There are three great tribal and ethnographic art shows in the world. Luckily for Northern Californians, San Francisco is one of them.
This week, from Thursday, Feb. 11, to Sunday Feb. 14 the annual San Francisco Tribal and Textile Arts show will open at Fort Mason in the festival pavilion.
The show is presented annually by Caskey Lees Antique and Fine Art Shows. The San Francisco show is one of the world’s most important exhibitions and sales of tribal, ethnographic art, oriental rugs and textiles and jewelry and sculpture. Don’t miss it.
For those who are aficionados of the show, this week brings more than 100 top international art dealers from around the world to sell art and artifacts from the Oceanic Islands, Polynesia, the Middle East, Central and South America and Indonesia.
If you have never been before and haven’t experienced the show, it’s a one-a-year opportunity to learn and purchase museum-quality artworks from some of the nicest and most knowledgeable dealers around. There is everything from jewelry to textiles and rugs to small and even monumentally-sized sculpture from Africa, Asia, New Guinea and the four corners of the world.
The exhibitors include the world renowned Oceanic art dealers Wayne Heathcote (galleries in London and Brussels) and Michael Hamson (galleries in Los Angeles and San Francisco’s Mint Plaza); top Oceanic dealers Chris Boylan (Sydney) and Lewis Wara (Seattle); top Indonesian art dealers Bruce Frank (New York), Thomas Murray (San Francisco); top primitive art dealers Kevin Conru (Brussels), Joel Cooner (Dallas), Ernie Wolfe (Los Angeles), Serge Schoffel (Brussels), Yann Ferrandin (Paris), Galarie Flak (Paris), John and Rita Giltsoff (Spain), Patrick and Ondine Mestdagh (Brussels), Pace Primitive (New York), Joaquin Pecci, (Brussels), Renaud Vanuxem (Paris), TAD Tribal Art (Santa Fe), Louis Nierijnck (Amsterdam), Erik Farrow (Marin County), Mark Johnson (Los Angeles), Joshua Dimondstein (Los Angeles), and Michael Auliso, owner of the newly opened Tribalmania Gallery in Half Moon Bay, Calif.
Also exhibiting are renowned Himalayan art dealers Robert Brundage (San Francisco), Gallery Dalton-Somare (Milano), John Ruddy (Santa Fe), Vicki Shiba (Marin County) and Singkiang (New York).
Top textile, Spanish Colonial and Jewelry dealers exhibiting and selling include: Jewels (Santa Fe and Marrakesh), Robert Morris (Santa Fe), Wenhua Liu (China), Marcuson & Hall (Brussels), Galerie Arabesque and Michael Craycraft (Stuttgart), Mehmet Cetinkaya Gallery (Turkey), and, of course, the queen of the textile arts world in California (and former textile curator at the De Young Museum), dealer and collector Cathryn Cootner; and, the dean of Bay Area tribal art dealers, Jim Willis.
Important top Bay Area dealers and members of SFTribal.Com, the association of northern California tribal and textile dealers, will have a strong presence at the show with many of their members presenting galleries.
These are but a few of the top dealers coming to San Francisco this week. If you miss this show, your only other opportunities are in June in Brussels at the Brussels Non European Art Fair and in September in Paris at Parcours des Mondes. So, if you want have a great time and see and hold great art without having to travel the world, this week’s San Francisco Tribal and Textile Art show shouldn’t be missed.
The Tribal & Textile Show will be held Feb. 11-14. (Thursday Feb. 11 is opening night and special tickets can be purchased at the door of festival pavilion, Fort Mason).
Show hours on Friday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 13 are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14.
Valet parking will be available in front of the Festival Pavilion and public parking within the Fort Mason complex will also be available.
Admission to the show is $15 and includes an illustrated colour catalogue.
To learn more about the show, visit: caskeylees.com/SF_Tribal/SF_Tribal.html
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