A favorite among art experts and collectors worldwide, the 18th edition of the Los Angeles Asian & Tribal Art Show took place last weekend at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Over 60 domestic and international art dealers and galleries, specializing in antique and contemporary Asian and Tribal Art exhibited their collections, giving visitors the opportunity to purchase authentic items from some of the world’s remotest areas.
With the aisles crammed with thousands of artifacts, an outstanding piece included a 19th Century Japanese “Bunraku Puppet of a Monkey” about which dealer Alan Scott Pate said, “Within the Japanese culture, some of the greatest literature and writings were created for puppet performances. This specific image is that of a monkey performing a New Year’s dance called ‘Sambaso’ which was performed door to door-to-chase away evil and to welcome in the New Year.” The asking price was $19,800.
Two other interesting pieces came from Nigeria and were represented by Sambou Sissoko. One is an early 20th Century “Epa Ceremonial Mask” from Nigeria ($15,000). Mr. Sissoko explained, “These are used by chiefs during a ceremony to protect children, while the ‘Waka Mask’ from the Democratic Republic of the Congo is used in manhood initiation ceremonies and sells for $5,800.”
The opening night preview, sponsored by Art + Living Magazine, the Cheese Impresario, and Bossa Nova restaurant, was a benefit for UCLA’s Fowler Textile Council, and the festive reception included live music, wine, savory munchies, and a silent auction.
With literally thousands of art objects from which to choose, this annual show, considered one of the West’s leading vetted art shows, is one not to be missed for the serious collector or just plain art lover.
For more information: Agnes Gomes-Koizumi, 323.937.5488.