A three-day exhibition and sale of rare and ancient Asian and tribal artifacts and antiques, as well as contemporary art, is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 1st to 3rd, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica.
Tickets are $10 per day.
A preview night show, to benefit the Southern Asian Arts Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, September 30th.
Tickets to the benefit preview night are $50.
About 65 dealers and representatives of galleries will gather at the exhibition to display and sell historic ethnic artworks, including African and Oceanic sculpture and masks; Central and South American figurines, pottery and folk art; Mexican paintings and ceramics; Spanish Colonial art; Chinese bronzes, pottery, costumes and ritual pieces; Japanese masks, dolls, chests, bronze work, basketry and incense burners; Native American pottery, blankets, beadwork and basketry; Middle Eastern jewelry; Himalayan textiles and jewelry; Indian jewelry and weaving; and Indonesian textiles, masks and sculpture.
The show brings together Asian art with the artistry of tribal societies.
Examples of items expected at the show are a Pre-Columbian silver necklace from the 9th century, a Chinese opium pipe from the 19th century, an 18th century Japanese warrior doll and woven blankets from a mountainous village in Laos.
Ethnographic material from the Naga tribes along the Indian/Myanmar (Burma) border area will be among the items on display by Mark A. Johnson at the show.
Nagaland has been restricted from outside travel for most of the 20th century, as the British Colonial Administration and the Indian government deemed the fierce headhunters of the Naga tribe too difficult to control. Only recently has travel by Westerners to the Naga areas on the Myanmar side increased.
The Naga headhunting tradition and the rituals associated with it has only recently waned. Thus, some of the large panel carvings from ceremonial houses and smaller tools and pieces created by the warriors for use in ceremony are from the 20th century.
Some carvings that will be on display at the show depict dramatic scenes from headhunting expeditions and of the practice of “buffalo worship.”
Zen paintings and calligraphy from the John Stevens Collection at the Robyn Buntin Galleries in Honolulu will also be on display. Stevens, a professor of Buddhist studies at universities in Japan and Hawaii, has been collecting Zen art for more than 20 years. The Japanese works from this collection balance aesthetics and legend with craftsmanship.
Zen items featured at the show will include netsuke, Buddhist sculpture, Japanese woodblock prints and examples of Zen Buddhist calligraphy and paintings.
Information, (310) 455-2886.