3 Young Black artists are making waves at auctions
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Tschabalala Self, Out of Body, 2015
Tschabalala Self, Out of Body, 2015

3 Young Black artists, Tschabalala Self, Toyin Ojih Odutola and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, set new records at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips’ Contemporary Art Auctions in London.

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LR Vandy creates Contemporary African masks to recount hidden female stories.
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Lisa Vandy, These Women Series,
Lisa Vandy, These Women Series, Courtesy of the Artist and October Gallery

An all-female colony has descended upon the October Gallery for the opening of LR Vandy’s first solo show, Hidden. Cast in bronze and jesmonite, miniature workers in cylindrical forms, have taken pride of place atop plinths in the center of the main gallery;

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Land of Ibeji, wins one of the Contemporary African Photography prizes at Basel.
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Bénédicte Kurzen and Sanne De Wilde, Land of Ibeji
Bénédicte Kurzen and Sanne De Wilde, Land of Ibeji

Land of Ibeji, the photography series that examines the mythology of twinhood in Nigeria was announced as one of the five winners of the 8th edition of CAP Prize – (Contemporary African Photography) at Photo Basel.

The prize rewards photo projects by artists of any nationality that engage with issues pertaining to the African continent or its diaspora.

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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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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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