Art dealer and keen collector of archaeological and ethnographic objects for the past fifteen years, Martin Doustar 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.
Over these years he sharpened his eye and focused on the historical period in the development of Modern Art, around cubism and the European Avant-Garde, through to their extension into Lyrical and Constructed Abstraction. This is how he initially came into contact with African and Oceanic arts, 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 early twentieth century.
It is in the tradition of precursors and visionary dealers like Paul Guillaume, Pierre Loeb, Marius de Zayas or Joseph Brummer, that today, we would like to share these affinities of form between Primitive and Ancient Arts with a circle of like-minded collectors.
The selection of artworks we present meets the same criteria and standards Martin Doustar set for myself as a collector through the search for pure and authentic forms of artistic expressions, out of market trends, and with an uncompromising aesthetic rigor..
Our main domain of interest and expertise are the ancient arts of the Pacific and Indonesia, but the scope of the collection ranges from the Neolithic age to Modern and Post-War Art, and spans the art from the African, Eurasian, and American continents. Each object offered for sale has been carefully examined and selected, according to strict criteria of authenticity, conservation, and aesthetic qualities which have made the reputation of our gallery.
Martin Doustar travels all year long throughout Europe, Northern America and Asia, to visit private collections and public institutions. If you have an object you wish to evaluate or sell, please send us a photo and a short description by email and we will be able to make you an offer or advise you on the best way to sell your property.
Musée du Quai Branly, Paris - Musée Barbier-Mueller, Genève - Metropolitan Museum,New York - Musée de l'Homme, Paris - Minneapolis Institute of Arts - National Gallery of Australia, Canberra - Georgia Museum of Art, USA - The Maclean Collection, Chicago - TEFAF Maastricht - Frieze Masters, London - BRAFA Art Fair, Brussels - Cologne Fine Art
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 sourcing of museum quality objects, the leasing or rental of specific artworks, to the representation and acquisition at public auctions.