Collections of artwork from Asian and tribal cultures, including pieces from China, Japan, Korea, India, and southern Asia, as well as African, Native American, Bornean, Naga, Oceanic and Sumatran works, will be displayed side-by-side at the Los Angeles Asian & Tribal Art Show, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 29th to October 1st, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica. Tickets are $12 per person.
Collectors and art/museum professionals have attended the Los Angeles Asian and Tribal Art Show for the past 15 years to scout out native cultural styles. The show features about 65 national and international dealers who will display both antique and contemporary pieces in a number of Asian and tribal cultural styles. International dealers are attending from Belgium, France, Germany and Japan.
Rare pieces are often displayed at the Los Angeles Asian & Tribal Art Show before they find their way into museum collections, according to show organizers Caskey & Lees.
GUAN YULIANG — This year’s show will feature the American debut of Chinese artist Guan Yuliang, who was recently named the official artist of the 2008 Olympics, set to take place in Beijing. For the Olympics, Yuliang has been commissioned to create a series of 5,000 solid-gold inscribed and carved books.
Among the Chinese, Yuliang gained prominence and acclaim for his 600-object exhibition at the National Art Museum in Beijing. He will show ten of his newest paintings at a special exhibition within the Los Angeles Asian & Tribal Arts Show. A selection of the works will then become part of the Beijing National Art Museum collection, where close to 600 of his works have previously been shown.
Nicknamed the “Chinese Picasso,” 47-year-old Yuliang began his career during the Cultural Revolution with a portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong. Yuliang mixes abstraction with traditional Chinese painting style and technique.
Currently, Yuliang is a professor at Shenzhen University School of Art. Over the next five years, Yuliang plans to work on a mural project across China where he will “bridge the gap between ancient and modern,” according to Caskey & Lees.
ART LECTURES — Lectures and educational programming on facets of Asian and tribal art will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 30th and October 1st, as part of the exposition.
Saturday’s schedule includes “Tribal Masks and Southeast Asian Sculpture,” a talk by Mark A. Johnson of Mark A. Johnson Asian and Tribal Arts, at 2 p.m.; “Introduction to Chinese Snuff Bottles,” a talk by Clare Chu of Asian Art Studio, at 3 p.m.; and “Discussion of Native American Art and Culture,” with Philip Garaway of Philip Garaway Native Arts, at 4 p.m.
Garaway is a local Native American art aficionado who has operated the Native American Art Gallery in Venice since 1983. Garaway grew up near the Navajo Indian Reserve in Arizona, where both of his parents worked as schoolteachers. At an early age, he established relationships with contemporary weavers and historic trading families on the reserve. Garaway has been dealing in Native American art for the past 31 years and has lectured on the subject at UCLA, the Bowers Museum, the Southwest Museum and a number of grade schools.
Sunday’s program of lectures includes “Chinese Robes and Textiles,” a talk by Jon Eric Riis of Jon Eric Riis Oriental Textiles and Costumes, at 2 p.m.; “Ancient Ceramics: Pit Firing and Terra Cotta Techniques,” a lecture by Ryann Willis of Ryann Willis Ancient Art, at 3 p.m.; and “Central Asian Textiles: Suzani, Ikat and Lakai,” a talk by Casey Waller of Caravanserai Gallery, at 4 p.m.
In addition to the regular weekend show hours, an opening night preview and auction, to benefit the Fowler Museum of Cultural History is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, September 28th, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Tickets to the preview are $60. The preview will be the first opportunity to view the collection of Yuliang works.
Preview reservations, (323) 937-5488.
Show information, (310) 458-8551.