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Filmmaker Steve McQueen returns to his fine art beginnings with an exhibition and his first new film since “12 Years A Slave”.

Made using reworked Super-8 footage of a young boy in Grenada shot by Dutch cinematographer Robby Miller. The previously unused footage was made during a trip McQueen made to Grenada in 2001. There, McQueen came across the young man we briefly come to know in the film “Ashes”, the name the of film’s protagonist.

Recognizing a quality in him that translated beautifully onto the screen, McQueen had wanted to cast Ashes in the project he was working on there but was unable to do so. Instead, he asked Miller to take footage of the young man.When McQueen returned to the island in 2009, he learned of Ashes’ murder. Shaken by this, McQueen’s latest short film and exhibition are an intimate ode to the effervescence of youth and the tragic death of a young man that embodied this vivacity so well.

Steve McQueen: Ashes is currently on view at the Thomas Dane Gallery, London until 15th November.

Get Early Access to the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair with Artsy.

On October 16th, one of the most exciting events in African art will be taking place in London.

The 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair is your chance to see works from 27 exhibitors who hail from countries all around the African continent. Over 100 different artists from all over the African continent will be exhibiting work at London’s Somerset House for the second edition of the annual 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. The list of presenting artists includes Athi-Patra Ruga, Barthelemy Toguo, Peju Alatise, Malick Sidibé, Lakin Ogunbanwo, J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, Omar Victor Diop, Hassan Hajjaj, and of course, many, many more.

Thanks to the folks over at Artsy, whether or not you’ll be attending the exhibition, you can sort through their site which gives viewers a highly comprehensive overview of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. With Artsy, you browse works from all the exhibitors, download their app to use a personal guide to the fair, read highlights from the event as well as get insider information from members of the art world. There’s even a day-by-day guide.

I’ll admit to being initially jealous that this is happening on foreign soil and not somewhere on the continent, but this resource changes everything now. Plus, it’s thrilling to see African artists receive all this well-deserved attention.

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Black woman, you carry too heavy a burden
Come, stay with me
Come, rest a while
Rest your weary bones
And let sleep nourish your battered soul

Mickalene Thomas
Instant Gratification (from the Brawling Spitfire wrestling series), 2005
Rhinestones, acrylic and enamel on wood, 84 x 72 in.
Courtesy the artist

Tesfay Atchbekha Negga
Title Unknown

Girltripped
Poise

Zinaida Serebriakova
Resting black girl, Marrakesh (1928)

Paul Gauguin
Are you jealous? (1892)

Tesfay Atchbekha Negga
Title Unknown

Tesfay Atchbekha Negga
Title Unknown

Mickalene Thomas
Sleep: Deux Femmes Noires, 2012

Mickalene Thomas
Tamika Sur Une Chaise Longue (2008)

Everett Spruill
Beach Nude

toyinodutola:

Toyin Odutola, She wasn’t warned,” (2014).

Mixed media on paper. Approx. 42.5 x 29.5 inches.

(Details following.)

(via nocturnalphantasmagoria)

My Africa Is: Edition Dakar- Sunu Street Project.

Meet Khoudia, Naima and Nach, three women behind Dakar-based dance company Sunu Street Project that seeks to empower the urban dance community in the city.

Highly influenced by a mixture of hip-hop and Senegal’s artistic history and traditions, the Sunu Street Project is dedicated to showing both Senegal and the rest of the world their unique cultural and choreography sensabilities.

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All Africa, All the time.

francoisbeaurain:

Hand painted movie posters from Liberia. These posters were painted by Liberian artists at the end of the 90’s and were used in local cinemas.

http://www.fbeaurain.com/painted_posters.html

Dynamic Africa Global Events Listing: Arts.

Calling all lovers of African and Afro-diasporan art! Here are some of the current and upcoming art exhibitions on our radar happening all over the world!

Pangaea - “New Art From Africa and Latin America” at Saatchi Gallery, London.
2 April - 2 November, 2014

Several highly renowned artists from Africa exhibit work alongside artists from Latin America. See works from the likes of Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou, Ibrahim Mahama, Mario Macilau, Vincent Michea and Boris Nzebo.

