Michael Hamson Oceanic Art
When I asked Michael about the fair his answer was: "It was a very good show for me. I really tried hard this year to go after pieces never on the market and succeeded in finding a few great things— like the Marquesas figure collected in 1833/34 by American missionaries. Then I found a great Lower Sepik figure from a gentlemen in the UK whose grandfather was a surgeon on a ship to New Guinea in 1909. Then from one of my ads in the NY Times I found a superb small Maori head that I traced back to Oldman buying in 1909, etc.
I sold 35 pieces in total but just over half were pre-sold leading up to the exhibition. As usual I produce the catalog and once I have the PDF version of it a few weeks before the show I send it out to my best clients to give them the first shot. Sure this leads to some disappointed people walking in the gallery but my loyalty is to my existing clients who do business with me year in and year out.
Overall I think the attendance was good, on par with the last few years. I thought there was good energy and a fair amount of excitement—partly because of my Marquesas figure. I did business with not only my normal clients but nine new ones—so that is a good sign. I didn’t get around to too many other galleries—maybe seven or eight—but I thought the level of quality was high as always. So all in all I think the Parcours showed there is still strength, enthusiasm and interest in the oceanic art market."
(Galerie Serge Schoffel) Orisha Yoruba Exhibit
Finch & Co.
Dimondstein Tribal Arts
Chris Boylan- Sydney
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