Sunday, October 25, 2020
Jenny Saville

Jenny Saville Paints at Night

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The use of oil paint in thick pink tones remind me of sophisticated beauty but mostly of a slain beast; images disappearing into each other, appearing again asking for us to pay attention to the detail.
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.
Conversation On A Pink Couch. Photo: playgrounddetroit.com

Gisela McDaniel – Art as Therapy

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Born in Cleveland and based in Detroit, McDaniel received her BFA from the University of Michigan. She describes herself as “a diasporic indigenous Chamorro feminist artist”.
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.
Poster for the Seville Fair 1966. Photo: aznalfarache

José Álvarez Gámez – The Artist that Doesn’t Exist

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José Álvarez Gámez was a creative visual artist born in 1925 in Spain and died in 1997. This is all we know about the man who created the most prolific and commercial art widely available in Andalusia today. When Gamez was 6 years old Spain was taken over by the general and dictator Francisco Franco. He rose to power during the bloody Spanish Civil War when, with the help of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, his Nationalist forces overthrew the democratically elected Second Republic, adopting the title of “El Caudillo”.
"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.
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.
Makgati Molebatsi

Women Are Doing it For Themselves

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From showcasing female art in front of wealthy Silicon Valley ‘techies’ to launching an annual art fair in Johannesburg and hosting an international art summit in Dharka – women curators are becoming a force to be reckoned with within the art world. And it’s not before time…
Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama – The Polka Dot Princess who Propositioned the President

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The story goes that Kusama sewed dollar bills into her kimono and set off across the Pacific determined to conquer New York. New York at that time was an intimidating place, particularly for anyone Japanese.
Tracey Emin opens her exhibition at the White Cube Bermondsey, London, 2019. Photo: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Tracey Emin, Enfant Terrible of British Contemporary Art

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Tracey Emin is a British conceptual artist born on July 3, 1963, in Croydon near London. She works with different techniques to achieve works with high autobiographical content. Tracey was part of the Young British Artists group and she was known as the "enfant terrible" of British contemporary art during the 1980s.