Zander Blom - “New Paintings” at Stevenson, Cape Town.
28 August - 4 October 2014.

Pretoria-born artist Zander Blom will be unveiling his latest work at the STEVENSON gallery in Cape Town. The exhibition opens on Thursday, August 28th from 6pm-8pm. Blom will give an exclusive walkabout of the exhibition on Friday, August 29th at 11am, at a cost of R20.

Pieter Hugo - “Kin” at Fundacio Colectania, Barcelona.
18 September - 10 December, 2014

South African photographer Pieter Hugo will be exhibiting a selection of his work at the Fundacio Colectania in Barcelona, Spain, beginning on September 18th through to early December.

Zanele Muholi solo shows at the EinsteinHaus in Ulm, Germany
18 September - 25 October, 2014

See selections of South African photographer Zanele Muholi’s work that documents, investigates and explores the lives of black lesbians in South Africa.

"Revolution! Works from the Black Arts Movement" at the Brooklyn Museum, New York.
Long-term installation.

See a display of seven works by seven different artists who were part of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s in the United States.

Chris van Eeden, Sidy Diallo, Emma Nourse and Zina Saro-Wiwa at Brundyn+, Cape Town
4 September - 25 October, 2014

The following four concurrent exhibitions will be opening at Cape Town’s Brundyn+ starting September 4th:

Chris van Eeden - ‘Open’
Sidy Diallo - ‘Points et Itinéraires’
Emma Nourse -‘Pause’
Zina Saro-Wiwa -‘Phyllis’

Charles Gaines - “Gridwork 1974-1989” at Studio Museum Harlem, New York
17 July – 26 October, 2014

An exhibition that features over 70 pieces of Charles Gaines’ early work in conceptualism from a career spanning over 40 years.

Gaines’ early experiments looked at the roles that systems and rule-based procedures play in the construction of forms, objects and meaning.

Nick Cave - “Made for Whites by Whites & Rescue” at Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
4 September - 11 October, 2014

Informed by the racist memorabilia he encountered at flea markets and other second-hand shops whilst traveling through the United States, “Made for White by Whites” looks at these once commonplace racially charged objects and the place (and space) the occupy in the American consciousness.

"Rescue", the second part of Cave’s two-part double venue exhibition at the Jack Shainman Gallery, is composed of a series of “sculptures that incorporate found ceramic dogs sitting on furniture within elaborate grottos or dreamlike dens. Dogs have historically been associated with loyalty, class, breed, commitment, and protection. More recently, the term “dawg” has played a role in hip-hop culture as a moniker for brotherhood, respect, and power.”

Chris Ofili - “Night & Day” at New Museum, New York
29 October 2014 - 1 February, 2015

The New Museum presents the first ever major solo exhibition of Afro-British artist Chris Ofili. The exhibition will span the Ofili’s career, from his work in painting and drawing, to sculpture, film and poetry.

Derrick Adams – “LIVE and IN COLOR” at Tilton, New York
10 September – 18 October, 2014

His third solo exhibition at the Tilton, “LIVE and IN COLOR” features a collected of wood sculptures and large-scale mixed media collages that chronicle the captures the bold character-dramatizations of black figures in entertainment.

Wangechi Mutu – “A Fantastic Journey” and “The End of Eating Everything” at the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Illinois
September – December, 2014

See two of Wangechi Mutu’s amazing exhibitions – “A Fantastic Journey” (9/19/2014–12/7/2014), which includes a collection of over 50 pieces and spans the artist’s career from the mid-1990s to the present day. And “The End of Eating Everything”, her most recent work made partly in collaboration with Santigold.

Yinka Shonibare, MBE – “Ikon Icon 1990s” at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (England)
10 September – 9 November 2014

Shonibare is one of five key British artists exhibiting their work at Ikon in celebration of the gallery’s 50th birthday anniversary.

Julie Mehretu – “Half A Shadow” at carlier | gebauer, Berlin
20 September – 01 November, 2014

Multi-disciplinary Ethiopian artist Julie Mehretu will have several of works on display at the carlier | gebauer in Berlin, Germnay, including large-scale paintings, drawings and etchings.

