Los Angeles

“Arts of New Guinea”

Municipal Art Gallery

Unlike the Western artist, the primitive carver gained little from skilled performance alone. His profession was ordained through a variety of circumstances over which he often had no control. In the Mundugumor area of New Guinea, artists were always born with the umbilical cord wrapped around their necks and believed to be immune to danger. In spite of this curious method of selection, the would-be artist managed to achieve high levels of performance. This exhibition of primitive art from the Sepik River region of New Guinea, one of the finest collations of bewitching material to go on view in the West, strongly demonstrates that superior achievement.

Organized by the Stendahl Galleries of Los Angeles from their collections and those of the Los Angeles County Museum, the University of California, Los Angeles, Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth La Boyteaux, and Dr. and Mrs. George C. Kennedy, the

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