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John Buxton

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John Buxton has been in the antiques and appraisal business for more than 35 years. A graduate of Tulane University, he has traveled extensively throughout Africa, India, Pakistan, Iran, and the Middle East. In 1976 he opened Shango Galleries, dealing in African, pre-Columbian, South Pacific, and American Indian Art. He later created a computer database for the appraisal, research, evaluation, and authentication of tribal art sold at auction in the United States and Europe and founded and incorporated ArtTrak, Inc., an art services computer network that currently includes Shango Galleries, and Buxton Appraisal, Authentication and Consulting Service (BAACS). He is an accredited member of the ISA (International Society of Appraisers) and Certified Appraiser of Personal Property. Considered the lead appraiser for African, Oceanic, and Pre-Columbian art, Mr. Buxton has been an appraiser with ANTIQUES ROADSHOW since its first season in 1997.

The ArtTrak blog has been created as a discussion forum for the website www.arttrak.com. Periodically ArtTrak also sends out Newsletters to their subscribers and this information after publication is also added to the blog. While much of the blog is devoted to African, Pre-Columbian, Oceanic, American Indian, and Folk Art, we are also very involved with appraisal and authentication issues. Your comments are welcome.

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Allen Brisson-Smith for The New York Times

Art Donations - More Orphans Now and in the Future

Posted: November 11, 2013 18:10

This New York Times article points out a serious problem in the art world that has been created as a result of the new AAM (American Association of Museums) collecting guidelines. Collectors that started after 1970 that are now downsizing as they enter their 60s are finding that they have limited options for passing on their collections. The options are pretty clearly limited for most to giving them to the family or selling them. The wealthiest collectors are creating trusts or foundations to circumvent issues where museums could be compelled to return objects that had been donated and had...

Paris and Back 2013

Posted: October 29, 2013 13:42

I feel compelled to share a little of what happened earlier this year during my trip to Paris, which certainly was a trip to be included as a chapter in the book that I will never write. We arrived and took just enough time to drop our suitcases off at the hotel before heading out to Quai Branly (or I now understand is simply MQB). MQB opened in 2006 as a result of at least partially of the efforts of President Chirac, the great art dealer Jacques Kerchache, and many others that I just don't know about. Madame Helene Joubert was given the task of moving 80,000 plus objects from the Musee d...

Association of Art Museum Directors Acquisition Guidelines

Posted: October 28, 2013 20:20

Registry of New Acquisitions of Archaeological Material and Works of Ancient Art The Registry of New Acquisitions of Archaeological Material and Works of Ancient Art provides information on acquisitions of select works of archeological and ancient art by AAMD member museums since June 4, 2008, the date new AAMD Guidelines went into effect. These works are only those lacking complete provenance after November 1970, the date of the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import and Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. Art museums...

Jean Paul Barbier

Barbier Pre-Columbian Sale - Sotheby's Paris

Posted: October 23, 2013 11:31

PARIS: The sale is now over in Paris and is it is now obvious that the French Government never had any intention of stopping the sale. Considering that many objects had a pretty solid collection history and considering the fact that many had been in the public sector for at least fifteen years while exhibited in the museum in Barcelona, this position is pretty defensible. Never had a single owner sale with this quality and this collection history been offered at a public sale. So this certainly was a very big target for these countries and those individuals that feel all indigenous art...

Chupicuaro Figure

When is Enough Really Enough?

Posted: October 22, 2013 19:43

No one seems to be asking exactly what these countries want that are protesting the sale of Pre-Columbian art. It certainly goes far beyond stopping a sale. There are interests groups within the U.S. that believe strongly that the firewall for acquisitions is 1970 suggesting that anything acquired and imported into the United States prior to this date will be untouchable. The countries of orgin in Mexico, and Central and South America have not publicly agreed to this date. In addition the basis of their protest on the Barbier sale pointedly stated a very different time frame. Peru -...

Kongo Nail Fetish

Museums Do Have Responsibility to Their Visitors

Posted: October 15, 2013 18:31

I recently saw this announcement of an African exhibition of "three-dimensional traditional art from the early to mid 20th century". The Georgia Musem of Art is the official state museum of Georgia and is located in Athens, Georgia. Most museum goers are not going to pick up on exactly what this statement means, but it is providing some very definitive information about the works of art in this exhibition. It is categorically stating that exhibition consists of art made for appropriate ceremonial use by and for the appropriate ethnic group that would normally be expected to make and use...

 

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