The White Box: Contemporary Reconfigurations at The Walther Collection Project Space, New York

A show of work from several African photographers including Samuel Fosso, Sabelo Mlangeni, Jodi Bieber, Sammy Baloji, Kudzanai Chiurai, Philip Kwame Apagya and more, that centers on contemporary photography and video, and how stereotypes and ethnographic visions from one era are reworked in a newly contextualized in a different manner.

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"For me, there has never been one definition of beauty. I think we all have something to offer and when beauty shines from within, there can be no denying it." - Alek Wek.

TRAILER: “Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace”.

New documentary investigates Wiley’s life and identity as it relates to his artwork and the Western hegemonic world of art in which he must navigate as a black African-American artist.

The film had its premiere in the US on PBS on September 5th so be sure to check your local listings to see when its on next. Don’t have PBS? US residents can try stream it online here.

Tunisian Island Becomes Street Art Hub, Raises Questions of Politics in Graffiti.

Whether cave paintings or hieroglyphics, Africans have been painting on walls for centuries. However, the idea of turning open streets into an open outdoor gallery and exhibit is something relatively new to North Africa’s largest island and Tunisia’s most popular tourist destination Djerba.

The initiative, curated by Tunisian-French artist Mehdi Ben Cheikh in collaboration with Paris-based art gallery Galerie Itinerance, is called Djerbahood features works from around 150 artists spanning 30 different countries, including Sweden’s ROA, Alexis Diaz from Puerto Rico, Stinkfish out of Colombia, Brazilian muralist Claudio Ethos, French artist Brusk, Moroccan calligraphist Abdellatif Moustad, and Tunisian street artists eL Seed and The Inkman.

Dealing with issues ranging from history and politics, to spirituality and tradition, Djerbahood, is a collaboration of epic proportions. Whether intentional or not (and I think not), the name calls to mind the racism that exists in the world of street art and graffiti culture that has, in recent years, both omitted and excluded the contributions made by black and brown artists in the popularization of this art form. Were in not for movies like Wild Style and Style Wars, the origins of resistance graffiti might all be forgotten from popular memory.

However, with the growing number of street artists and street art emerging from this area of the world in recent times, it would’ve been more interesting had they featured a selection of artists from around the African continent. Countries like South Africa and Senegal are home to some of the continent’s growing local street art scenes. Due to its size, it somewhat eclipses the grassroots graffiti movements across North Africa made headlines when #ArabSpring was a trending topic, and seemed to fade as quickly as it was noticed by the west. Then again, the politics behind this open art affair, due to unveil September 20th, aren’t rooted in Pan-African sentimentality, being sponsored by parties from France and Tunisia.

This project forms part of a growing trend of foreign street artists descending on Africa, from the likes of French artist JR’s “Women Are Heroes" series that stopped in Sierra Leone, Kenya, Sudan and Liberia, to ROA’s "Wide Open Walls" in The Gambia.

Similarly to the reactions from people in the aforementioned countries, locals in the area have had mixed responses to the art works, from some labeling it as vandalism to others welcoming the diversity and finding inspiration in the larger-than-life paintings.

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(image sources: Aline Deschamps/Galerie Itinerrance | Mohamed Messara | EPA Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)

ART | “Township Life” by Willie Bester.

In this series by Willie Bester, a Western Cape-born artist, he brings to life the everyday mundane activities of life in a South African township by adding rich and vibrant colours to a canvas that might otherwise seem dull.

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The Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living II
Matthew Hindley, 2014
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas. 
Courtesy of BRUNDYN+, Cape Town

Souleymane Keita (17th April 1947 - 19th July 2014).

Dynamic Africa Global Events Listing: Arts.

Calling all lovers of African and Afro-diasporan art! Here are some of the current and upcoming art exhibitions on our radar happening all over the world!

Pangaea - “New Art From Africa and Latin America” at Saatchi Gallery, London.
2 April - 2 November.

