African art

 
Art fair ­offers more than sales
Art fair ­offers more than sales
Art fairs, as fancy and glamorous as they seem, are annual sobering reminders that art, which is fondly framed as having “cultural value”, is...
​Joël Mpah Dooh’s latest work explores the idea of collective fragility
​Joël Mpah Dooh’s latest work explores the idea of collective fragility
Cameroonian artist Joël Mpah Dooh’s new work, Since We Last Met, is a “polite” way of introducing some of the trauma he has been processing since his 
​A multiverse of experiences at Fantastic exhibition
​A multiverse of experiences at Fantastic exhibition
Around the time of the collapse of TB Joshua’s hostel in Lagos, an event in which a supposed life restorer cheaply turned the death of more than...
The struggling artist narrative is dated - good business comes down to a fine art
The struggling artist narrative is dated - good business comes down to a fine art
"There is no money in the arts" is an adage accepted by artists and laymen alike. Degrees in the humanities and the arts are often not taken...
Nita Spilhaus in the Cape: More than a picture book
Nita Spilhaus in the Cape: More than a picture book
Who is included, who is praised as a genius and who is omitted altogether from the annals of art history are decisions that have more to do...
An art exhibition that curates complex identities
An art exhibition that curates complex identities
Being and Becoming: Complexities of the African Identity is an art exhibition that explores the idea of identity. Its central theme is...
African Flavour Books: Vaal’s little piece of heaven
African Flavour Books: Vaal’s little piece of heaven
Fortescue Helepi, the owner of African Flavour Books, says he has put almost every cent he has earned over the past three years into his bookstore...
Mawande ka Zenzile finds lost knowledge
Mawande ka Zenzile finds lost knowledge
To re-examine the format of art exhibition reviews, we asked University of the Witwatersrand school of arts education lecturer Rangoato Hlasane and...
Disguise: How artists are reinventing African masquerade
Disguise: How artists are reinventing African masquerade
"This debt we pay to human guile; with torn and bleeding hearts we smile," wrote African-American poet Paul Dunbar in his 1896 poem, We Wear the Mask. About 100 years later the Fugees rapped, "Put...
Museums and looted art: the ethical dilemma of preserving world cultures
Museums and looted art: the ethical dilemma of preserving world cultures
Every month produces new cases of the "repatriation" of antiquities from American museums to their countries of origin.
Africa emerges as the new China in global art market
Africa emerges as the new China in global art market
South African contemporary artists are becoming increasingly popular abroad and are fast gaining a reputation as "global rock stars".

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