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”

The Restitution Debate: African Art in a Global Society

In November 2018, Felwine Sarr and Bénédicte Savoy released a report that had been prepared for the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, entitled “The Restitution of African Cultural Heritage. Toward a New Relational Ethics.”This report has set in motion a debate that could have a profound impact on the status of African art held in collections around the world.Continue reading “The Restitution Debate: African Art in a Global Society”

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”

How Photography and Jazz Merged to Forge the “Black Is Beautiful” Movement

Kwame Brathwaite’s photographs fused the two mediums to push the boundaries of beauty, transforming how we define Blackness. LOS ANGELES — Black is beautiful. It’s a catalyzing phrase that radically instilled pride among African Americans and redefined beauty standards around the world. The iconic slogan is also the title of Kwame Brathwaite’s first major museumContinue reading “How Photography and Jazz Merged to Forge the “Black Is Beautiful” Movement”

This New Women-Owned Site Curates the Coolest Home Decor from Africa

In this age of Amazon Prime, same-day home deliveries, and global online shopping marketplaces, we tend to think we can get anything from anywhere (and fast). But as Nana Quagrain discovered after moving from South Africa to New York, that’s not *truly* the case. Commuting back and forth between Brooklyn and Johannesburg for years while working in infrastructureContinue reading “This New Women-Owned Site Curates the Coolest Home Decor from Africa”

Kehinde Wiley’s Art Annex Starting this summer, the painter will be living and working alongside visiting artists in a cliffside compound in Senegal.

Down a nondescript dirt road in the Yoff Virage village in Dakar, beyond a steel-and-wood gate and perched atop an ocher cliff overlooking Yoff Bay, is Black Rock Senegal. It’s the new home, studio space, and artist-in-residency program imagined and brought to life by New York–based painter Kehinde Wiley. On a balmy day in February, Wiley isContinue reading “Kehinde Wiley’s Art Annex Starting this summer, the painter will be living and working alongside visiting artists in a cliffside compound in Senegal.”