Category: Arts

Amoako Boafo | Ghanaian artist’s gestural portraits exude strength in times of crisis

BY PEI-RU KEH | | Wallpaper*

In a new show at Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo explores self-reflection, self-celebration and seeks to challenge existing beliefs about Black identity

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Patrick Quarm | Ghanaian Artist Weaves Together Vibrant Tapestries That Reflect His Personal Experiences

Patrick Quarm earned his MFA in Texas before returning to his native country, where he lives and works. Some of his recent works would be in an exhibition which will be his first New York solo.

By Caroline Goldstein | artnet

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Peter Ntephe | Nigerian-born lawyer and art collector talks on African arts

Dr. Peter Ntepheis a man of many parts. With six degrees from some of the world’s leading universities, including Oxford, and a PhD from the University of London, he undoubtedly qualifies to be described as “well-read.” The one-time practicing lawyer, London academic, and football commentator is also quite well-traveled, including in Africa, and has built up a remarkable collection of African art. In this interview with Ibene Magazine, Dr. Ntephe, who lives in Houston, Texas, shares his views on African Arts and its place in contemporary society.

 by IBIENE MAGAZINE

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Dawit N.M | Photographer, director draws on Ethiopian, Virginian roots in Chrysler exhibition

By DENISE M. WATSON | THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT 

Even when he isn’t thinking as a photographer, Dawit N.M. knows how important it is to be seen.

Not looked at. Seen.

His photo of two girls playing in a street in Ethiopia, shyly hiding their faces in matching pink hoodies, is a portrait of innocence and youth. It isn’t one of starvation, death and calamity, which are often associated with the country in which Dawit was born.

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The Meteoric Rise of Somali Gallerist, Mariane Ibrahim, Champion of African Diasporic Art

By Claire Voon | Artsy

Somali-American Mariane Ibrahim is always thinking ahead. As a young dealer, she is enjoying a precocious, meteoric rise on the international art scene. She’s built her reputation with a roster of trailblazing contemporary artists, predominantly from the African diaspora.

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Ghanaian artist, Amoako Boafo, Is Navigating Art-World Success While Lifting up the African Diaspora

Harley Wong | Artsy

Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo has experienced a meteoric rise in the art world over the past year. Known for large-scale portraits of Black subjects rendered in bold, gestural strokes, Boafo has only gained momentum in 2020. Recently, in April 2020, he donated a painting, Aurore Iradukunda (2020), to an online benefit auction supporting the Museum of the African Diaspora during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The painting sold in early May for $190,000, nearly six times its $35,000 estimate.

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The resurgence of Ben Enwonwu : Africa’s greatest contemporary artist

By Ciku Kimeria | Quartz

A few recent discoveries of long-lost works by Africa’s greatest contemporary artist, Ben Enwonwu, are leading to a reexamination of his legacy. How is it that the works of a man who in 1949 would be named Africa’s greatest contemporary artist by Time magazine, would decades later be gathering dust, long-forgotten in an apartment in London or in a family house in Texas?

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Best Places to See African Art in New York City

By Mazuba Kapambwe | Culture Trips

The African continent offers extraordinary cultural richness and diversity manifested in its visual art. It employs a variety of mediums, from textile to painting, masks, jewelry, figurines, and more. We profile the top 10 places to see African art in New York City.

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Online Art Auction Aims to Keep Museum of the African Diaspora Afloat

By Sam Lefebvre | KQED

An auction benefiting Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), one of the many Bay Area cultural organizations experiencing dramatic revenue shortfalls during mandatory closure, opens April 21 via the online marketplace Artsy and features works donated by a growing number of noted artists.

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Congolese refugee launches American art career with help from Refugee Assistance Partners of N.J.

By Brenna Holland | For NJ Advance Media

When Muyambo Marcel Chishimba was referred to the Refugee Assistance Partners of New Jersey (RAP), he expected to be helped in his effort to navigate the government, housing and school systems in his new home of Elizabeth. What Chishimba did not expect was that RAP would be the organization to help jump start his career as an artist in the United States.

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