Art dealers and collectors from South Africa have voiced their anger and frustration at the sudden travel ban which has quashed their Art Basel Miami Beach plans.
The show titled (West) African Renaissance is a collaboration between Christie's Dubai and Gallery 1957. It features established and emerging African painters.
Fred Ebami is bringing his colorful depictions on exhibition in Lagos for the first time with the goal of wanting his art to touch as many people as possible.
Talk about film, music, or fashion, but a discussion on African arts cannot be complete without an element of paintings and sculpture as symbolized with the success of art fairs and exhibitions.
Adnew’s works are done in acrylic and his vigorous tones and strokes evoke a deep appreciation for the use of patterns in contemporary African art.
The international art fair concluded its physical outing on Sunday, signaling hope to the rest of the continent about the re-emergence of contemporary African art on the art events calendar.
“24 Hours of the Smithsonian in Lagos” brings together the U.S., Nigeria, and African diaspora through the worlds of film, art, photography, and fashion in an event in Lagos.
This is amidst plans to return the artifacts back to Nigeria. The Museum's director reiterates; "We cannot build for the future without making our best effort at healing the wounds of the past."
The University of Aberdeen presented a Benin bronze sculpture that depicts the head of an Oba (King) to delegates from the Benin royal kingdom and officials of the Nigerian government.
The debut NFT collection made up of fifty-two (52) digital pieces from famous South African artist Norman Catherine was sold out to the tune of US$53,000.
Sotheby's says it aims for the Metaverse to be a gathering point for the world of digital artists, NFT enthusiasts, and collectors starting with “Natively Digital 1.2: The Collectors”
'Framing Her' features eighty-three artworks from nineteen different artists spanning the three floors of GAIA House in Victoria Island, Lagos.
The Bronze cockerel, part of the Benin Bronze loot of 1897, was gifted to Jesus College in 1905, and will now be returned to Nigerian officials on the 27th of this month.
The government says it is accelerating the construction of a royal palace museum in the palace of the Oba of Benin where the returned Benin objects will be kept.
A report by Vera Albino co-published with the World Trademark Review.
The Canadian media outfit's NFT collectibles will feature Drake, Grimes, Seth Rogan, and other Canadian artists that have defined the country's art and entertainment history.
The Rijksmuseum, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, is exhibiting the two earliest portraits of African men in the history of European art together for the first time in 500 years.
A guild of artists and bronze casters from Benin City have offered to donate contemporary bronze artworks to the British Museum for the museum to return the looted Benin Bronzes in its possession.
An artist commissioned by a Dutch museum to recreate two artworks examining labor, income, and the value of work has returned two blank canvases he titled Take The Money and Run.
The $69m record NFT painting Beeple’s Everydays: The First 5,000 Days is having its first public outing as a party-themed first-of-its-kind NFT immersive experience titled Dreamverse.
The renowned Nigerian contemporary artist is using the power of portraiture to probe the complex layers of history connecting the African continent with the West with 20 paintings on display.
Two new reports released by Corrigall & Co. have shown that the secondary market for modern and contemporary African art has seen a recovery after the impact of Covid-19.
Oil paintings are a dominant feature in the works of Nigerian painters, with many of them achieving global recognition. These five paintings are representatives of this fact.
With the belief that using NFTs to bring Africa’s distinct culture to a broader audience, an NFT marketplace is combining blockchain technology, African art, and culture to create legacy pieces.
A couple in Bujumbura has opened La Maison du Bois, a woodwork company to train local youths to make household objects using wood.
The art award is designed to support emerging African artists in their careers, responding to the challenges of practicing on the continent.
Following on the back of artists who have made millions of dollars from NFT art, Sotheby’s has sold a Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT for a record $2.25m, with the lot estimated to rake in $12-18m.
Drake has announced that Certified Lover Boy drops on September 3 and there's a curious cover art by Damien Hirst to accompany it.
The $25m gift from the Bank of America has been apportioned onto the initiative -- "Our Shared Future: Reckoning with the Racial Past".
Three paintings by the Ghanaian figurative painter were launched into space this morning aboard Jeff Bezos' suborbital rocket in a never-been-done out-of-Earth feat.
The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse show by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts critically examines the intermingling of visual and sound art with a Southern twist.
While European museums acknowledge the tainted colonial legacy of looted art objects in their possession and begin restitution, museums in the U.S. grapple with the morality of keeping their acquired artifacts.
“Come celebrate with me that every day something has tried to kill me and has failed” reads the welcoming slogan of this exhibition that reflects the everyday lives of Black people through a non-traumatic lens.
Toledo Museum of Art has acquired Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu's sculpture The Seated II (2019) as one of two monumental outdoor sculptures for its verdant 40-acre campus.
