ART IN MOTION
fi gure. Lobi; Burkina
Wood. H: 48 cm.
Ex private collection, France.
Galerie Pablo Touchaleaume.
RIGHT: Judy Watson
Mina Mina Jukurrpa, 2008.
Acrylic on canvas. 152 x 240 cm.
BELOW RIGHT: Dorothy
Acrylic on canvas. 153 x 122 cm.
© Dorothy Napangardi,
Galerie Arts d’Australie.
The 31st Biennale
PARIS—This year, the Grand Palais will once again
be the venue for the Paris Biennale. It will be somewhat
shorter this time around, being open for only
fi ve days from September 13–17, 2019. Hopefully,
this change will be a boon to the show’s commercial
dynamics, since it should encourage a greater number
of dealers to participate. The art fair calendar at this
time of year is crowded with international events and
the longer commitment of previous years meant that
many worthy dealers could not participate.
The new dates are accompanied by other debuts.
Australian Aboriginal art will be featured in the display
of Nicolas Andrin’s Aborigène Galerie as well as that
of Galerie Arts d’Australie, which, under the direction
of Stéphane Jacob, will show a group of large-format
acrylic paintings. Another new participant will be
young dealer Pablo Touchaleaume of Paris. He will
show fi ne old works from fi ve continents that attest
to his eclectic taste. Within this, the arts of Africa
will be represented, most notably by a Kota reliquary
guardian fi gure formerly in the Arman Collection and
by a fi ne Lobi fi gure from Burkina Faso. Lastly, wellknown
dealers Laurent Dodier and Anthony Meyer
have announced that they will present
together at the Biennale. Their booth will
include a curiosity cabinet display of some
eighty high-quality pieces from both galleries,
and each dealer will also have an individual
space for a separate exhibition. For
Dodier, it will be an homage to Laurent de
Kermadec, a talented painter at the intersection
of the fi gurative and the abstract,
whose taste for tribal art led him to participate
in the 1967 Musée de l’Homme
exhibition Art primitifs dans les ateliers
d’artistes (Primitive Art in Artists’ Ateliers)
show with the loan of a Baule statuette
formerly in his collection. In commemoration of this
event, and one hundred and twenty years after the
artist’s death, Dodier will present eight Baule sculptures
from Côte d’Ivoire alongside eight canvases by
de Kermadec. Meyer will display a selection of fi ne
Eskimo and Oceanic works, his own particular specialization.
LEFT: Nym Bunduk (1900–1974)
Natural pigments on bark.
RIGHT: Standing female fi gure, blolo
bla. Baule; Côte d’Ivoire.
Early 20th century.
Wood. H: 49.5 cm.
Ex private collection, Rennes, France.
Galerie Dodier. Photo: Michel Gurfi nkel.