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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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London’s China Visual Festival
May01

London’s China Visual Festival

This year’s edition of the annual Chinese Visual Festival in London is in full swing, offering audiences opportunities to get up to speed with new talent and new trends in Chinese cinema, from the mainland to countries and regions contiguous in cultural or historical terms. Mainstream moviegoers, having been introduced to Chinese cinema through circuitous routes including Hollywood and Hong Kong, are only now beginning to catch...

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Paper in bloom: Zhuang Hong Yi’s make-believe world
Mar21

Paper in bloom: Zhuang Hong Yi’s make-believe world

Zhuang Hong Yi transports the viewer to three-dimensional floral tableaux vivants in an exhibition that needs to be seen up close to be appreciated for the artist’s exemplary skill and visual power, writes SAJID RIZVI. The selling show at Hua Gallery in London (19 March 2014 – 30 May 2014) also features Zhuang Hong Yi’s equally adept and exquisitely delicate manipulation of porcelain to produce works mounted on...

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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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