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Rainbow Scale: Thebe Phetogo in conversation with Thulile Gamedze
"The following is a collaboratively edited transcript of a conversation between Thebe Phetogo and Thulile Gamedze that took place on the 10th of March 2021 in Parkhurst, Johannesburg, at around 13:00..."
Art for Africa: Two coalitions working to change the continent’s fortunes
"The African art market is beginning to take back some of its identity and self-governance. AAGA was formed by a loose collective of regional southern African galleries in 2016 with the idea of building up collective bargaining power and knowledge in art sectors on the continent through collaboration between similarly emerging galleries..."
Cutting Edges: Contemporary Africa in the etchings of Mario Soares
"Looking at Mario Soares’ prints, one gets the feeling of having found an old family album. An intimate perception
of familiarity frames the compositions, as we get the sense of having been there, and having known them, when faced with the spaces and subjects seized by his etchings..."
Weaving Together Meaning
"In the realm of textile art, women, queer people and people of colour have historically made progressive and often politically-charged work that challenges the shadowy margins of society. And although textile arts have a distinct cultural legacy, they have found new life in contemporary interpretations..."
15 African Artists on the Rise
"Contemporary African art has long been a topic of contention. For a time, there was even a heated debate around the very existence of contemporary art in Africa..." including Ayobola Kekere-Ekun and Nicky Marais.
On tomorrow – Three ways to catch 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair
The South African,
"Over the past seven years 1-54 has established itself as a leading voice in the global discussion on contemporary African art. Still fighting the good fight in spite of COVID challenges..."
African Women Take the Stage at 1-54 African Art Fair London
Art She Says,
"These sophisticated works, in their gold details and finishes adorning smoky figurations, have some kind of refinement and mastery we could find also in some Medieval or Arabic miniatures. The result is a series of densely made canvas, emanating some mysterious sacred aura, but also well grounded in her identity and culture."
Ten artists to look out for at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair 2020, London
"Suzette Bell-Roberts highlights ten artists to look out for at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London. These artists are represented by galleries participating in the fair which opens to the public on Friday and runs until Sunday at Somerset House in London."
Why the Contemporary African Art Market Is Uniquely Positioned to Weather COVID-19
"The market for modern and contemporary African art has steadily grown for the last few years. "The art scene is developed in South Africa, but in places like Zimbabwe and Namibia, it can be difficult for artists to get access to materials,” she added. “We often source materials and send them across borders to those artists.”
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