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Insight on the Restitution of African Artworks in Europe

Publié dans Art Market  |  août 28, 2021
There are ongoing debates around the restitution of stolen objects and artifacts from Western museums to their African countries of origin. Most of these African art items were collected over the last two centuries, during the colonial era. Up until recently, the lack of legal framework and the rigidity of some European countries have prevented their museums from repatriating these disputed collections. More people started to express their opinions on such issues with the eruption of the Black Lives Matter movement, prompting European institutions to find a response for demands of objects restitution.

African Art Outlook for August

Publié dans Events  |  août 07, 2021
Since the global expansion of the covid-19, many contemporary African art events have been cancelled, postponed, or transitioned to virtual exhibitions. Some galleries are opened for exhibition visits by appointment. From Venice to Kampala, we’ve got you covered with a quick guide of what to discover this month. So, we’ve rounded up our favorite events of August featuring African and Africa related art practices and projects.

African Art: Spotlight on Art Museums, Part 7

Publié dans Art Market  |  juillet 17, 2021
Understanding that most of their national museums are old, African countries need to rejuvenate their cultural landscape with new museums. These buildings will host permanent collections of contemporary African art as well as pre-colonial and modern art. With thousands of African artifacts scattered throughout various museums in Europe, people are questioning whether Africa has the capability to safeguard their looted objects once they get them back. That’s why the recent opening of new museums all over the continent appears at the right time.

African Art Outlook for July

Publié dans Events  |  juillet 03, 2021
Since the global expansion of the covid-19, many contemporary African art events have been cancelled, postponed, or transitioned to virtual exhibitions. Some galleries are opened for exhibition visits by appointment. From Los Angeles to Luanda, we’ve got you covered with a quick guide of what to discover this month. So, we’ve rounded up our favorite events of July featuring African and Africa related art practices and projects.

Four of the Most Inspiring African-American Textile Artists

Publié dans Design  |  juin 19, 2021
Textile art is an old form of craft which spreads beyond the borders of art into fashion, science, and technology. Since the women’s liberation movement, it underwent its own revolution with artists questioning what can be considered a textile and how a textile can be considered art. Contemporary textile art is more often a conceptual tool, influenced by postmodernist ideals and the experimental spirit of the artists who confront social and political issues.