Category: In the Gallery

Bankers Grab the Prime Culture Precinct, Winning A Battle Others Have Fought

By Toyin Akinosho Lai Mohammed, the Nigerian Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, will today, hand over the National Theatre and its sprawling surrounds, to the Bankers Committee and the Central Bank of Nigeria. It’s a transaction in which the Nigerian government will not receive a penny, but has agreed to, on the strength of […]

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Art Historian Calls Out Christie’s for Selling Objects Taken from Nigeria: ‘Public Sales of These Objects Should Stop’

Ahead of an African art sale due to take place at Christie’s Paris salesroom in June, an art historian has claimed that the auction house needs to reconsider selling a pair of sculptures taken from Nigeria during the country’s civil war. Chika Okeke-Agulu, a professor of indigenous, modern, and contemporary African and African Diaspora art […]

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Stolen Van Gogh Paintings “Are Cursed”, Says Art Thief

Octave Durham described how he felt when he first sold two paintings of Vincent van Gogh, the legendary Dutch artist. He said he initially offered the van Gogh paintings to two criminals, but both of them were murdered before the deal could go down. “I thought that these two paintings were cursed. I said, I […]

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It’s Rele’s Second Muscling into Sculpture

By Toyin Akinosho Sculpting the City is a sequel to Material Times “and the second iteration of our engagement with purely sculptural forms”, says Rele Gallery. An exhibition of sculptures and installations by contemporary Nigerian artists who have found the city as an important texture in their work, Sculpting the City is designed as a way […]

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Spacefinish: Creating Impacts One Airport At A Time

The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) is on a mission to redefine the experience of travelers passing through its international airports across the country, starting with Port Harcourt, Abuja and Lagos.In 2019, FAAN commissioned Spacefinish to help design and fit-out both the Port Harcourt and Lagos international airports. And as a testament to our […]

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Rele Gallery is Sculpting out of The Lockdown

The Rele Gallery has announced its own gradual easing-out -of-the -lockdown arrangement. Next Sunday (May 31), it will open an exhibition of sculptures, in virtual space, then allow physical visits by regulated appointments. The show, Sculpting the City, will be mounted physically in the gallery but accessed by the public virtually. “Live viewing of the […]

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Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman: A Truly Philosophical Piece

          …I don’t understand men at all… The phrase materializes in different scenes across the entire novel, and each time, with different essence to its meaning (and use). Jean Louise (firmly in her mid-twenties) is returning to her little town of Maycomb from a long trip to New York to reconnect […]

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They Called Me A ‘Cracked Reporter’

By Olusegun Adeniyi    I moved to Lagos after my Youth Service in Zungeru, Niger State, in 1990. Having picked interest in journalism right from the University of Ife, I went straight to Mr. Segun Babatope, who happens to be a friend of my guardian. He was then the Chairman of the editorial board of […]

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German Bookstores on the Early Reopening Trek

In April, German bookstores saw hardcover and first-edition paperbacks sales drop by 47.3 percent, according to ‘Börsenblatt’ magazine. Now, stores are reopening and trying to return to profitability. A mid news today (May 15) that Germany’s economy shrank 2.2 percent in the first quarter, a helpful weekly series from our colleagues at German publishing trade […]

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Saluting Sonala Olumhense at Sixty-Five

          Friday, May 15, in this Corona-tainted year of 2020 marked the 65th birthday of Sonala Olumhense, the inimitable journalist’s journalist. I doubt that I would ever have become a journalist if not for my eventful meeting with the man called SO, or to put it in a hipper and more […]

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