Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Artwork in the GAWU series. Photo: WikiCommons

El Anatsui – The Godfather of Recycled Art

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El Anatsui is a very clever and gifted artist. No one else can do what he does and make it look that easy. Born in 1944 in Ghana the youngest of 32 children, El Anatsui is the godfather of recycled art.
The Sun, 2000. An Acrylic work on canvas. Photo: nytimes

Yue Minjun – Obsession or self-obsession?

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Yue Minjun has a funny way of expressing himself. Best known as a self-portrait artist, taken to posing in various settings but with only one face, a grimace. Is this Cynical Realism or just...
Peju-alatise-just-one-night

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.
Shahzia Sikander. Photo: Courtesy of Shahzia Sikander

The Neo-Miniature Painting of Shahzia Sikander

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Shahzia Sikander is a Pakistani-American visual artist born in 1969 in Lahore, Pakistan. Sikander works with different media such as painting, printmaking, drawing, video, animation, installation, and performance.
Maebel, 2012. Photo: MoMA

Toyin Ojih Odutola Writes A Love Letter to Black Britain

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Toyin Ojih Odutola is a Nigerian-American contemporary visual artist known for her vivid multimedia drawings in various mediums, and these examine the reshaping of identity through a diverse range of sources and modes of story-telling.
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…
Damián Ortega. Photo: art21.org

Damián Ortega, Using Everyday Things to Create Timeless Works

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Damián Ortega is a Mexican artist born in Mexico City in 1967. He has lived between Berlin and Mexico since 2006 and currently presents his installations internationally. He is known for the quality and originality of his installations, such as Cosmic Thing presented for the first time at the 50th Venice Biennial in 2002.
Tonto and the Lone Ranger, 2014, bronze with patina. Photo: Courtesy of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

A Portrait of David Bradley

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David Bradley’s art tells you stories about his commitment to social and political issues, especially those affecting first nation Americans. His paintings tell tales about American commercialism and the Indian tourist culture. But his love of native Americans doesn’t stop him from some gentle ridicule.
MAQUEII 2002. Photo: Courtesy Goodman Gallery

Tracey Rose – Contributing to History

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It’s not every artist who is brave and committed enough to shave her entire body and make an art piece with the hair while filming using surveillance cameras, Introducing Tracey Rose.
"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.