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Great Art Reduced to Origins in What about Africa?

by Edo Dijksterhuis
, at Witteveen Visual Art Centre in Amsterdam, is an exhibition with top-notch art on display. At the same time, its concept is highly problematic. The show brings together works by fourteen artists, who have little in common besides being African. They hail from countries like Morocco, South Africa, Benin, and Kenya—places removed from each other by the full length and breadth of a vast continent. In terms of social background, national history, or ethnicity the participants are as much alike... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 2/3/16
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1:54 Trend Report: Found Objects and Photography

by James Loks
I had a sense of unease as I approached the 1:54 fair. Maïmouna Guerresi, , 2007. © Mariane Ibrahim   As I parked my bicycle all sorts of uncomfortable ideas were floating through my head about what I could and couldn’t say about African art, not least of which being the perception, dealt with by the fair’s title, that Africa is this big single thing, and not the 54 independent nations of which it’s comprised.   Wallen Mapondera, Echoes   So, putting cultural and intellectual... [more]
Posted by James Loks on 10/16/15
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Hyper-Pluralities for a New Becoming: The Exhibited Body in Contemporary Art

by Caroline Picard
“The body is always a body that is an unfinished entity.” —Lisa Blackman, Berg, 2008   “We have a whole history of representation in which the black body was not the privileged body,” Kerry James Marshall said in an interview a few years ago. “So there was no crisis of representation for me, because the black figure is underrepresented.” Marshall has patiently, and masterfully installed black figurative paintings in predominantly white institutions for his entire career; this past fall he... [more]
Posted by Caroline Picard on 1/16/15
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Taking a Museum of African Art to the Bank

by Nadja Sayej
When the world thinks of Africa at the moment, the conversation seems to stop on the deadly West African virus, Ebola. For a less alarmist and fear-stoked impression of a massive continent, Meschac Gaba’s (1997-2002), on view at Berlin’s Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle until November 16, is currently offering insights through the eyes of one money-minded artist from Benin. Funny coincidence this show is hosted by a Deutsche Bank-sponsored gallery, as Germany has been slipping lately in business... [more]
Posted by Nadja Sayej on 10/30/14
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