Tribal & Textile Art Show goes virtual due to pandemic

Tribal & Textile Art Show

Image representative of tribal art courtesy of Artemis Gallery.

SAN FRANCISCO (PRNewswire) – For the first time, aficionados of fine antique and contemporary tribal and textile art can attend the 35th annual San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show virtually. In response to COVID-19, the organizers have taken the show – usually held at Fort Mason in San Francisco – online this year. The event runs Feb. 24-28.

The 35th San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show is a preeminent international art fair devoted exclusively to top-tier works from Africa, Asia, Australia, Oceania and the Americas. More than 60 national and international galleries and exhibitors will offer a wide range of objects and artifacts, making this the perfect event for collectors, designers and enthusiasts alike.

This year’s show brings together both U.S. and international dealers, offering attendees a unique opportunity to view and purchase rare and hard-to-find pieces at a wide range of prices. The celebrated Belgian gallery Didier Claes will show, among other things, pieces from its world-class collection of ibeji – wooden carved memorial figures of twins by the Yoruba people of southwest Nigeria. Oceanic Arts, based in Sydney, Australia, will have extraordinary human-size Captain Marvel-themed shields from New Guinea that are featured in a new catalog and exhibition also on view at the show. Pace African & Oceanic Art, a New York-based art gallery specializing in the sale of important antique African art from Central and West Africa and Oceanic art from the islands of the Pacific, will have among its offerings a Enufo seated wood figure from the Ivory Coast. Thousands of items, including baskets, paintings, photography, jewelry, extraordinary textiles and more, will be available to delight fair-goers.

Going forward, the organizers have decided to permanently add a virtual edition for this show but plan to open up the physical fair at Fort Mason as soon as possible.

Besides viewing individual pieces online during the show, attendees can also participate in virtual exhibitor conversations that will work like Zoom office hours, allowing show-goers to talk directly with the experts and ask them questions. There will also be a robust lineup of virtual talks available for free.

The 35th San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show Virtual Benefit, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST/noon to 7 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Feb. 24, will offer a first look at the material. Tickets are $25, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Blessingway, a nonprofit created in 2016 and administered by Mark and Linda Winter, operators of the Toadlena Trading Post, with a mission to offer aid to the Navajo Nation. The proceeds, which run through Native Art New Mexico, will go to a program that distributes COVID relief packages monthly to the Diné people, including flour, coffee, canned goods, and PPE, as well as feed for sheep and livestock.

The show opens to the public on Thursday, Feb. 25, and remains open until midnight PST on the night of Sunday, Feb. 28. Admission is free. To register for the show and for a complete list of exhibitors, visit the website of the San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show, at

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