Art dealer and keen collector of archaeological and ethnographic objects for the past ten years, I first started with modern painting back in the early 2000′s.
At the time, the internet was just beginning to open up almost limitless possibilities for acquiring knowledge, researching information, and making discoveries.
I sharpened my eye over these years and focused on the historical period in the development of Modern Art – on cubism and the European Avant-Garde – through to their extension into Lyrical and Constructed Abstraction.
This is how I initially came into contact with African and Oceanic art, as essential sources of modernism.
From Gauguin to Picasso and Man Ray, by way of the Surrealists, the great thematic exhibitions such as “Primitivism in 20th Century Art” in 1984, and more recently “Visual Encounters” at the Beyeler Foundation, have clearly shown what a decisive influence the arts from these diverse cultures had on the major artists of the 20th century.
It is in the tradition of precursors and visionary dealers like Paul Guillaume, Pierre Loeb, Marius de Zayas or Joseph Brummer, that today, I would like to share these affinities of form between tribal and ancient arts with a circle of like-minded collectors.
The selection of works I present meets the same criteria and standards I set for myself as a collector, through the search for pure and authentic artistic expressions, out of market trends, and with an uncompromising aesthetic rigor.
My main domain of interest and expertise is Oceanic Art, but the scope of the collection ranges from the Neolithic age to the pre-colonial period, and spans the art from the African, Eurasian, and American continents. All objects offered for sale are carefully selected and come with a guarantee of authenticity.
I am regularly traveling throughout Europe, North America and Asia, to visit collectors and institutions. If you have an object you wish to sell, please send a photo and a short description by email and I will be able to make an offer or advise you on the best way to sell your property.
In addition to free appraisal, a personalized consulting service is proposed to private individuals who wish to start or expand their collection, or corporates that want to delevop an investment strategy. It goes from the dedicated search for museum quality objects, the execution of bids at auctions, to the leasing or rental of selected artworks.
A service of photography and editing is available for clients who need a digital file of an object, or a catalog of their whole collection. All photos on this website are copyrighted © Martin Doustar.
Musée Barbier-Mueller, Genève - Musée de l'Homme, Paris - Minneapolis Institute of Arts - National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Georgia Museum of Art, USA - Musée du Quai Branly - The Maclean Collection, Chicago - Musée Guimet, Paris