As the San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show enters its 34th year in 2020, we are proud to present the premier show of its kind in the United States, with over 70 dealers showcasing exciting exhibits from the top galleries from around the world. 

Works range from the finest textiles and rugs from North Africa, Asia, North America, and India through remarkable stone and woodcarvings from Indonesia, Africa, and Oceania. Works also span millennia, with carvings and pottery from prehistoric South America to contemporary garments utilizing heritage woven ikats from Ecuador, preserving a cultural tradition.

Click here to view our  2020 Catalog online.

Two Shows, One Event

This year San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show is being held with The American Indian Art Show/San Francisco (formerly held at the Marin Center, in San Rafael, CA), bringing together two historic shows to create the major West Coast event of the year for Tribal and American Indian art; the largest gathering of its kind under one roof, with international galleries, dealers and native artists presenting the very best in indigenous art from around the world.

2020 Exhibitor List



Presentations/Book signings:

American Art Collector

The Casspir Project: Ralph Ziman artist,
Rendon Gallery, Sat & Sun 2pm

Ralph Ziman born in 1963 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and currently living and working in Los Angeles, California, created The Casspir Project, a multimedia presentation featuring SPOEK-1, an eleven ton Casspir military vehicle covered in 70 million glass beads designed in collaboration with artisans from Zimbabwe and the Mpumalanga province of South Africa.  Ziman will speak about the project and the conversation he hopes it will provoke. 
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American Art Collector

Variations on a Loom: the J.B. Moore Collection: Robert & Anne Smith, Sat & Sun 3pm

Shown for the first time, this is the private collection of Robert and Anne Smith and will include more than 45 examples of Navajo weavings produced through the J.B. Moore Crystal Trading Post during the early 1900s. J.B. Moore produced mail-order catalogs featuring hand-woven Navajo rugs that incorporated Oriental motifs into the traditional indigenous designs. The variations seen in the finished textiles reflect the weavers' cultural and artistic contribution.

Anthony Meyer, Tribal Art: Past, Present, & Future Sat 12:30

Internationally recognized expert, author, teacher and an exhibitor in many of the world's greatest art fairs, notably TEFAF in Maastricht, Frieze Masters in London, and Parcours des Mondes in Paris.

Meyer traces the emergence of tribal materials as an art form, beginning with the first encounters of the European explorers with the source cultures of Africa, Oceania and the Americas in the 15th century, the appearance of the Cabinets of Curiosities formed largely by members of the upper class, and the advent of the collectors, dealers and museums who have played a significant role in the history and development of the Tribal Art Market. Meyer will discuss the Future of tribal art as an art form, a cultural signifier, and a viable market option as it is being tested today by social movements and unprecedented government policies and regulations. The lecture will be supported by relevant images from the past to the present.
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American Art Collector

Thomas Murray will discuss his book: Rarities, the Himalayas to Hawaii, Sun 1pm

The great migrations of peoples, languages and cultures bring fascinating archaeological, linguistic, genetic, anthropological and artistic insights. Certain recurring iconographic themes demonstrate how connected our shared human experience truly is, and how archetypes may be identified and tracked across great distances, whether by a process of cultural diffusion or as subliminal products of the shared collective unconscious. This book takes up those questions and contemplates the nature of aesthetic quality, religious philosophy, and the relation between art and the human condition.