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African Art

The Met Finally Gives Native American Art The Spotlight It Deserves

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.21.2017 | Arts

The American Wing of the storied Metropolitan Museum of Art has long held a collection of typically “American” artifacts: portraits of wigged colo...

Nigerian creatives disrupt the art industry

Maya Horgan | Posted 12.29.2016 | Arts
Maya Horgan

Young Nigerian creatives are carving out an entirely new space in the art world Ifedoyin Shotunde Lagos has experienced an artistic explosion over ...

On the "A" w/Souleo: DNA Tests Inspire New Photo Series on Race and Identity

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 07.03.2016 | Arts
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

African art is sweeping through the mainstream art world as noted in recent examples from the Brooklyn Museum's Disguise: Masks and Global African Art...

Your Brief And Far-Out Guide To Afrofuturism

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.25.2016 | Arts


There Is No One Style Of 'African Art'

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 03.02.2016 | Arts

"What exactly is an 'African artist'?" curators Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba asked in an email to The Huffington Post. "Someone who grew up in Joha...

Gorgeous Photos Of Nigeria's Past Aim To Dissolve Stereotypes

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.02.2015 | Arts

"We're connecting people with their own history, their own past, through photography," Amy Staples, curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of Afri...

10 Contemporary African Artists You Don't Know But Should

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.20.2015 | Arts

One artist works with defunct weapons, transforming obsolete AK-47s and soldiers' boots into elaborate thrones and evocative masks. Another uses local...

Afrofuturist Photos Transform Senegal's Trash Into Haute Couture

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.06.2015 | Arts

There are certain depictions of African life we in the West are all too accustomed to seeing: Images of poverty, violence and corruption conjure a one...

Global African Artists Explore The Meaning Of Disguise In The 21st Century

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.24.2015 | Arts

Europa, 2008, Nandipha Mntambo, Swazi, born 1982. Exhibition print 311/2 ×311/2 in. (80 ×80 cm). Photographic composite by Tony Meintjes. Loan from ...

The Passion and Perseverance of Dr. Johnnetta Cole

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 05.03.2016 | Arts
Ola Ojewumi

In the field of higher education, there is no one more iconic than Dr. Johnnetta Cole. She is revered for her achievements as the first African American woman president of Spelman College and Bennett College.

Luminós/C/ity.Ordinary Joy: African Art In A New Environment

Renée Mussai | Posted 03.21.2015 | Arts
Renée Mussai

How does one avoid the dangers of isolating artistic practice originating from one place on our planet from the wider discourse of art?

Here's What Happens When The King Of Trash Art Gets His Hands On A Fancy Manhattan Townhouse

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 11.21.2014 | Arts

In 1990, a man named El Anatsui was among the first batch of sub-Saharan Africans ever to present at the Venice Bienniale, the grand ball of the art w...

How Art Can Save a Life

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Diriye Osman

As I sit here and write this, feeling scratched and worn -- a vinyl record that has seen better days -- I know all is not lost. I know I will wake up in the morning, make a cup of tea and sit at my studio desk.

12 African Artworks Give Glimpse Into A Continent's Worth Of Art History

Posted 02.02.2014 | Arts

Whether a graceful maternity figure, a wooden protector against disease or a ceramic soldier mask -- there's something about a relic from another time...

Piano's Light Touch at the Kimbell

J. Michael Welton | Posted 02.04.2014 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

It may be safe to say -- whether you favor the site of Renzo Piano's new pavilion or not - that Louis Kahn's Kimbell Art Museum has never looked as good as it does today.

Lavish Hairstyles by J.D. 'OKHAI OJEIKERE

Evelyne Politanoff | Posted 08.18.2013 | Arts
Evelyne Politanoff

J.D. 'OKHAI OJEIKERE was born in 1930 in the western part of Nigeria. One of his cousins advised him to buy a camera and tought him what he needs to k...

El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum

Bobby Elliott | Posted 04.27.2013 | Arts
Bobby Elliott

The real excitement surrounding El Anatsui's tapestries -- surrounding all of his work -- has to do with the belief that they are much more than offshoots or pretty objects.

Colonizing Abstraction: MoMA's Inventing Abstraction Show Denies Its Ancient Global Origins

G. Roger Denson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

Shouldn't the most authoritative of our cultural institutions, certainly those renown globally, be so sensitive as to represent the history of international art with the like mindedness of diplomats to mitigating the injuries historically wrought by political and cultural colonizations?

The Human Form Is Back in Art in Paris

Vicky Tiel | Posted 01.30.2013 | Arts
Vicky Tiel

Galleristas also compete for attention, and this winter it's the nude gone wild or human sculpture lying on the floor. Nothing is more eye-catching than the human condition is all its pathos and glory.

"Desert Jewels" and "Anima and Tuareg" at the Museum of the African Diaspora

Larissa Archer | Posted 12.22.2012 | Arts
Larissa Archer

"Desert Jewels" features tribal jewelry and nineteenth-century photographs from an era when advancements in photographic technology allowed documentarians and artists to take advantage of and further intensify European fascination with the Orient.

Amal Kenawy (1974-2012)

Chika Okeke-Agulu | Posted 11.05.2012 | Arts
Chika Okeke-Agulu

Egyptian artist Amal Kenawy, one of Africa's really compelling contemporary artists, and a leading voice in the thriving Cairo art scene, died August 19 of leukemia. She was 38.

The Robert Lehman Gift to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston: Matters Arising

Chika Okeke-Agulu | Posted 09.10.2012 | Arts
Chika Okeke-Agulu

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) has just become a major player among collections of the famed Royal Benin brass and ivory sculptures, thanks to the gift of 34 objects by Robert Owen Lehman.

Boston Gets Huge Boost In African Art

Posted 06.29.2012 | Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston recently received a collection of extremely rare sculptures from Benin, adding new depth to their African art collectio...

The Museum For African Art: New York, I Am Still Waiting...

Chika Okeke-Agulu | Posted 08.06.2012 | Arts
Chika Okeke-Agulu

Since the closure of its space in Long Island years ago, the MAA has continued to produce traveling shows pending the opening of the new space. But that is not the same!

Spectral Imprints, Abraaj Capital Art, Art Dubai 2012

James Scarborough | Posted 06.17.2012 | Arts
James Scarborough

Perhaps the real value of Spectral Imprints lies in reminding us of those moments when contemporary art does acknowledges art of the past.