Several highly renowned artists from Africa exhibit work alongside artists from Latin America. See works from the likes of Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou, Ibrahim Mahama, Mario Macilau, Vincent Michea and Boris Nzebo.

Zander Blom - “New Paintings” at Stevenson, Cape Town.
28 August - 4 October 2014.

Pretoria-born artist Zander Blom will be unveiling his latest work at the STEVENSON gallery in Cape Town. The exhibition opens on Thursday, August 28th from 6pm-8pm. Blom will give an exclusive walkabout of the exhibition on Friday, August 29th at 11am, at a cost of R20.

Pieter Hugo - “Kin” at Fundacio Colectania, Barcelona.
18 September - 10 December.

South African photographer Pieter Hugo will be exhibiting a selection of his work at the Fundacio Colectania in Barcelona, Spain, beginning on September 18th through to early December.

Zanele Muholi solo shows at the EinsteinHaus in Ulm, Germany
18 September - 25 October

See selections of South African photographer Zanele Muholi’s work that documents, investigates and explores the lives of black lesbians in South Africa.

"Artists Committed? Maybe" at Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon.
21 June - 7 September.

Works from 21 different artists including Athi-Patra Ruga (South Africa), Bouchra Khalili (France/Morocco), Bruno Boudjelal (France/Algeria), Celestino Mudaulane (Mozambique), Conrad Botes (South Africa), Paul Edmunds (South Africa), Simon Gush (South Africa) and Wim Botha (South Africa).

"Revolution! Works from the Black Arts Movement" at the Brooklyn Museum, New York.
Long-term installation.

See a display of seven works by seven different artists who were part of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s in the United States.

Yinka Shonibare - “Egg Fight” at Centre d’Art de la Fondation Blachère, Apt.
23 May - 20 September.

Fondation Blachère is presenting a solo exhibition and new light installation by Yinka Shonibare MBE RA. The exhibition takes its cue from Shonibare’s installation Egg Fight (2009) recently acquired by Fondation Blachère.

Inspired by Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver Travels, the piece is a satirical staging of the divisions between Protestants and Catholics through the argument over which end of a boiled egg should be broken, the large or small end. This work reflects Shonibare’s interest in addressing conflicting ideologies observed in culture, politics and society.

Exhibition Openings: Chris van Eeden, Sidy Diallo, Emma Nourse and Zina Saro-Wiwa at Brundyn+, Cape Town
4 September - 25 October

The following four concurrent exhibitions will be opening at Cape Town’s Brundyn+ starting September 4th:

Chris van Eeden - ‘Open’
Sidy Diallo - ‘Points et Itinéraires’
Emma Nourse -‘Pause’
Zina Saro-Wiwa -‘Phyllis’

EXHIBITIONS OPENING THURSDAY, 4 September 2014 6-9pm

Charles Gaines - “Gridwork 1974-1989” at Studio Museum Harlem, New York
17 July - October 26

An exhibition that features over 70 pieces of Charles Gaines’ early work in conceptualism from a career spanning over 40 years.

Gaines’ early experiments looked at the roles that systems and rule-based procedures play in the construction of forms, objects and meaning.

Nick Cave - “Made for Whites by Whites & Rescue” at Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
4 September - 11 October

Informed by the racist memorabilia he encountered at flea markets and other second-hand shops whilst traveling through the United States, “Made for White by Whites” looks at these once commonplace racially charged objects and the place (and space) the occupy in the American consciousness.

"Rescue", the second part of Cave’s two-part double venue exhibition at the Jack Shainman Gallery, is composed of a series of “sculptures that incorporate found ceramic dogs sitting on furniture within elaborate grottos or dreamlike dens. Dogs have historically been associated with loyalty, class, breed, commitment, and protection. More recently, the term “dawg” has played a role in hip-hop culture as a moniker for brotherhood, respect, and power.”

Chris Ofili - “Night & Day” at New Museum, New York
29 October 2014 - 1 February 2015

The New Museum presents the first ever major solo exhibition of Afro-British artist Chris Ofili. The exhibition will span the Ofili’s career, from his work in painting and drawing, to sculpture, film and poetry.

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