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”

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”

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”

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 andContinue reading “The Gorgeous Africa-Inspired Furniture Designs Of Jomo Tariku”

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,Continue reading “The Photographer Fighting Visual Clichés of Africa”

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 dyingContinue reading “Why Western museums should return African artifacts”

Nigeria : le ”pidgin” chanté pour la toute première fois à l’opéra

Exrême silence avant une explosion d’applaudissements après qu’Helen Epega a terminé de chanter ses premiers airs d’opéra en langue pidgin au Festival de percussions Abeokuta au sud-ouest du Nigeria. Voix puissante et performances spectaculaires, des atouts qui ont été ovationnés par des milliers de spectateurs. Continuez la lecture …

Dennis Osadebe thinks the term “African art” is lazy

The Nigerian artist created a new series of masked sculptures for a project titled “Stand for Something.” What is “African art”? Who are the creators? Who are the subjects? What is the aesthetic? If you ask Nigerian-born mixed media artist Dennis Osadebe, he’d tell you there’s no such thing as “African art” and there neverContinue reading “Dennis Osadebe thinks the term “African art” is lazy”

Ghana’s Buzzed-About Venice Biennale Pavilion Is a Clear First Step in the Country’s Bid to Become a Global Art Destination

The knockout pavilion, which includes work by John Akomfrah and Ibrahim Mahama, appears to be part of a bigger plan. Throughout the Arsenale, the medieval dockyard complex that houses a number of national pavilions for the Venice Biennale, a common refrain can be heard echoing through the corridors: Which way to the Ghana Pavilion? TheContinue reading “Ghana’s Buzzed-About Venice Biennale Pavilion Is a Clear First Step in the Country’s Bid to Become a Global Art Destination”