Pace African & Oceanic Art is a New York-based, leading tribal and oceanic art gallery specializing in antique, traditional sculpture from central and west Africa and the islands of the Pacific. Established in 1971, the gallery maintains an inventory of museum-quality masks, figures and other objects which affirm the aesthetic imagination and mastery of the artists who made them. Affiliated with Pace Gallery, Pace African & Oceanic Art is a member of the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA).
Carlo Bella, only the third Director in the gallery’s history, hails from Milan, Italy where his family of art dealers, artists and collectors fueled his love of art. In 1983 he graduated from NYU with a degree in political science and art history. A year later he joined Pace. In 1986, Carlo created the Old Master Print department at Pace Prints which he ran until 2002 when he became the Director of Pace African & Oceanic Art. Drawing on his knowledge and collecting of tribal and oceanic art for over 30 years, Carlo has led the gallery into the 21st century adapting to an ever changing art market. Carlo continues to cultivate his knowledge and passion of African and Oceanic art through his travels abroad.
Pace African & Oceanic Art has been a lender to the following recent exhibitions:
Kota: Digital Excavations in African Art
Pulitzer Arts Foundation, October 16 – March 19, 2016
Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa
The Cleveland Museum of Art, 22 February – 31 May 2015
The Saint Louis Art Museum, 28 June – 27 September 2015
The Musée Fabre, 28 November 2015 – 6 March 2016
Lasting Foundations: The Art of Architecture in Africa
Museum for African Art at the World Financial Center, 2005-2006
California African-American Museum, May 17 – August 19, 2007
National Building Museum, October 6, 2007 – January 13, 2008
Where Gods and Mortals Meet: Continuity and Renewal in Urhobo Art
Museum for African Art, New York, April - August 2004
Museum for African Art, New York, April 8 - August 15, 2003
Museum for African Art, New York, October 2003 - March 2004
Facing the Mask
Museum for African Art, New York, September 2002 - March 2003
Pace African & Oceanic Art is available in the New York area, and worldwide, for consultation in regards to acquisitions both private and at auction; insurance appraisals; and conservation.