For emerging artists: 5 art opportunities to boost your career
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Abstract African art

For young and emerging African artists or by and large Black artists, the road to success oftentimes has the appearance of an obstacle course. We are taking one hurdle away with the list of open calls for application and other time-sensitive opportunities in the art world. Share with other fellow artists and good luck with your art journey.

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Sotheby’s 4th auction of Modern and Contemporary African Art brings in £2.3Million.
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Sotheby's Installation view of Modern and Contemporary African Art March 2019
Sotheby’s Installation view of Modern and Contemporary African Art, March 2019

It took about an hour and a half to auction off 53 of the 75 lots assembled for the 4th edition of Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary African Art Auction. The total of £2.3million (£2,316,625 to be specific) is very close to the £2,274,625 achieved in October of last year.

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Montresso Foundation: an art haven on the doorsteps of Marrakesh
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Indiscipline, Montresso Art Foundation, Marrakesh
Indiscipline, Montresso Art Foundation, Feb 2019 Cyril Boixel_hd-24

It is a relatively short journey (30 min drive). Away from the noise and the frantic activity of the Marrakesh Medina, the 30-minute road trip propels you into a different world, a quieter world that softly bristles with creative activities: welcome to the Montresso Art Foundation.

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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair: Beyond the return to Marrakesh
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Entrance 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair
Entrance 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair Marrakesh

The Marrakesh edition of the Contemporary African Art fair 1:54 returned from February 21st to 24th.

With a total of 18 galleries and 60 artists, the fair held at the luxurious hotel La Mamounia remained a compact show even when compared to the London and New York editions.

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7 ways love is depicted in the work of black visual artists
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Seidou Keita

From Rodin’s marble sculpture to Rembrandt’s Jewish Bride and Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss, love has long been a reoccurring and popular theme in art. What is less so, is the representation of Black people showing the same sentiment.

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An Arty start to 2019: 9 Contemporary African Art exhibitions not to miss in London
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Jean David Nkot, Po Box 237_Dream Ligne 2018, Courtesy Sulger-Buel Lovell
Jean David Nkot, Po Box 237_Dream Ligne 2018, Courtesy Sulger-Buel Lovell

The consistent, upward trajectory of the African Art market shows no signs of abating. If anything, 2019 is promising to be yet again another record-breaking year after an extraordinary 2018.

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2018: An Afrocentric art world review
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Painting Papa Ibra Tall, The Warrior, 1966
Papa Ibra Tall, The Warrior, 1966

2018 has been an outstanding year for artists hailing from Africa and the diaspora. “African art” or more globally “Black Art” inclusive of artists from the diaspora remains a niche within the art world worth $63.7 billion

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The Shadowed People: Preserving humanity as the ultimate act of heroism
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Saidou Dicko, Happyness
Saidou Dicko, Happyness

At almost 40 years of age, artist Saidou Dicko has retained some of his childhood characteristics that are serving him well today, including a vivid imagination that fuelled his love of storytelling. Saidou Dicko has always told stories. As a young Fulani shepherd, the characters of his stories were forged by the elements.

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A captivating journey through Traditional African Ceremonies
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Left: Bamileke Elephant Mask, Cameroon | Right: Pende Kitenga Mask, DR Congo
Left: Bamileke Elephant Mask, Cameroon | Right: Pende Kitenga Mask, DR Congo

An extraordinary collection of photographs in the double volume book, African Twilight, uncovers the vibrant world of traditional ceremonies and rites of passage from birth to death.

The sheer numbers associated with Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher’s work is startling: 40 years spent travelling across the continent, photographing 150 communities in 48 of the continent’s 54 countries.

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The Disunited States of Africa
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Nú Barreto, Africa-renversante, renversee at Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris
Nú Barreto “Africa: Renversante, renversée,” Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris.

Nú Barreto’s gripping show “Africa: Renversante, renversée” confronts the Pan-African dream with the unpalatable reality of a fragmented continent.

Amidst the big headlines and hashtags of #Africaisthefuture, #Africanow, Nú Barreto’s first solo show at Galerie Nathalie Obadia is a hard-hitting exhibition,

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