African Art Now
50 Pioneers Defining African Art for the Twenty-First Century
by Osei Bonsu
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Pub Date 18 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 17 Oct 2022
This deluxe hardcover survey, featuring profiles of 50 artists on the rise, is the definitive guide to contemporary African art.
With African artists attracting sizable audience numbers to museums, setting sky-high auction records, and appearing in mainstream press, it has become impossible to overlook the cultural significance of contemporary African art today. Author and curator Osei Bonsu's engaging profiles of leading African artists—along with gorgeous full-color reproductions of their work—introduce readers to a generation of movers and shakers whose innovative artwork reflects on Africa as both an idea and an experience. Using diverse forms, languages, and expressions to articulate what it means to be a part of the world, these artists generate alternate histories and imaginative futures—work that is both personal and political, universal and incredibly specific. Their work helps define contemporary African art as a vast artistic and cultural movement.
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This beautiful book features profiles of fifty African artists on the rise, providing a platform and definitive guide to the rich, colorful, immensely talented world of contemporary African art. If you love art as much as me, you will not be able to stay away from this beautiful and insightful book, beautiful on the inside and out. Some of my favorites: Tunji Adeniyi-Jone’s “Blue Dancer” and “The Prince’s Red Serpent” with the elements of European culture, West African religion and culture, and a combination of animals, figures, and deities, and nature, conveying a beautiful, dynamic vision of freedom. I find the melancholy in Njideka Akunyili Crosby's large-scale domestic scenes combining drawing, collage, and printmaking beautifully devastating, and am equally fascinated by Joana Choumali’s incredible photography, weaving connections between dreams and the banality of daily life. This is perfect for the art lover!
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