One of the Autumn Art calendar highlights, Frieze Sculpture Park, a free-to-enter outdoor sculpture exhibition, is making a comeback after a hard year of lockdowns and uncertainties.
A docu-series ordered by the BBC will explore the transformational effect of Black artists and creatives on popular culture and how we express ourselves through language, style, and music.
The ‘Jazz and Blues at Night’ exhibition featuring paintings and collages by South African artist Sam Nhlengethwa celebrates Black pioneers of the Jazz era in America and South Africa.
Artists, organizations, and researchers from sub-Saharan Africa and UK partners are encouraged to apply for the British Council SSA Arts Cultural Exchange to get up to £30,000 in grants.
Figurative painter Amoako Boafo has been commissioned to create a three-panel painting that will fly into space this fall on the outside of one of Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin rockets.
For the 2021 return of the "Say it Loud" exhibition, the curators aim to provide a necessary and ongoing global platform for amplifying and celebrating individual Black artists’ distinct perspectives, narratives, and lenses.
The “Mother of Mankind” exhibition showcases 32 artworks that center on the subject of black femininity and help the audience peer into the lives, dreams, and imaginations of African women.
To create a permanent tribute to the racial justice movement, Francis took plywood used to board up storefronts across the city and turned it into a sculpture called "RockIt Black."
Featuring over 300 works from the 8th century-15th century AD, “Caravans of Gold” features archaeological works from public collections in Africa, the U.S., or Europe that were legally exported from their country of origin.
Keeping up with the latest works from contemporary African artists is imperative to an art collector, enthusiast and these authoritative Instagram pages will point you in the best direction.
The fund will go into expanding the Baltimore Museum of Art's acquisition of African art collection and related research and publications to portray the full variety of African artistic expression.
The Original Immersive Van Gogh Experience is a 3-D environment where you find yourselves in several of Van Gogh’s most celebrated paintings and led through a visual and theatrical experience.
The Rosa Parks Museum of Troy University exhibition in Alabama aims to reclaim racist depictions of Black people using representational art forms from the Jim Crow era.
After a year-long delay, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is set to begin and this hotel in Japan is using art to stand out to guests that will troop into the Asian capital city for the world's biggest sporting event.
The works encompass themes of social commentary, street culture, environmental preservation, and surrealism through portraiture and landscape.
Pottery is an important traditional African art form that has survived to the present time. But how has contemporary African pottery refined the art and science of this historic process of artistry?
The art thief has confessed to the heist and gave details on how the heist was planned for six months in advance and executed without being caught in 2012.
This solo exhibition by South African artist Simphiwe Ndzube highlights the rising influence and clamor for African art and artists in the international art scene.
Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung has been appointed as the next director of Germany's House of World Cultures to continue the preservation of the institution as a platform for discussion.
The mask was adopted by 59 Black and African countries as a symbol of African art and culture but is sadly one of the Benin art objects looted by the British in 1897.
A Rembrandt painting that has been incomplete for 300 years was restored to its original form using Artificial intelligence.
The exhibition combines the past and present in revealing stories of racism, oppression, hope, resilience, and identity.
The auction house makes this first-of-its-kind move that signals a radical change towards acceptance of crypto in the global art market.
"Things that have been stolen or acquired by violence should be returned,” the director of the Royal Museum of Central Africa opined.
The replica known as "Hekking Mona Lisa" sold for $3.4million at a Christie's auction in Paris.
It's Father's Day and many people are at a loss of what to get their dads. Here are African art gift ideas that will definitely impress Dad and encapsulate your gratitude and love.
Organizers of the Artes Mundi award announced that the 2021 prize will go to all six nominees who will share the £60,000 prize money.
Three Aspiring Designer Grants worth $10,000 each will go to Black designers between the ages of 18 and 30, while a $100,000 Small Business Grant will be given to a Black-led design business.
Only about 45 original works of the musical icon David Bowie are known to exist and one has been found in a thrift shop in Canada going for $5.
The Carabinieri in Italy are still puzzled about the whereabouts of 120 works by Modigliani, Monet that vanished into thin air from national broadcaster.
The African American figurative painter, Ernie Barnes' 1976 oil painting, "The Grapevine", celebrating a community of Black women has sold for $75,000 at an auction.
The iconic New York museum joins museums in Germany in committing to return the artifacts that were looted from the old Benin Empire in 1894.
Wiley's "Saint Adelaide" is an eight-foot-tall stained-glass portrait that centres a contemporary young Black man created in 2014.
A dog rescued from a shelter has proven to be a proficient painter, earning $14,000 for the sale of her paintings and garnering 500,000 followers on Facebook.
As Laurence des Cars takes on the lead at the Louvre in Paris, here are the points that scored her as the best candidate for the job.
An oil painting believed to be the work of Rembrandt has been proven to be a fake.
