South African Art Fair Relaunches As FNB Art Joburg

The Johannesburg-based art fair gets a makeover after it was bought in June by its former director, Mandla Sibeko Last year, a group of six South African galleries, including Goodman Gallery, Stevenson and Blank Projects, decided to stop participating at the Joburg art fair and approached the FNB Joburg Art Fair’s then director, Mandla Sibeko aboutContinue reading “South African Art Fair Relaunches As FNB Art Joburg”

Are African Artifacts Safer in Europe? Museum Conditions Revive Debate

BERLIN — Is Africa’s cultural heritage better off in Europe or in Africa? That is the question at the heart of a yearslong debate that has gripped museums in Europe, where many officials say they support the idea of repatriating artifacts, but worry that African museums cannot compare to state-of-the-art facilities in Britain, France orContinue reading “Are African Artifacts Safer in Europe? Museum Conditions Revive Debate”

Art: ‘The Deliverance of Womban: The sacred passage to self’ by Oya Arts, Loughborough Road SW9 from 9th Nov 2019

The London based visual artist Karen Alleyne, aka Oya Arts, showcases her debut exhibition, The Deliverance of Womban: The sacred passage to self,” at the Azawala Cafe Gallery from 9th November – 1st December 2019. Here’s what the organisers say about the exhibition:  Through a range of acrylic paintings, you are invited to explore the natural divinityContinue reading “Art: ‘The Deliverance of Womban: The sacred passage to self’ by Oya Arts, Loughborough Road SW9 from 9th Nov 2019”

Why being an African artist is so important today

African art is having a vogue moment. People are very interested in it, but there’s still a sense of Africa and African art as something of an exotic “other” that sits on the periphery and not really at the center of dialogues and debate. However, it’s more important than ever to assert the position ofContinue reading “Why being an African artist is so important today”

5 Africans making amazing works of art from trash

Africa is the second most populated continent in the world. As such, it is only logical that the volumes of trash produced on the daily are high; organic and inorganic, biodegradable and non-biodegradable. As the levels of waste increase, it becomes important to devise effective ways and methods of getting rid of them or repurposingContinue reading “5 Africans making amazing works of art from trash”

MATTHEW ANGELO HARRISON

Matthew Angelo Harrison creates technically precise sculptures rich with art-historical allusion, mixing and interrogating touchstones as diverse as 1970s American Minimalism, Benin bronzes, and Adolf Loos. His work is currently on view as part of the Whitney Biennial at New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art through September 22 and “Colored People Time: Mundane Futures” at Philadelphia’sContinue reading “MATTHEW ANGELO HARRISON”

African Giant – Burna Boy’s New Album is here.

Burna Boy’s newest album African Giant has arrived, via Bad Habit and Atlantic Records. Burna Boy’s latest effort features guest appearances from Jorja Smith, Damian Marley, Future, YG, and more. African Giant includes previously released tracks “Anybody,” “On The Low,” “Gbona,” and “Dangote.” Continue reading…

UK galleries have embraced black artists, says exhibition curator

Britain’s cultural institutions are more open than ever before to black British culture and the artists behind it, according to the curator of a landmark exhibition that charts 50 years of black creativity in the UK. Zak Ové, an artist and the curator of Get Up, Stand Up Now – which opens at Somerset House in LondonContinue reading “UK galleries have embraced black artists, says exhibition curator”

Better Safe Than Sorry: American Museums Take Measures Mindful of Repatriation of African Art

The coffin of Nedjemankh (detail), which was returned to Egypt in early 2019. KELLEN ANNA-MARIE This past February, the Metropolitan Museum of Art ended an exhibition earlier than expected when the centerpiece of “Nedjemankh and His Gilded Coffin”—after seven months on view with robust attendance figures nearing 450,000—was found to have been looted from Egypt.Continue reading “Better Safe Than Sorry: American Museums Take Measures Mindful of Repatriation of African Art”

Explore African art: Contemporary creations reflecting diversity is showcasing strongly in Angola

When anyone thought about African art, it meant woodcuts, masks and ethnic paintings but ‘Contemporary African art’ is becoming popular. It’s a one-dimensional collective term for more than 50 countries, more than one billion people, tens of thousands of ethnic groups, more than 2000 languages, and dozens of religions. Africa itself is the second largestContinue reading “Explore African art: Contemporary creations reflecting diversity is showcasing strongly in Angola”