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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.

Body Art Reinterpreted For A Modern Context

Posted 03.14.2012 | Arts

The Omo Valley in southwestern Ethiopia is a region known for its diversity. There are vast savannahs, mountains bordering the valley and a semi-arid ...

Example Of 'Earliest Figurative Art' Discovered

Posted 01.11.2012 | Arts

Unglazed clay objects from ancient times that are intact are incredibly rare, but archaeologists Peter Breunig and Nicole Rupp of the Goethe-Universit...

Searching for Beauty in Haiti

Philippa P.B. Hughes | Posted 01.09.2012 | Arts
Philippa P.B. Hughes

I attended the Transculturel Forum of contemporary art in Haiti a little over a month ago. This program brought artists from around the world (Madagas...

PHOTOS: Exhibitions Celebrate Evolution Of African Art

Posted 11.28.2011 | Arts

(Via MutualArt) Much like the leaves of autumn, the face of America is ever-changing. And this is also true for the art world, which reflects back ...

The New View From Atop Manhattan's Museum Mile: Africa

Eric J. Henderson | Posted 09.25.2011 | Arts
Eric J. Henderson

The Museum of African Art is scheduled to open in 2012. It won't be, however, a new institution. In its pending form, it is a 90,000 sq ft structure that even in its skeleton state seems to carry the weight of the Continent, the Diaspora, New York City, and Art itself.

STOLEN ART: Sotheby's Cancels Sale of Looted Benin Oba Mask

The Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Sotheby's has scrapped its February sale of a controversial £4.5m mask believed to have been looted by British forces from 19th-century West Africa. ...

WATCH: INTERNATIONAL ART: World Festival Of Black Arts And Cultures In Dakar This Month

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

1966 marked the first ever World Festival of Black Arts and Cultures held in Dakar, Senegal; this celebratory event brought together people of differe...

The Museum of Arts and Design Is Dissolving the Idea of Africa "As We Know It"

Lia Petridis Maiello | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Lia Petridis Maiello

The "Global Africa Project" exhibit demonstrates a clear and thoughtful "third way" in terms of how to create economic sustainability in Africa.

FILM RETROSPECTIVE: Ousmane Sembene's 'African Stories,' On View At Walker Art Center

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

WHO: Ousmane Sembene WHAT: African Stories- Film Retrospective WHEN: November 5- November 20, 2010 WHERE: Walker Art Center Walker Cinema, 1750 Hen...

MUSEUM SPOTLIGHT: San Francisco's Museum of the African Diaspora

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

SPOTLIGHT ON... Museum of the African Diaspora 685 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94105-4126 ABOUT THE MUSEUM: An international museum, based in S...