Africa State of Mind does not pander to expectations audiences might have or desire of African artists, instead allowing for these artists from 11 different countries to devise their own frameworks for understanding the places they are from.
Laura De Becker’s first major exhibition at the University of Michigan Museum of Art puts its expansive historical African art holdings in conversation with contemporary art of the continent.
PARIS — In his prescient book Black Sculpture (1915), Carl Einstein describes certain transcendent examples of African sculpture as a form of “fixed ecstasy.”
Wander into the British Museum’s Great Court these days, and you’ll encounter two large, black and gold Moko Jumbie sculptures guarding the staircases on either side.
A legal battle is brewing over a sculpture by Mozambican artist Gonçalo Mabunda after customs officials, considering it a weapon, confiscated it from its owner.
SEATTLE — The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) attempts to confront the nuanced subtext of its vast collection of African masks in the ambitious and delightful exhibition Disguise: Masks and Global African Art.
Boundary lines make up much of the Richard Taittinger Gallery’s current exhibit, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? — lines that, like borders, criss and cross, divide and obscure.
It may at first thought seem odd that the newest addition to Frieze Week in New York is a fair devoted to contemporary African art.
When a dozen weather-worn wood sculptures from southeastern Nigeria debuted in a Paris gallery in 1974, they were radically different from any African art that had been exhibited in the West.
Last year, Alexandra Thom spent ten illustrious months on Wikipedia. Thom, with a grant from the Kress Foundation, helped fill the gaps about art and culture on Wikipedia using the collection of the Brooklyn Museum and the expertise of its curatorial department.
On December 11, performance artist and sculptor Angela Freiberger offered a succinct and touching “Homage to Mandela” at the Tambaran Gallery.
Popularly known as the “Krugier-Picasso mask,” a 19th century West African mask that will be part of the Jan Krugier Collection sale at Christie’s on November 4 was an important inspiration to Pablo Picasso, who captured its semi-circular mouth with the pointed tongue in several of his paintings, including his 1937 masterpiece “Guernica.”