Thursday, July 2, 2020
Sotheby's online sales during pandemic. Photo: artmarketmonitor

New Auction Records For Five Artists Despite The Global Pandemic

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Just like everywhere else in the world, there has been a rush to get supplies to artists on lockdown so they can continue to produce work. Art galleries are focusing on online sales, content and maintaining contact with their audiences and collectors through various video platforms and social media.
Part of photo series "Faces and Phases". Photo: yonah.org

Zanele Muholi – Confronting stereotypes in South Africa

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South Africa is not an easy place to live of you’re a transgender or gay man and the series of photos called Beulahs 2006 shows the difficulties faced. The use of this name for the exhibition is interesting in itself - Beulah means married, a feminine given-name originated from a Hebrew word and used in the bible.
Kehinde Wiley at Seattle Art Museum

Kehinde Wiley: Without Saying a Word He Says So Much

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Born in 1977, the decade of great creativity, to a Nigerian father and African American mother Wiley is a product of his environment. Growing up in Los Angeles, California in the 1980s had its own challenges. Art and art school presented a way out of the hood for Wiley and his twin brother.
"The Lemon Bathing Suit", 2019. Photo: Art-Critique

Amoako Boafo aims to challenge the notion of Blackness

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Amoako Boafo knew from an early age he wanted to paint, to be an artist. Starting his journey at Ghanatta College of Arts and Design in Ghana, Boafo credits his peers for teaching him his art. A very generous statement from someone who is so clearly naturally talented and unusually modest.
The Purple Shall Govern (2013). Photo: Gallery MOMO

Mary Sibande – Post Apartheid Art

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Mary Sibande is a multi-talented artist from Johannesburg. Born in 1982. The South African artist’s art consists of sculptures, photography, paintings, and design. With her creations, she depicts black South Africans in a postcolonial context. Her work often focuses on her own personal experiences and black women during apartheid.
Primavera, 2015. Photo: October Gallery

Sokari Douglas Camp – A World Made of Steel

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Sokari Douglas Camp is an internationally renowned sculptor whose works are made primarily of steel. Her large scale sculptures often make reference to her Nigerian roots but at the same time representing contemporary international issues.
Peju Alatise - Just-One-Night (photo: afroculture.net)

Trending Contemporary African Artists to Keep an Eye on

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The large continent is full of artists, not just El Anatsui, who has been the only artist that Westerners can cite as an African artist for the last 40 years. For years, contemporary African art has been attracting the attention of investors and collectors worldwide and even more in recent years.
Forbidden Fruit Picker (2015) - Collage painting. Photo: I am Africa

Wangechi Mutu – Hybrid Art

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Wangechi Mutu is a Kenyan-American visual artist widely known for her collages, films, sculptures and installations. Her art reflects on sexuality, femininity, ecology, politics, the world and the futile but often damaging efforts of humans to control it.
The-Egg-2016-oil-and-acrylic-on-canvas

Kudzanai-Violet Hwami, Art Miles Away From Home

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Kudzanai-Violet Hwami is one of the youngest emerging contemporary African artists. Her vivid work is deeply connected to issues surrounding diaspora, displacement and identity.
Shonibare

Black is Back in Britain – But Then, has it Ever Really Gone Away?

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Last summer Tate Britain celebrated 50 years of Black Art. The walls in the rooms at Somerset House, where the Get Up Stand Up Nowexhibition took place, featured photos from the likes of Armet Francis and Vanley Burke, canvases from contemporary painter Grace Wales Bonner and film clips directed by Jenn Nkiru.