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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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Piasa’s Contemporary African art auction exceeds expectation with €1M sales.
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Cristiano Mangovo Brás, Les cartes, 2018
Cristiano Mangovo Brás, Les cartes, 2018. Image from Piasa’s catalogue

The 8th edition of Piasa’s dedicated African Art auction closed with €1Million sales, above the total pre-sales high estimate of €885,900.

Piasa’s excellent Contemporary African Art sales were driven by 52% of the artwork being sold for at least twice their high estimate, largely making up for the 32% (53 lots) that had remained unsold.

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Nigerian Hybrid Culture through the eyes of 10 emerging artists
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Williams Chechet, Sani One Blow, 2016
Williams Chechet, Sani One Blow, 2016

There is historical evidence that the Portuguese were present on the west coast of Africa in the 15th Century. Present day Nigeria fell under British Rule in the 19th century with the official protectorate signed only in 1901.

What happens to people’s identity and culture after at least six centuries of international trade,

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Monthly round up: A look back at October
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Charles White, Nobody Knows My Name
Charles White, Nobody Knows My Name, Swann Galleries Catalogue

As expected, Frieze London prompted a host of activities and exhibition previews that made for a very hectic month. Elsewhere, from New York to Washington to Lagos, the global African Art calendar has been filled with events and significant achievements. Here is a recap of October to help you keep track of all the major news you may have missed.

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This weekend, Lagos became the beating heart of Contemporary African Art
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Artist Alimi Adewale in front of his paintings, Courtesy Arthouse Contemporary, ART X Lagos
Artist Alimi Adewale in front of his paintings, Courtesy Arthouse Contemporary, ART X Lagos 2018

Lagos is Nigeria’s largest city and the country’s economic centre. With its 21 million inhabitants, Lagos is also one of the fastest growing cities in the world and has become the capital of African Fashion with its popular Lagos Fashion week.

Now, the dynamic city is undergoing yet another transformation, turning into the beating heart of Contemporary African Art on the continent.

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On memory, representation & archive, in conversation with Ishola Akpo
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Ishola Akpo, Daibi Series, 2018
Ishola Akpo, Daibi Series. Image Courtesy of the Artist

In 2007 Ishola Akpo received an unexpected email from Fondation AfricAméricA. He was invited, as an artist, to attend the “Transcultural Forum of Contemporary Art” in Haiti in 2008.

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The Masters dominate Sotheby’s African Art Auction
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Modern and Contemporary African Art Auction at Sotheby's
Modern and Contemporary African Art Auction at Sotheby’s – October 2018

Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary African Art auction became a bi-annual event this year. For this second auction of the year, 70 artworks (out of the 99 selected) were sold for a total of £ 2,274,625,

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