Journey from Ancient Greece to 19th century Africa with sculptures from the collection of Howard and Saretta Barnet. Together, these pieces form a compelling vision of beauty from disparate cultures across centuries and continents. Examples include a Roman bronze figure of Heracles, a Tahitian figure from a flywisk, and an iconic ancestral Fang statue from the Master of Ntem. The Shape of Beauty: Sculpture from the Collection of Howard and Saretta Barnet will be offered on 14 May.
Art and design have always operated hand in hand. Rooted within design is the idea of functionality, an idea that corresponds with the ritual or ceremonial utility of art from Africa, Oceania and the Americas. When placed together, these two differing disciplines emphasise each other’s aesthetic qualities and create a dialogue. In the recent highlights exhibition in Paris, we saw the power of combining these extraordinary non-Western forms with exquisite design, ancient sculpture and striking contemporary works. The exhibition displayed highlights from the upcoming sales of African and Oceanic Art, including sculpture from the Collection of Howard and Saretta Barnet (New York, 14 May), our annual auction Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (New York, 14 May) and Arts d’Afrique et d’Oceanie in Paris (Paris, 13 June) Also on display were highlights from Art Contemporain (Paris, 6 June) and the upcoming Design sale (Paris, 3 May).