Category: In the Gallery

ART CRITICISM AND AFRICA

                  In 1995, an initiative was launched in the UK, to set up AICA sections in Anglophone African countries. This ambition was prompted by the International Committee of AICA (International Art Critics Association), in order to expand AICA’s global reach as a UNESCO NGO and to reassess […]

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Dis Lagos: A Visual Narrative of Hope

          Lagos will continue to be explored by artists because it throws up energies, celebrates continuum and contradicts itself in many ways. The city, as an epicenter of African cosmopolitan tropes brings to fore a civility that stretches beyond the postcolonial, a subversiveness of the urbane and an assertiveness of the […]

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The Myth of the Starving Artist and Other Misconceptions about Creativity

Art for art’s sake was a creed of the 20th century bohemians, and on the surface, it sounds like a good idea. We should not create work that is functional or commercial, the argument goes, but rather because it is an end in itself. After all, what kind of creative would confess to wanting to make […]

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How Anatsui Withstood Hurricane Sandy

By Toyin Akinosho, Publisher As the wind picks up and disrupts our conversation, her dark forelock falls across her forehead, writes artflyer.net’s Alexia Antsakli Vardinoyanni, of Cecilia Alemani, chief curator of High Line, a New York Public Park with a dedicated multimedia contemporary art programme. The reporter quotes the curator: “All our projects need to […]

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Ghana Firmly Claims El Anatsui… Nigeria Sulks

Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo Ado, went in to see some of the work already installed for the third leg of El Antsui’s global travelling exhibition, Triumphant Scale, the at the Kunstmuseum, Bern, in Switzerland, last week. His visit was a loud statement in terms of West Africa’s cultural politics. Nigeria and Ghana both claim Anatsui, […]

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How Do Visual Artists Make Money?

How Do Visual Artists Make Money? The Ben Enwonwu Foundation is tackling a fundamental issue in visual art practice; funding the practitioner, outside the collector’s monopoly. It is the subject of the fifth edition of Point of View, the foundation’s widely regarded monthly seminar. The Nigerian art scene relies too heavily on the collector. ‘Funding […]

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Art Basel Hong Kong has Been Cancelled

Art Basel Hong Kong 2020 has been cancelled, not because of the drawn-out pro-democracy protests in the city, but due to the severe outbreak and spread of the new coronavirus. The event was scheduled for the third week of next month. “All visitors who have purchased tickets via HK Ticketing can apply for full refund […]

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Okeke-Agulu Goes To New York

Chika Okeke-Agulu, Professor of African and African Diaspora Art at Princeton University, is going to New York University as the Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professor for the spring 2020 semester. He is a guest of the University’s Institute of Fine Arts. The Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professorship, the Institute says in a release, “brings a distinguished scholar […]

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Konaté Joins Kentridge, Nkanga, on the Waterfront

Abdoulaye Konaté, the Malian artist who installs art pieces that look like dresses of African masquerades, will be having his works on view at the Zeitz Mocaa Gallery on the waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa. The show will run from February 12, 2020 to January 12, 2021. Mr. Konate is highly regarded by critics […]

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59th Venice Biennale Appoints Cecilia Alemani Visual Arts Director

The task of planning and curating the upcoming 59th International Art Exhibition is always a challenge: she is a curator who has organized many exhibitions of contemporary artists, she is currently Director and Chief Curator of High Line Art, the programme of public art of the renowned urban park build on an elevated railroad in […]

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