Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Kudzanai Chiurai. Photo: afrika-news.com

Kudzanai Chiurai, Art as a Tool of Cultural Activist

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Kudzanai Chiurai is an artist and activist born in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe in 1981, where he currently lives and works. He became the first black student to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Pretoria, South Africa where he has spent most of the last years.
Omar Victor Diop - LIBERTY - SELMA, 2016. Photo: omarviktor.com

Omar Victor Diop, The Power of Contemporary Photography

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Omar Victor Diop was born in Dakar, Senegal in 1980. Since he was a child, he had a great interest in photography and design, using this interest as a means to achieve to capture the diversity within modern societies and lifestyles in his native Africa.
Jean Dubuffet. Photo: Courtesy of Pelham

The large-scale work that Jean Dubuffet never saw and Art News of the Week...

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The organizers of Art Basel Miami Beach have decided to cancel the event until next year. ‘Beyond the Streets’ will launch a new online art fair for December 5th and 6th. The Massachusetts-based Cordova Sculpture Park and Museum have named Sonya Clark as the winner of this year's $35,000 Rappaport Award.
Eniwaye Oluwaseyi, The Breakfast (2020). Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Destinee Ross-Sutton 2020

Speculation on the Black Artists Market and Art News of the Week 10 –...

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Luchita Hurtado died last August 13 at age 99 in his home in Santa Monica, United States. Tarek Atoui has won the Suzanne Deal Booth / FLAG Art Foundation prize for 2022.
The Hikers, 2019. Photo: Hauser & Wirth

Rashid Johnson – The Escape Artist

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Johnson is well known for incorporating a wide range of everyday objects and materials into his work, often reflecting back to his childhood and referencing aspects of his African American heritage; the cultural identity mixed with symbolism he calls appropriated history.
"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.
Romuald Hazoumè - Rat-Singer, Second to God. Photo: Flikr

Romuald Hazoumè, Art Out of Discarded Materials

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Multi-disciplinary 3D artist and sculptor Yoruba artist, Romuald Hazoumè works with recycled materials, photography, film-making and assemblage of large installations. His appropriation of found objects are reconstructed in unfamiliar assemblages.

African Heroes: How Art Teaches Us About Their Struggles

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Africa is home to some of the world’s first discoveries of art created by ancient civilisations who first expressed their cultural characteristics with cave paintings. From then until now African artists have given us an insight into the history of this vast continent.
Bench “Bikla”, 2003 (source: Univers de Kossi ASSOU)

Kossi Assou, Pioneer of African Design

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Kossi Assou is a pioneer of African design and one of the most influential African artists of his generation. He deeply marked the African contemporary art with his works.
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.