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African art collecting picks up
May22

African art collecting picks up

More African individuals and businesses are spending on or investing in art than a few years earlier, with the focus on contemporary art produced by artists on the African continent or in  locations elsewhere , anecdotal evidence and art market trends suggest. There’s also an emerging trend toward restitution of historical cultural materials now outside Africa. At Bonhams’ sale 21 May 2014, entitled Africa Now and billed...

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Victor Ehikhamenor’s Contemporary Magic
May22

Victor Ehikhamenor’s Contemporary Magic

Chronicles of The Enchanted World is the title of a selling exhibition of a selection of paintings and sculptural installations by Victor Ehikhamenor, on display 21 May -19 July 2014 at London’s Gallery of African Art, writes SAJID RIZVI.  Ehikhamenor’s reputation traverses disciplines. He’s an artist and photographer, raconteur and writer of short stories and, imminently (we hear), a novel.(1) There’s something...

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Madagascar, but not as your kids know it
May03

Madagascar, but not as your kids know it

Thanks to the ongoing Dreamworks franchise (there may be a fourth animated sequel soon), Madagascar is firmly and mirthfully on the world map, its mind-boggling menagerie embedded deep into the consciousness of children who’ll soon be teenagers, given the series’ debut in 2005, and surely will be taking their toddler siblings along a well-beaten path, writes SAJID RIZVI. But there’s another aspect to the art of...

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Malangatana: Homage to an African visionary
Mar14

Malangatana: Homage to an African visionary

The Gallery of African Art, Cork Street’s eminent new venue showcasing contemporary and modern art from the continent, has produced a deeply evocative tribute to Valente Malangatana Ngwenya, better known simply as Malangatana, arguably one of the great creative spirits and gifted visual storytellers to emerge from Africa before his death in 2011, writes SAJID RIZVI. The painter/poet/philosopher, part-time guerrilla fighter and...

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Mogadishu: Lost Moderns
Feb21

Mogadishu: Lost Moderns

  Mogadishu – Lost Moderns is a multimedia exhibition by architect Rashid Ali and photographer Andrew Cross opening 6 March 2014 at the Mosaic Rooms. It is also the first exhibition to explore Mogadishu through its architecture and urban environment, narrating the story of Somalia’s journey from traditional African nation via colonisation and post colonialism to emergent independent state.    

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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House

Academics, artists and art critics have been trying to bring African art, historical as well as contemporary, to greater attention since africa95 in 1995. The 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Somerset House London (16 – 20 October 2013) aims to take this further, writes SAJID RIZVI. Success is guaranteed, in more than moderation. There are several reasons for this optimism. After many years of assiduous efforts in continental...

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