Alessia Babrow is suing for $160,000 in damages after her "Just Use It" image of Christ was used by the Vatican for its 2020 Easter stamp merchandise.
The anti-colonialist heroine, fondly referred to as Mbuya, was hanged in 1898 after she led a rebellion against white occupation.
The newly-formed heritage board has "the duty to give a comprehensive, balanced account of the past."
Culture Pass, as the program is called, is a long-conceived initiative by French President Emmanuel Macron to fund cultural activities for young people nationally.
Renowned Johannesburg art gallery, The Melrose Art Gallery, has lined up two compelling exhibitions featuring works by South Africa's Sfiso Ka-Mkame and Sudan's Hussein Salim.
The exhibition is aimed at intimating observers and guests with the country's 250-year colonialist period, with a focus on the trans-Atlantic slave trade operated by the Dutch West India Company.
One art lover encapsulated the feeling of everyone on the queue when she told Newschain; “It will be amazing to be able to stand in front of the artwork, the real thing,” she said. “I’ve got very bored of staring at a computer screen.”
Interpol, the global network of international police organization, last week, launched an app, named ID-Art, which will make the process of identifying and reporting stolen works an easy task for anyone with a smartphone.
According to Ms Gwilliam, she took on the project to "share moments of positivity" during the pandemic and create happy memories for the families.
Museums and galleries in France have been green-lit to reopen for public visits this week and billionaire business magnate Francois Pinault is seizing the opportunity to show off his large contemporary art collection in Paris, at a private museum, blocks away from the Louvre.
Knowing the difference between a sculpture and a statue is even more relevant in curating African art because they feature prominently in both historical and contemporary African art.
The slogan is associated with the campaign against violence against women and it reinforces the idea that victim-blaming shouldn't be encouraged and the shame or prevention of wrongdoing shouldn't be borne entirely by the receiving party.
Visits to the sculpture are designed to be interactive as visitors will be able to activate a QR code near the sculpture and ask the “oracle” figure a question. They may then receive an answer from one of several unnamed celebrities, who will take turns answering queries.
Central to the theme of race and social change is the 2016 issue by Aperture magazine, The Vision & Justice Project, an assessment of photography in the African American experience.
Public Art: 12-Foot Puppet of Syrian Girl Travels Through Europe to Raise Awareness on Refugees' Plight
The ambitious campaign started by Good Chance theater company is a project titled The Walk. Planned to kick off in the summer, The Walk will see a 12-foot puppet of a Syrian girl journey 5,000 miles across Europe.
The rare sculpture believed to depict Persephone, the Greek goddess queen of the underworld and wife of Hades, was looted from Libya in 2011.
Limited by the Pandemic, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Showcases Textile Centerpiece in Christie's Lobby Gallery
The exhibition will bring together textile artworks female artists from Africa and the diaspora.
Ten of the artworks, formerly misidentified, have now been correctly attributed to eastern and southern African artists such as South Africa's Lucky Sibya, and Zambia's famous painter, Henry Tayali.
Since the Modern and Contemporary African Art auction category was created by Sotheby's four years ago, it has achieved over 80 record-breaking sales.
A Brazilian city is on the verge of completing a sculpture of Jesus Christ that will rival and even dominate over Rio de Janeiro's famous 'Christ The Redeemer' Statue.
Also included is a partnership between Nigeria and Germany in which the European country will participate in archaeological excavations in Benin City.
For Elizabeth Armstrong, who served as the director of the museum from 2014 to 2018, the statue which exposes Marilyn's derriere is "the opposite of anything the museum stands for.”
The seller has now pulled the auction listing of the drawing after Basquiat's estate challenged their right to sell the original artwork.
The evaluation by Pulini confirmed that the painting which would have been sold for a little over a paltry thousand euro is actually worth millions as it's a true Caravaggio.
Chojnicka’s absent-minded activity of running her fork along the outside of the peel has resulted in what can best be described as bruised banana art.
Internet giant Google, today, showcased Nigeria's commercial capital and stylized Centre of Excellence, Lagos, with a digital multimedia x-ray of its people, streets, places, and undefeated art, cultural, and entertainment scene.
The arrival of spring is a good opportunity to study the profound influence of this radiant season on art and artistic expression. Spring art as a genre is usually dominated by vibrant colors, flowers, greenery, clear blue skies, rushing meadows, and glistening waters.
Their awareness campaign involves creating a series of eight greyscale portraits of people, all different looking, with a blue surgical mask on their faces, as wall art at the toll plaza leading to the airport.
Quarantine Art: This Photograph featuring a surrealist Painting perfectly renders our present reality
As the Christie’s attendant almost becomes part of the artwork, the image strikes you as a symbolism for the social distancing and separation we have all had to practice while in quarantine as we communicate with family and neighbors through windows or from distances away.
