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African Visual Arts Links

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ArtAfrica was set up in order to promote the work of African artists or artists of African descent residing in African Portuguese-speaking countries. The work done by similar diasporic communities based in Portugal, Europe and elsewhere was also included. On the other hand, another of its intentions was to provide a platform from which to launch widespread debates on the post-colonial in local contexts.

SHIKRA offers a wide selection of carefully selected traditional and contemporary art from every region of Africa. The online-gallery offers approximately one thousand pieces of African art as well as rare and difficult to find African art books. SHIKRA owner Eric Makin has visited approximately 30 African countries in over 25 years of travelling, several of which he has visited numerous times.Works from many of Africa’s leading contemporary artists including Twins Seven Seven, George Lilanga and Romuald Hazoumé are represented, as well as traditional masks and figures, some of which date back to the late 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.

Ijele: Art eJournal of the African World

African Colours: a platform for visual art in and around Africa, online since 2000

Museum for African Art: Opened to the public in 1984, the Museum for African Art is dedicated to the arts and cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora. Since that time, it has become internationally recognized as a preeminent source for exhibitions and publications related to historical and contemporary African art, with programs that are as diverse as the continent itself. Located in New York City.

Modern African Art is an idea created by Lande Anjous-Zygmunt & Peter Zygmunt. The idea was initiated after a family visit to Nigeria in 2004. During our stay in Nigeria, in addition to many gallery and museum visits, we had the opportunity to meet some of the top artists on the Nigerian scene. We also had the privilege to see many artworks that are not readily available to the public. We were very impressed by the dynamism, diversity of style and impact these artworks rendered.

African Contemporary Art Gallery

Website of Art from Africa: Long Steps Never Broke a Back This was an Exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum in 2002, Art from Africa: Long Steps Never Broke a Back includes installations, performances, film showings, lectures and artist-in-residencies representing diverse cultural classifications such as royal art from the Kom and Asante kingdoms; masquerades from the Yoruba, Dan and Mende; powerfully encrusted Mande hunters’ shirts; sculptures created for healing from the Kongo; contemporary ceramics; Maasai beadwork collected by a community; and photographs from Mali.

African Arts at the British Museum

Cycles African Life Through Art Indianapolis Museum of Art

The Short Century-Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945-1994: Online photo exhibit of works by African photographers curated by Okwui Enwezor for the Villa Stuck Museum, Munich, Germany

Masterhand: Individuality and Creativity among Yoruba Sculptors Metropolitan Museum of Art

Modern African Art-A Basic Reading List

Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture

Aachron Incorporated, a cultural brokerage firm that educates clients about the equity value of different forms of global African arts and cultural knowledge. Aachronprovides art management and art-equity consultancy to art collectors, creates mainline and online (e-knowledge) content for international art-learning programs, and produces educational publications on global African arts, delivered through proprietary and collaborative publishing and online media projects.

National Museum of African Art: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art fosters the discovery and appreciation of the visual arts of Africa, the cradle of humanity.

African Voices Smithsonian Institute Website

University of African Art Website

Arts of Power Associations in West Africa Metropolitan Museum of Art

Christianity’s First Centuries in Africa Metropolitan Museum of Art

Art and Oracle: African Art and Rituals of Divination Metropolitan Museum of Art

Life Force at the Anvil The Blacksmith’s Art from Africa: This slide lecture was first presented at the University of North Carolina at Asheville during the 1998 ABANA conference in conjunction with the exhibition of forged metal work from areas south of the Sahara Desert in Africa.

The Jembetat Gallery of African Art: Our present collection features objects from West, Central, and East Africa. The beauty of Tribal art is alive in ritual masks, bronze figures, statues and fetishes used in ceremonies and rites of passage. Wooden bowls, beadwork, leather objects and other utilitarian objects offer a glimpse into the daily life and culture of people few of us will ever know. The extensive collection represents the mystery, beauty and simplicity of African Art which has inspired artists and collectors from Picasso to present day

The Art of Burkina Faso

Africa: Continent of Origins Metropolitan Museum of Art

Iziko Museum of Art Cape Town, South Africa Website

Art South Africa Website

ArtMatters.Info covers literary, visual, performing and screen arts—fine art, installation & sculpture, books, music & dance, film, video & television, fashion & beauty, puppetry, storytelling & theatre—travel, entertainment, leisure and lifestyle in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan, Rwanda, Somalia, Zanzibar, Madagascar, Seychelles, Reunion, Mauritius, Mayotte, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia.

Sudan Artists Gallery was established mid 1999, to participate in an ongoing efforts of documentation for the contemporary Sudanese art in particular and contemporary art in Africa.

Inscribing Meaning-Writing and Graphic Systems in African Art: This is the first comprehensive exhibition to address the interface between African art and the communicative power of graphic systems, language and the written word. Approximately 80 works, dating from ancient to modern times, represent the ingenuity and creativity of African artists who incorporate script and graphic forms of communication into a wide range of artworks, including everyday and ritual objects, religious painting, talismans, leadership arts, popular arts and photography.

Artists in Dialogue: António Ole and Aimé Mpane. Virtual Exhibition of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. This exhibition inaugurates a new series in which talented African artists are invited to participate in a dialogue – a visual one in which each artist responds to the work of the other, and resulting in original, site-specific works for the National Museum of African Art. Two artists less familiar to U.S. audiences, António Ole of Angola and Aimé Mpane of Democratic Republic of Congo, will bring their subtle and sophisticated manipulation of found and organic materials to create visually rich, multi-media installations that speak to the political and economic challenges of their home countries.

Ashione Gallery was opened in 1992 as a result of the paucity in quality in African works of art available to the regular person. The Gallery quickly became the leader in authentic African art and carries only museum quality pieces that demonstrate deliberate fine craftsmanship and bear the hallmarks and ideals of African tradition.

Individual African Artists’ Websites

Hamid Ayoub: Website of an Accomplished Sudanese Artist and Art Instructor

Hawa Kaba is a mixed media artist who uses a wide range of materials to express her feelings about her African heritage and the experience of growing up in Africa

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