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February 2015

African Art: Spotlight on Major Exhibitions, Part 3

Posted in Art Market  |  February 28, 2015
In the 1980s, a series of path-breaking exhibitions helped to clearly define contemporary African art. Until then, aesthetic appreciation of African artworks has concentrated on wooden masks and figural sculptures with a disregard for individual authorship and date of production. It was as if they had no history prior to entering a European art collection. So, we identified some exhibitions that emerged to challenge stereotypes, and featured artists who didn’t have the anonymity of tribal artists.

Five of the Most Inspiring African Architects

Posted in Design  |  February 21, 2015
Architects typically express their art on a larger scale than painters or sculptors do. Their work is more visible and has a greater influence on us in the long term. They are able to make a city even more beautiful. As architecture surrounds us daily, we live and work in buildings that protect us. Indeed, buildings are both a practical necessity and an artistic expression of a culture.

African Art: Spotlight on Biennials, Part 3

Posted in Art Market  |  February 14, 2015
Almost every year since 2003, a new biennial appears on the African continent reflecting the vitality and creativity of contemporary artists. Each biennial is indispensable as a way of replenishing the visual outlook on the culture of the continent. Through artistic residences, workshops, debates, and conferences, each biennial participates in the promotion of African art worldwide. Following the series started in Part 1 and Part 2, we’ll focus on the last African biennials created recently.

African Art: Spotlight on Biennials, Part 2

Posted in Art Market  |  February 07, 2015
Biennials are opening everywhere mainly supported by public institutions and often by private initiatives. Each biennial helps the hosting country to promote its culture around themes that invite artists to revisit the past or share their vision of the future. Some biennials give opportunities to otherwise overlooked artists working locally. While others emphasize on international cast of exhibiting artists. We’ll continue below with the list of ongoing African biennials started in Part 1.