIPED BLANKET, ca. 1860

White and brown are undyed native handspun;

the blue is native handspun dyed with indigo.

75 1/2 x 63 inches

191.77 x 160.02 cm

TRB12096                                         

FOUR MILE POLYCHROME

BOWL WITH DESIGNS OF

HUMAN HANDS, ARIZONA,

ca. 1350

11 in./28cm diameter

5 ½ in./14cm height

TRB12128               

Press Release

IT’S ALL SPIRITUAL

Art from Tribal Cultures

Dates: June 7, 2007 – July 27, 2007

Opening Reception:  Thursday, June 7, 6 – 8 pm

Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm

The title of the show “It’s All Spiritual” reflects the belief that all great art - to some degree or another - has a spiritual component and that nowhere is this seen better than in the tribal arts from remote cultures throughout the world. Here the spiritual and functional collide and the result is a formal beauty which can be appreciated universally.

 

On June 7th through July 27th, Betty Cuningham Gallery will host an exhibition of Tribal Art curated by Alan Steele in the gallery on West 25th Street in Chelsea, New York.

The objects come from a variety of regions and cultures including Native American, Meso American, Melanesian, Polynesian, Indonesian, African and Chinese.  Each piece has been selected by Alan Steele for its unique qualities including rarity, age, intrinsic beauty and relevance to contemporary art. The pieces have been gathered from many important private and public collections. 

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