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African Art Outlook for September

Posted in Events  |  September 07, 2019
As interest in contemporary African art continues to grow, we identified several events that are worth visiting in September. From Chicago to Johannesburg, we’ve got you covered with a quick guide of what to discover this month. So, we’ve rounded up our favorite events of September featuring African and Africa related art practices and projects.

African Photography: Documentary, Part 9

Posted in Photography  |  August 24, 2019
Today, African photographers are more interested in depicting contemporary Africans in ordinary situations. They create their unique visual language to build imagery on the complexity of daily life, using various forms of photographic practice including video, filmmaking, and multimedia installations. They are exploring the dizzying topics of urban transformation, massive migration, and social adaptation that form the realities of diverse groups across Africa.

African Art Outlook for August

Posted in Events  |  August 03, 2019
As interest in contemporary African art continues to grow, we identified several events that are worth visiting in August. From Bonn to Johannesburg, 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 Photography: Studio Portraiture, Part 10

Posted in Photography  |  July 27, 2019
Today, a new generation of visual artists is using multiple platforms to push their ideas. Often working at the confluence of fashion, portraiture, and documentary photography, they are using their skills as a means of self-exploration and communication. They capture the aesthetics of diversity in relation to prevailing conventional ideas of beauty and power. The images are reflective of the photographer’s own desire to better know and understand a condition that exists in the periphery of our world.

In Conversation with Amy Sherald

Posted in Art Market  |  July 20, 2019
Amy Sherald explores the ways people construct and perform their identities in response to political, social, and cultural expectations. Her portrait paintings offer a critical view of African-American cultural history and the representation of their body. Known for using a grayscale palette to paint skin tones, Sherald challenges the accepted notions of race and representation. Her subjects are painted against highly-saturated pastel backgrounds that evoke a sense of timeless identity.