Wednesday, 29 March 2017

How Diaspora Lifted Africa At Art Dubai 2017

By Tajudeen Sowole (Just back from Dubai, UAE)

From the modest photography pieces by a diaspora Nigerian artist, Otobong Nkanga, that were shown in the booth of Paris, France-based In Situ Gallery, the African flavour at Art Dubai 2017 in the UAE, offered a welcome treat inside the fair’s Contemporary space.
Visitors at the Modern Galleries section of Art Dubai 2017
 But further down the extreme end of the same space at Madinat Jumeirah, came some daring, bold paintings of Ethiopian artist, Dawit Abebe. The paintings, which loomed over the space from a distance, were shown by London, U.K.-based Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery. The strength of contemporary African

Monday, 27 March 2017

‘Waka the Musical’ Kick-starts Regular Shows At Terra Kulture Arena

As the new theatre, Terra Kulture Arena opened for business, lovers of the hit, Waka the Musical, as well as those who are yet to see it have another chance. The musical, which toured London at The Shaw Theatre, returns to Lagos every Sunday in April.
Performance during the opening of Terra Kulture Arena in Lagos
Specifically meant to showcase the high standard of the newly opened Terra Kulture Arena stage, Waka The Musical flags off what would be regular productions at the new theatre hall.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Yes, Nigeria Goes To Venice Art Biennale

It is a great honor and privilege to announce Nigeria's first National
participation in the Venice Biennale’s 57th edition, themed Viva Arte
 The Venice Biennale is the oldest cultural biennale, started in 1895 and
has gone to become one of the most prestigious large-scale art
exhibitions, with countries officially represented by their pavilions. Every
odd year, Venice becomes the world capital of contemporary art. However, from time, there has been a lack of representation of the.

(L-R):Wunika Mukan (Project Manager), Prince Yemisi Shyllon (Steering Committee Member), Adenrele Sonariwo (Lead Curator, Nigeria In Venice), Ike Chioke (Steering Committee Member), Femi Lijadu (Representative of Governor Godwin Obaseki, Commissioner, Nigeria In Venice), Kavita Chellaram (Steering Committee Member) and Ade Adekola (Steering Committee Member).
African ccontinent at the Venice Biennale, even currently only 7
African countries out of 54 will be represented with national pavilions
at the Biennale. Our journey to

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Galleries' Harvest of Sales at Art Dubai 2017

Weekend Sales Report, Art Dubai (17 – 18 March 2017)

This weekend was hugely successful for galleries in both the Modern and Contemporary halls, with works purchased steadily throughout by both individual private collectors, and by museums and institutions.


Zilberman have sold nine works this week, as well as selling two new commissions.

  "All of the sales we have made were to people we have just met this week. Last year was very good, but it was all to existing clients - whereas this year has all been to new connections for us. We have sold works to all over the world:

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Hidden Activism of 'Unsung' Artist, Ogundipe

By Tajudeen Sowole

As the creative communities, at home and Diaspora, mourn the death of a Denver, U.S-based Nigerian artist, Moyo Ogundipe, the rarely-told activism part of his career creeps in.

  Ogundipe, (1948-2017), was said to have been "found slumped on his desk, unconscious," Wednesday, March 1. He was later  "pronounced dead" on arrival at a hospital.
Moyo Ogundipe, (1948-2017)

After what seemed like two decades of self-exile, Ogundipe, in 2008 visited Nigeria to have his first major solo exhibition, back home, titled Kaleidoscope of Life at Terra Kulture, in Lagos Island.

 Few days before the opening of the exhibition, Ogundipe and I had a chat about his U.S sojourn. At every point of the interview, the artist's emotion as a betrayed Nigerian, who was dehumanised by recurring tragedy of his country's lack of leadership value kept dominating the chat. In fact, he described his sojourn in the U.S. as "self-exile."

 Ogundipe recalled how he was "totally saddened," for examples, by the dictatorship of former Head of States, Generals Ibrahim Babangida and Sanni Abacha.

 "Growing up in the 1960s here, I thought Nigeria would, by now, be as great as other developed nations,"

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Of Artists’ Conspiracy, 'Ghost' Plagiarists

Irrespective of the context in which unauthorised ‘copying’ of art concept is defined, the mystery that shields identity of the forgers suggest that the plagiarists are some kind of spirits or ghost artists.
Alleged copied painting with the original by Diseye Tantua
  Clearly, these forgers are artists too - who dwell among their colleagues - but hardly get identified. Between artists who are victims of plagiarism and the gallery outlets, where such copied art pieces are exposed, there seems to be behind-the-scene ‘understanding’, after the storm that is made known to the public.

  As much as the role of digital medium is no doubt culpable in aiding plagiarists’ skill, the internet, in recent years, has also been assisting in amplifying unathorised

From Diaspora With 'Expansion Of Time'

By Tajudeen Sowole
APART from sharing the commonality of being diaspora artists, Wura-Natasha Ogunji and Raoul Olawale Da Silva have other factors that connect their art. Period, places and multiculturalism from which each artist derive ventilation bring them into sharing individual’s perspective of ‘Time’ in a single space at home.
From Untitled paintings of Raoul Olawale Da Silva
The artists’ works - representational and abstraction respectively - opened the 2017 art activities as Expansion of Time, currently showing till April 28, 2017 at Temple Muse, Victoria Island, Lagos. Ogunji’s application of lines and conservative spread of space as an extension of the artist’s performance and video installation works depict her views about behavioural patterns of people, as a U.S.-based Nigerian artist. For Da Silva, who is based in Switzerland, spontaneity energises his abstract strokes on canvas, stretching viewers through a deep intellectuality of a