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A Poem That Is Not Our Own, William Kentridge’s first major solo exhibition in Switzerland, opens at the Kunstmuseum Basel on June 10, 2019. Spanning the course of a three-decade-long career and curated by Dr Josef Helfenstein the exhibition sheds light on Kentridge’s early graphic art and films from the 1980s and 1990s. Several previously unseen works in Europe, as well as a new film inspired by the museum’s......

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David Goldblatt: Johannesburg 1948 - 2018 - Omenka Online

Opening 9 July to 11 September 2020, Goodman Gallery will present David Goldblatt: Johannesburg 1948 – 2018, the acclaimed South African photographer’s first major solo exhibition in London since 1986. Renowned for a lifetime of photography exploring his home country, Goldblatt produced an unparalleled body of work within the city of Johannesburg, where he lived for 50 years. The exhibition maps Goldblatt’s evolution of work in......

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Archaeologists Uncover Ancient Tools in Gabon that May Rewrite Our Understanding of Humankind’s History in Central Africa-Omenka Online

Archaeologists have dated stone tools from Lopé National Park in Gabon to 620,000 to 850,000 years ago, making them the earliest known evidence of a human presence in the Congo Basin. “In the African chronology, we always thought Central Africa was reserved for gorillas and the great apes, but in fact that’s false—there was a human presence,” said archaeologist Richard Oslisly of France’s Research Institute for......

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Critical Stylistic Developments & Influences in African Painting

In 1972, Frank Willett wrote the insightful text African Art to guide the definition of the history of African art. He asserted that painting was primary in the evolution of the visual arts in Africa. The vast frescos across the Kalahari Desert and in the Brandberg and Drakensberg Mountains, which host the oldest paintings on the continent, support this claim. The White Lady......

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Major Slavery Exhibition Heads to MFA Houston and NGA -Omenka Online

A major exhibition telling the story of the transatlantic slave trade, bringing overlooked artists of African descent to the fore, is coming to the US. Afro-Atlantic Histories, which opened at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (Masp) in 2018, will go on show at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, late 2021, and at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC......

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Simone Leigh Creates Limited-Edition Bronze Sculptures - Omenka Online

As people across the United States have moved to support groups seeking to end systemic racism in the wake of George Floyd’s killing and the ensuing protests it sparked, one artist will use her platform as one of contemporary art’s most venerated figures to raise funds for a racial justice organization. Beginning June 30, Simone Leigh will offer a new bronze sculpture titled Sentinel IV—in an......

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Christie’s Paris Sells Two ‘Sacred Sculptures’ from Nigeria-Omenka Online

The sale of two sacred Nigerian sculptures went ahead at Christie’s Paris showroom yesterday afternoon despite claims that the objects were looted during the African country’s civil war. Packaged as one lot, the pair of sculptures from the Igbo people of Nigeria was estimated to go for €250,000–€350,000 ($283,000–$396,000) at Christie’s Arts d’Afrique, d’Océanie et d’Amérique du nord sale. On Monday in the French capital, they......

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Blessing Ngobeni: Chaotic Pleasure - Omenka Online

Winning the 2020 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for the Visual Arts marks a significant point in Blessing Ngobeni’s career. The prestigious award has been bestowed on him at a point in time when reflection plays a pivotal role in developing meaning, both in his personal and artistic journey. Since his first solo exhibition at Everard Read’s CIRCA gallery in 2016, titled Song......

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