Art

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 of Africa as a place that has something significant to say.Naomi … Continue reading Why being an African artist is so important today

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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’s Institute of Contemporary Art through August 11. Below, Harrison discusses … Continue reading MATTHEW ANGELO HARRISON

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. The museum had acquired the ornate golden coffin from the … Continue reading Better Safe Than Sorry: American Museums Take Measures Mindful of Repatriation of African Art

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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 largest continent, and its extensive art world is still a vast … Continue reading Explore African art: Contemporary creations reflecting diversity is showcasing strongly in Angola

The Gorgeous Africa-Inspired Furniture Designs Of Jomo Tariku

The work of Kenya-born, Virginia-based Ethiopian Jomo Tariku will renew your love of wooden furniture. In “60 Seconds With,” ELLE Decor editor Charles Curkin chats with creatives and industry leaders, getting the scoop on their life and work in one minute or less. In this installment, he chats with Jomo Tariku, the Kenya-born, Virginia-based Ethiopian furniture designer and founder of Jomo Furniture who was featured as part of a story on … Continue reading The Gorgeous Africa-Inspired Furniture Designs Of Jomo Tariku

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The Photographer Fighting Visual Clichés of Africa

Aïda Muluneh’s vibrant images explore Ethiopian identity, and her photo festival aspires to shape a new vision of the continent. In the spring of 2016, the photographer Aïda Muluneh opened a solo exhibition at the David Krut Projects gallery in New York City. The showcase came nine years after Muluneh had returned to her native Ethiopia, which she’d left as a young child in the 1980s, … Continue reading The Photographer Fighting Visual Clichés of Africa

Culture

Why Western museums should return African artifacts

A large number of artifacts held in Western museums and libraries are known to have been appropriated over the ages through conquest and colonialism. The looting of African objects anthropologists, curators and private collectors took place in war as well as in peaceful times. It was justified as an act of benevolence; as saving dying knowledge. Some museums have started to try and acknowledge that their collections … Continue reading Why Western museums should return African artifacts