The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Sunday, February 1, 2015


Outrage over new sale of sacred Hopi tribal objects by Alain Leroy of auctioneers EVE
Bo Lomahquahu, France's sole native American Hopi descendant poses in front of the Drouot auction house on April 12, 2013 in Paris, during the controversial auction of some 70 ceremonial sacred masks originating from the Hopi tribe of Arizona, only a few hours after a court allowed the sale despite opponents saying it amounted to "sacrilege". AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK.
LONDON (AFP).- Activists vowed Thursday to block the proposed sale of sacred objects originating from Arizona's Hopi tribe at a Paris auction, just months after a similar controversy stoked outrage.

Tribal people's advocacy group Survival International said it would go to court in the French capital on Tuesday in an attempt to halt the sale of around 25 objects, known as katsinam, revered by the Hopi tribe.

The looming court battle is a replay of the legal saga that erupted in April when French firm Neret-Minet Tessier & Sarrou ignored internationals appeals to halt the sale of some 70 katsinam that eventually fetched around 930,000 euros ($1.3 million).

The latest sale is being conducted over two days by Alain Leroy of auctioneers EVE on December 9 and 11, despite please from the Hopi's religious authorities not to go ahead.

"It's a matter of enormous regret that another auction house seems prepared to defy public opinion and the feelings of the Hopi, who are these objects' rightful owners," Survival International director Stephen Corry said in a statement.

"The previous auction generated such a torrent of unwelcome publicity for the auctioneers that you might have thought anyone would think twice before doing the same thing again -- but clearly the large sums of money to be made from this immoral trade are too tempting.

"I hope the Paris courts will this time block the sale -- none of these objects should be sold."

Lawyer Pierre Servan-Schreiber, who led an unsuccessful bid to halt the previous sale in April, will head London-based Survival and the Hopi's latest courtroom battle.

Servan-Schreiber bought one of the katsinam sold at the April auction and later returned it to the Hopi.

The last auction was decried by activists, including Hollywood legend Robert Redford, who described it as a "criminal gesture" and "sacrilege."

The sale involved dozens of striking, brightly colored mask-like kachina visages and headdresses that the 18,000-strong Hopi say are blessed with divine spirits.

The challenge for the Hopi is that while the sale of sacred Indian artifacts has been outlawed in the United States since 1990 -- legislation that has allowed the tribe to recover items held by American museums in the past -- the law does not extend to sales overseas.



© 1994-2013 Agence France-Presse





Today's News

November 29, 2013

Sotheby's presents a masterpiece by Dutch artist Rembrandt at Beijing Art Week

Works by Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne posted on Nazi-looted art website www.lostart.de

Nikolai Roerich's mountain tops Bonhams 5.9 million Russian Sale in London

Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi's assistants defrauded $1.1 million court hears

Marc Newson's first exhibition in the U.S. opens at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Le Baiser (The Kiss) by Auguste Rodin brings $485,000 to lead $1.9+ million in European Art at Heritage Auctions

Outrage over new sale of sacred Hopi tribal objects by Alain Leroy of auctioneers EVE

S/2 London presents "A New Objectivity: The Dusseldorf School of Photography"

Sotheby's Milan announces best Modern & Contemporary Art Evening Sale result since 2008

"Jake and Dinos Chapman: Come and See" opens at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Last curtain call for Nijinsky: Total for Chiparus' dancers nears £1 million at Bonhams

Frank Stella's Eskimo Curlew (3X) realizes $317,000 in Contemporary and Modern Art Auction at Heritage

Rosemarie Trockel receives 2014 Roswitha Haftmann Prize; Special prize for Robert Frank

Selected works from the collection of Juan Sandoval on view at El Paso Museum of Art

Furniture from Johnnie Walker heir races to auction

Sioux Boy's pictorial beaded shirt realizes $75,000 in American Indian & Pre-Columbian Art Auction

LAPADA Gift Vouchers are the imaginative alternative to conventional gifts

National Portrait Gallery unveils new portrait of Baroness Helena Kennedy

Lithuanian 'Banksy' a hit in anti-graffiti Singapore

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Egypt conservationists to sue over 'botched' Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun mask repair

2.- Scrolls scorched by Vesuvius may be read again thanks to 21st century technology

3.- Italian government seizes more than 5,000 looted antiquities in record 45-million-euro haul

4.- Remains of at least five people found in Alexander the Great-era tomb in Amphipolis

5.- Munich poised to lift ban on Holocaust memorial project known as Stolpersteine

6.- Rare coin records smashed by Heritage Auctions at Florida United Numismatists Convention

7.- Bonhams to offer Alan Turing's hidden manuscript on the foundations of mathematics and computer science

8.- Jane Wilson, painter of luminous landscapes, dies at the age of 90 in New York

9.- First exhibition in the UK to examine Rubens’ influence on art history opens in London

10.- Paul Simonon presents a series of new paintings at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site