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Melissa Twigg

How African Art Fairs are bringing more Tourism to the Continent

Reading Time: 5 minutes How African Art Fairs are bringing more Tourism to the Continent by Melissa Twigg for WeAreAfricaTravel London, New York, Paris and Miami. The world’s most important art fairs are still largely held in the West – and even the rise of Art Basel in Hong Kong has done little to dent the idea that major international gatherings of curators, art critics

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Rebecca Anne Proctor

Why Do We Need An Art Fair Dedicated To African Art?

Reading Time: 6 minutes In Why Do We Need An Art Fair Dedicated To African Art? Rebecca Anne Proctor asks Will African contemporary art need to be viewed in isolation as it becomes more mainstream? Gallerists, collectors and curators respond during the recent edition of 1-54 London Stationed inside the outdoor courtyard of London’s Somerset House defined by its prominent neoclassical architecture are the

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Why African women artists are bucking the market trend

Reading Time: 5 minutes In why Why African women artists are bucking the market trend, Ann Shaw states The growing success of female African artists marks an exciting shift in the market. Recent research suggests that, for African artists, it pays to be female. Contrary to markets in the US and Europe where male artists command higher prices, four women lead the auction table:

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Abby Schultz

Sotheby’s Shines Light on Modern and Contemporary African Art

Reading Time: 3 minutes Sotheby’s Shines Light on Modern and Contemporary African Art by By Abby Schultz Sotheby’s established its first auction dedicated to modern and contemporary African art two years ago to draw attention, and collectors, to seminal artists largely unknown to an international audience.  In its fourth dedicated sale last April, the entire 75-lot auction sold for £2.3 million (US$3 million), above the

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Rediscovering the Art of Ben Enwonwu

Reading Time: 4 minutes In Rediscovering the Art of Ben Enwonwu by Farah Nayeri – Decades after his death, one of Africa’s most famous artists is gaining renewed attention, and his pieces are bringing big prices. In 1971, an American hair stylist living in Lagos posed for a portrait by the artist Ben Enwonwu of Nigeria. Christine Elizabeth Davis (who was the wife of a British missionary) wore an

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Andrew Mulenga

Mulling Over Art: Artnet “Intelligence Report” magnifies African Art Market

Reading Time: 5 minutes Mulling Over Art: Artnet “Intelligence Report” magnifies African Art Market In its latest “Intelligence Report” released on 10th September titled Welcome to the Age of the Art Industry (The Art World Is Over) which coincides with its 30th anniversary, artnet News advances a thesis: that over the past 30 years, the art world has evolved into an art industry. This

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Amah-Rose Abrams

The meteoric rise of African art

Reading Time: 6 minutes The meteoric rise of African art by Amah-Rose Abrams for Evening Standard It’s a mid-summer evening in the capital and the queue of London art scene insiders and celebrities is snaking around the courtyard at Somerset House. The buzzing crowd includes Don Letts, Yinka Shonibare, Lulu Kennedy, Clara Amfo and Sabrina Elba. Later on, Grace Wales Bonner will get to work on the decks. The

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Alexandra Wexler

The New Campaign to Bring African Art Home

Reading Time: 6 minutes BRUSSELS—A push to return African artworks from museums in Europe and America to their original countries is gaining traction. But it’s raising complex and sometimes uncomfortable challenges. For years, sub-Saharan Africa’s missing art—much of which was looted during wartimes and ended up in collections across the globe—didn’t attract the level of attention devoted to higher-profile campaigns, such as Greece’s efforts

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Africa’s art scene may be booming, but it’s still a blip on the global market

Reading Time: 2 minutes For all the excitement around African contemporary art, the continent still accounts for a fraction of the global art market. Last year, the sales in the global art market reached a total of $63.7 billion—a 12% increase on the previous year, according to the 2018 Art Market report published last week. Compiled by Art Basel and UBS Bank, the report

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Venice Biennale 2019 – A Visit.

Reading Time: 2 minutes Visiting Venice Biennale 2019 should be a must on every tourists agenda. This, the 58th Biennale in this beautiful city did not disappoint. It never does. The title of this years exhibition is ‘May you live in interesting times’. Opening day was 11th May and will run till 24th November 2019. I started off by taking the Boat 6 Ferry

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Hustle is as important as technique to cash in on Africa’s Art Boom!

Reading Time: 4 minutes … Cash in on Africa’s Art Boom … @lynseychutel East of Nairobi, Buruburu is a neighborhood of cul-de-sacs that the city’s public servants and middle-income professionals call home. It’s the kind of pragmatic neighborhood where telling your parents you plan to become an artist is a risk. It’s an even bigger gamble coming from outside of the capital. Boniface Maina

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Venice Biennale African Art 2019

Reading Time: 4 minutes Arguably considered the Olympics of Art, the Venice Art Biennale is the oldest exhibition organized for arts. It is a contemporary visual art exhibition held in Venice in odd-numbered years, thus called biennially. The Art Biennale has inspired other exhibitions throughout the world with a similar name. It is one of the oldest organizations to organize art exhibitions with the first-ever in 1895.

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