Africa’s art market takes off!
William McBain

Africa’s art market takes off!

Reading Time: 4 minutes Africa’s art market takes off as investors pile in – Driven by a growing market of indigenous investors, African art is commanding increasingly high prices at the world’s auction houses. William McBain investigates this new frontier in a world previously dominated by investors from established economies. In what’s likely to be remembered as a strong year for African art, the

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Why is modern art so expensive?

Reading Time: 4 minutes In this Video Charlie Floyd explores the reasons as to Why is modern art so expensive? exploring the start of the modern art era with the birth of photography. From abstract impressionism, to performance art. Modern and contemporary art can be devisive, but that hasn’t stopped its prices soaring. In 2018 the global art market reached $67.4 Billion, and there

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Bamako Encounters Contemporary African Photography
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Bamako Encounters Contemporary African Photography

Reading Time: 3 minutes Bamako Encounters Contemporary African Photography is characterized by Playful and bold, the images of Contemporary African Photography. Biennial subvert advertising tropes, interrogate beauty standards, examine the effects of urban life – and salute the clenched fist of the black power movement. Inaugurated in 1994, the Bamako Encounters Contemporary African Photography celebrates contemporary photography in Africa. Here’s a selection of images

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Allyssia Alleyne

Best contemporary Art Fairs 2020

Reading Time: 4 minutes In Best contemporary Art Fairs 2020, Allyssia Alleyne discovers From South Africa to Morocco, fairs including new and established creatives are drawing art lovers and buyers alike. African art has been having a very long moment. Over the past 10 years, contemporary artists from the continent – from the Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui to Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu to South

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Prête-moi Ton Rêve
Katherine Keener

Prête-moi Ton Rêve

Reading Time: 3 minutes Prête-moi Ton Rêve or ‘Lend me your Dream’ is a touring exhibition Fully organised and created by Africans, and featuring the continent’s finest contemporary artists Entering its second leg of a two-year long African tour, a new exhibition is taking the continent by storm. ‘Prête-moi Ton Rêve (Lend Me Your Dream)’ brings together 30 African artists, including Abdoulaye Konaté, Chéri

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NO. 2 BACKGROUND 32, 2015
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Contemporary Art Challenges Ethiopia

Reading Time: 2 minutes Contemporary Art Challenges Ethiopia – Walls, domes and the exteriors of the magnificent Medhane Alem Cathedral in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa are embellished with colorful portraits and life-size paintings of saints of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. The saints, depicted with an exaggerated size of eyes, solemnly gaze at visitors and worshippers who congregate throughout the week. Bekele Mekonen, an

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Bamako Encounters: Streams of Consciousness
Tom Seymour

Bamako Encounters: Streams of Consciousness

Reading Time: 3 minutes This article Bamako Encounters: Streams of Consciousness  by Tom Seymour was published in issue #7890 of British Journal of Photography BJP. Weeks after a nationwide state of emergency is lifted, Mali’s capital hosts more than 85 artists from across Africa in 15 city-wide venues for its extensive festival Bamako Encounters, Africa’s premier photography festival, returns to the capital of Mali for its

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Telling the full story of African art just got harder
Patrick Smith

Telling the full story of African art just got harder

Reading Time: 4 minutes In Telling the full story of African art just got harder, As told to Patrick Smith in July 2019. Gus Casely-Hayford was recently announced as the new director for London’s Victoria & Albert Museum new expansion, V&A East, where he will start in Spring 2020. Full article is at theafricareport African art is going through an incredible renaissance in the

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Nigeria renews campaign for return of looted artifacts
Gregory Austin Nwakunor

Nigeria renews campaign for return of looted artifacts

Reading Time: 6 minutes Returning African artefacts taken by explorers and colonisers has remained a serious issue in Europe-Africa relations. Gregory Austin Nwakunor (Arts and Culture Editor of Guardian Arts) interrogates the new Federal Government campaign for return of Nigeria’s stolen and looted artefacts. When a Cambridge University college said on Thursday it would return an antique statue of a cockerel to Benin City,

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Lid of the coffin of the priest of Heryshef, Nedjemankh [Metropolitan Museum of Art]
Manny Tejeda-Moreno

Repatriation of African Art

Reading Time: 4 minutes Repatriation of African art gains momentum and funding by Manny Tajeda-Moreno for the Wildhunt.org In February, the Metropolitan Museum of Art ended an Egyptian art exhibition titled “Nedjemankh and His Gilded Coffin” after the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office revealed that the provenance of the golden coffin had been faked by a Parisian art dealer in 1971. “Stewards of the world’s

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Young Masters Artists 2019, photo credit @CristinaSchek
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Giggs Kgole Interview MoMAA

Reading Time: 7 minutes In Giggs Kgole Interview MoMAA, African Rising Star, Contemporary artist Giggs Kgole says his Win of the Young Masters Award is not only a win for Kgole, but a win for all Africans and youngsters who aspire for greatness and want to have their voice heard. You Are Everywhere Now! Do You Mind Speaking A Little Bit About Your Background

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Okwui Enwezor. Photo Venice Biennale.
Art Forum

Okwui Enwezor Curator 15th Sharjah Biennial 2021

Reading Time: 2 minutes Okwui Enwezor Curator 15th Sharjah Biennial 2021 stated by Art Forum The 2021 edition of the Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates will stage the last show by the highly influential Nigerian curator Okwui Enwezor, who passed away after a long battle with cancer in March. Titled “Postcolonial,” the exhibition is a sequel to “Postwar: Art Between the Pacific

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