As the worst of the coronavirus pandemic gets behind France, the country's museums, famous among art lovers, look to reopen to the public by next month when the third lockdown gets phased out.
A massive collection of African art, political and cultural studies archive, which include historical documentation, books, and films, stored at the University of Cape Town’s Jagger Library in South Africa have been destroyed by the wildlife which engulfed the university this week.
When a children's art teacher at an after-school art club supposedly told a six-year-old that her art was “wrong”, little did they know that this negative verdict would snowball into an internet viral sensation.
The history of African art and its journey to modern and contemporary times contain many insights, significance, and meaning as well as some interesting facts that will help in understanding and appreciating the evolution of African art.
To encourage more New Yorkers to be a part of #TeamVaccinated, New York Mayor announced that they can now get their vaccine under the famous Blue Whale suspended from the ceiling of the Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History.
Street Artist Whose $500,000 Painting Was Accidentally Defaced by Spectators in Seoul Gallery Finally Reacts
According to JonOne, when he first learned of the damage, his reaction was “what is this shit?” But then, it made him think about how in today’s world we’re all so closely linked.
Nature photography tends to focus more on the aesthetic value of the photo, thus, they often compare closer to art than most other photography types. Subsequently, Nature photographs are a favorite for publications such as travel and cultural magazines.
3D printing is the latest technology to come to the rescue when an Italian museum needed to make the life-sized replica of the 520-year-old Michelangelo’s David sculpture available halfway around the world without moving the real edifice from the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence.
The centerpiece of the mural is Beatrice the elephant, designed to celebrate individuality and remembering moments to treasure. Pritti Saggi and Sarah Harrison asked local children to come up with paintings, which Sarah copied on the wall.
A day after that announcement, the National Museum of Ireland has now committed to returning the twenty-one pieces of Benin artifacts in its chest to Nigeria.
Born in New Jersey, USA, to Nigerian parents, Gbadebo, who is now based in Newark, disclosed that she sourced Black human hair from her local community barbershops and those in Nigeria and Morocco as well.
A Picasso portrait up for auction next month at Christie's is projected to attract fifty-five million dollars, making a case for the return of the art market's confidence after a devastating year.
There are concerns among fans and admirers of the hugely successful 2D minimalist art-styled multi-player game of teamwork and betrayal, ‘Among Us’, over the creators' plan to upgrade the game's visual art style.
The mystery behind the identity of the true creator of the world's most expensive painting is set to be put to rest in this French documentary.
This physical New York gallery has the perfect solution for the future of digital art and NFTs.
Recently, the fair has adopted a growing focus on art from Africa and its diaspora, and this year’s crowd was obviously receptive to this trend as they readily doled out money to acquire the African art on display.
Dutch police announced on Tuesday that they have arrested a 58-year-old man on suspicion of stealing two yet-to-be-recovered paintings - one by Vincent van Gogh and the other by Frans Hals - from museums in the Netherlands.
Easter being the celebration of the most significant event in Christianity – one of the world’s most influential religions has been the subject of many famous paintings. These paintings help to add perspective and visual realism to the written account of the passion of Christ.
Protests and mass movements have been a vehicle for change and radical transformation of human society, and we have had fascinating pictures and images to ensure that the exact flow of events and people involved are not misrepresented or lost to future generations.
A new study has pushed that date back by a further 900 years, making the Shigir Idol to be about 12,500 years old.
With the tagline for this year’s Oscars being “Bring Your Movie Love,” the artists used illustration, motion design, painting, photography, and textile art to transport their personal inspirations and experiences.
The vandalized artwork was a 240cm by 700cm untitled artwork painted by Paris-based American graffiti artist JonOne, a k a John Andrew Perello, before a live audience in Seoul in 2016, and which is valued at $500,000.
Celebrated contemporary Nigerian female artist Marcellina Akpojotor collects scraps of Ankara fabric from tailors and fashion designers in the city of Lagos to create colorful portraits by employing collaging and traditional painting techniques.
Application for the 2021 Yaa Asentawaa Art Prize is now open and will close on 31 May 2021. The winner will be announced in August 2021.
The news marks an important milestone for the growing campaign across Europe for museums to restitute colonial objects from their collections.
Jacon Osinachi’s artworks Mirror Mirror and Am I Pretty sold on SuperRare for 9 ETH and 13.2 ETH respectively – $16,227 and $23,633 as at when the bids ended on March 14, while another digital art Resignation sold four days earlier for 20 ETH which was $35,919.
Art patrons and enthusiasts were dazzled with a range of artworks on display, evoking themes of womanhood, female friendships, and the pressure of domestic life on women.
Around the world, eco-artists are turning recyclables into creative pieces of art and thereby contributing to the clean earth movement taking place in different spheres of life.
The shortlist features some of the UK’s most innovative contemporary ceramic artists and reflects a range of approaches.