Oceanic Art

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Here is object #1 from my catalog PRE-CONTACT for the Parcours des Mondes show in Paris that I am doing in absentia. Boiken Ancestral Spirit Figure, New Guinea One of the most salient characteristics of a pre-contact New Guinea sculpture is the absence of straight lines. Maybe it is the sharpness of a metal blade that produces or enables the crisp and exact edges. Or maybe it is less about the mechanics of the tool and something more philosophical about the nature of that reality that makes straight edges incongruous. Small figures such as this were used either as portable charms or as shrine objects with an individual history and specific sphere of influence—such as aiding in the hunting of wallaby. The glossy, worn and aged brown patina attests to a long, successful ritual life. There is a cherished feel to the sculpture. Small enough to fit nicely in the hand, its composition encourages handling. The emaciated torso with sucked-in stomach and curved back is mirrored by the thin arms reaching forward to grip the tip of the long, beaked nose. The domed head is fitted snugly right into the shoulders. The opposed arcs of body, limbs and nose create a strong and stable structure that belies its apparent frailty. The spirit present here does not convey a sense of power but of age, wisdom, familiarity, even intimacy. . . . . . . #oceanicart #newguineaart #artoceanien #parcoursdesmondes #artspremiers #masterpiece #primitivism #archdigest #surrealism #artconsultant #artadvisor #livingwithart #patina #artcollector #artcatalogue #connoisseur #modernism #midcentury #interiordesign #luxurydesign #artandculture #artresearch #theexquisite #psychedelic #coveted #artresearch #polynesianart #andrebreton #contemporaryart #losangelesartgallery

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