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Asmat Art - part 2

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 4 June 2012 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

I am in Alex's shop in Agats - where collectors can buy some fine examples of local artifacts. Prices (in US dollars), I thought, were reasonable. However, shipping out larger items would be costly.

With its abstract and geometric designs, Asmat art proved to be an exciting discovery for artists in the modernist and surrealist movements. In galleries and museums, Asmat art is on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; and in European venues such as this Asmat art gallery in Berlin.

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CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Any idea what he is eating/drinking from?

4 Jun 2012 6:16am

@CElliottUK: Not sure, Chris. The symbolism in these works can be obscure to our eyes!

JMS* from CHONBURI, Thailand

A armes égales ?
Le tourisme gagne du terrain sur tous les continents et toutes les civilisations.

4 Jun 2012 6:33am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

good shot

4 Jun 2012 7:17am

tataray from france, France

Sculptures étranges !... ))
Mais bien faite cette image.

4 Jun 2012 7:25am

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

Good shot. Very interesting sculpture!

4 Jun 2012 7:35am

Sterre from Utrecht, Netherlands

Great art work and veri impressive.
Nice picture.

4 Jun 2012 7:36am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Superb work

4 Jun 2012 7:46am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Very beautiful these sculptures, magnificent art. Good day.

4 Jun 2012 8:29am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Funny shhilot ! A nice face to face , P

4 Jun 2012 9:05am

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Beautiful sculptures....though I am not sure about the ones with the red eyes :)
Also wonder if they are all unique,and not mass products..though it doesnt look like it.
Beautiful shot !

4 Jun 2012 9:24am

@Thea: Thanks, Thea. Yes, from what I saw, all unique.

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

quelle compo de cette oeuvre d'art et le personnage quei photographie sueprbe cadrage.
belle journée

4 Jun 2012 9:32am

arvin from sari, Iran

So amazing

4 Jun 2012 10:48am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I like the choice for the low angle here... So well done ! Have a lovely day :)

4 Jun 2012 10:49am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Nice shot Stephen. A lot of tourist here !

4 Jun 2012 10:55am

@Marie LC: Merci, Marie. Yes, with our tour group, it was a big day for the shop and unusual for the time of year. There is an Asmat festival in Agats in October each year. But very few visits at other times.

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

a shop where i would have pleasure to nose about... :-) i like very much this primitive art, i have many african masks at home.

4 Jun 2012 10:57am

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

Very interesting to view and learn about different people, their culture and art.

Thank you Stephen, for taking us with you step by step in this wonderful tour

4 Jun 2012 11:04am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Great shot and details here, Stephen . . . I would really love to know what goes on in the artist's head when they create these unique pieces. Well done!

4 Jun 2012 11:05am

Thierry Pouleur from anseremme, Belgium


4 Jun 2012 11:11am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

This is perfectly framed up, with so many wonderful details in one shot. These are fascinating works of art, and I am intrigued by that duo sculpture in the background.

4 Jun 2012 11:18am

@Rick: Thanks, Rick. Yes, I regret now that I didn't get more shots of the red eyed duo.

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Very intresting.

4 Jun 2012 11:44am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I really like the angles you have captured these images from. You have captured wonderful detail and awakened my curiosity.

4 Jun 2012 11:51am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Great shot, love the guy with the camera who looks scared to approach closer.

4 Jun 2012 12:17pm

@Curly: Thanks, Curly. Although the cap shades his eyes, it seems to emphasize the red eyes of the carved figures!

London Caller from United Kingdom

He got some interesting nose and ear piercings.
Did you seen anything similar to those on the tribe?

4 Jun 2012 12:53pm

Benkirane Thami from Fès, Morocco

Ces sculptures révèlent l'art de ces sculpteurs qui ne font pas de tapage médiatique et qui n'entreront probablement jamais au panthéon des artistes patentés !
Bon début de semaine lumineuse!

4 Jun 2012 12:54pm

mary from zanjan, Iran

very interesting shot

4 Jun 2012 12:56pm

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

Great ! I love how you framed this image with people visiting this room with all these things !

4 Jun 2012 1:01pm

@Mariana M.: Thanks, Mariana. Yes, as well as shots of the art, I was looking to capture the interaction of visitors with the art works.

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Très belle composition!!

4 Jun 2012 1:16pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Wonderful capture of these beautiful artworks.

4 Jun 2012 1:22pm

Z from Shanghai, China

Ha...this is a funny scene..the carving looks like alive !!:)

4 Jun 2012 2:02pm

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Great angle shot.

4 Jun 2012 3:32pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

I like the location, the objects and your perfect image

4 Jun 2012 4:34pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Schöner Skulpturenladen. Gut mit dem Fotografen.

4 Jun 2012 4:34pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A great PoV and I love the dark, rich colors in the artwork throughout.

4 Jun 2012 5:06pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Very interesting figures and statues in this artifacts shop !!! Beautiful photo ...

4 Jun 2012 6:00pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A super image of the art and the shoppers. These pieces are quite big.

4 Jun 2012 6:21pm

Lewis from Ljouwert, Netherlands

I like to see this in a museum one day! Thanks for the info

4 Jun 2012 6:33pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Wonderful detail in these carvings Stephen! I can understand why they have such a universal appeal! ;-)

4 Jun 2012 6:33pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

In these places is a delight to observe the work of local artisans ... your works are wonderful ... You made a good buy? A hug, Adela

4 Jun 2012 7:04pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautiful art pieces and great candid capture of the people browsing; I love all the wood/timber that this shop is constructed of!

4 Jun 2012 7:07pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Always so much to see and photograph on these trips:)

4 Jun 2012 8:05pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

I'd like something of that nature, but somehow I don't think it'd fit in my suitcase :0

4 Jun 2012 10:17pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wow! So very interesting! I like the sculptures. Do you know what kind of wood is used?

5 Jun 2012 1:01am

@Elaine Hancock: Thanks, Elaine. The wood carvers use local hardwood, such as the mangrove tree.

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