Friday 17 November 2023

Agbaje, Jama win $10,000 2023 ART X Lagos Prize

Asmaa Jama.

THE Access ART X Prize has announced winners of its 2023 edition. After careful deliberation, Julius Agbaje from Nigeria and Asmaa Jama representing the Africa/Diaspora category were selected as the standout talents from an exceptional pool of finalists. The emergence of the winners is a testament to their artistic prowess, unique vision, and potential for global impact.

Tuesday 14 November 2023

Celebrating Black History Month with Olagoke's art in UK, Mauritius

Poet and rapper, Stretch, during the live painting by Lanre Olagoke (background).

FROM the U.K to Mauritius, artist Lanre Olagoke's brushstrokes of art activism celebrated the Black History Month of October 2023. Ahead of his live painting session at the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, U.K., in the first week of October, Olagoke visited Mauritius for community projects, in celebration of the British Black History Month.

Monday 13 November 2023

ART X Lagos as 'cornerstone of African art industry'

Master printmaker, Dr Bruce Onobrakpeya during ART X Lagos 2923.

WITH ART X Lagos’ 2023 physical edition, which closed  Sunday, 5 November, and the online extension continuing on until 9 November, the yearly fair's eighth edition has "great acclaim." Held from 2-5 November, 2023 at The Federal Palace, Victoria Island, Lagos, the fair, according to the organisers, ended amidst reports of great acclaim from participants and attendees, who remarked on the fair’s responsiveness to its social context and the needs of its community in this particular year. 

Saturday 11 November 2023

Across generations of artists, Sogal auction 2023 displays 'masterpieces'

'Kingsmen' (oil on canvas, 95 x 105cm, dated 2023) by Victor Chigozie Anachuna

OVER 30 years of experience in art market comes as great asset as Signature Beyond Art Gallery sets for its 2023 Sogal Art Auction. With masterpieces and timeless art, Sogal Art Auction will assert its nearly 10 years of consistency in the secondary art market of Africa.

Friday 3 November 2023

In Azekwoh's protest art, 'There Is A Country' of complex syncopation

Anthony Azekwoh with two of his sculptures from the exhibition There Is A Country.

BEFORE 2020, Nigerians had a common date in every October 1, Independence Day anniversary to reflect on the country's nationhood challenges. But since three years ago, October 20, 2020 seemed to be a sacrosanct date in the calendar of some Nigerians as artist, Anthony Azekwoh's protest art got its inspiration from the controversial part of the 10th month.

Thursday 2 November 2023

Ken Saro-Wiwa Prize opens submission of entries for 2023

Winners to be presented at LABAF on Nov 13-19

Late poet, Ken Saro-Wiwa.

THE Committee for Relevant Art, CORA, promoters of the yearly Lagos Book & Art Festival (LABAF) has called for submission of entries for the 2023 edition of the annual Ken Saro-Wiwa Prize For Book Review.

Thursday 26 October 2023

Installation, ceramic, performance, others make LABAF 2023 art exhibition

FOR its 25th anniversary, Lagos Book & Art Festival LABAF will be staging six visual arts exhibition projects during the 2023 season.

Wednesday 25 October 2023

When Lagos kick-started 2nd Sharjah Architecture Triennial...

Curator of 2nd Sharjah Triennial, Tosin Oshinowo (left) and Lola Ogunnaike during a Lagos Symposium...ahead of the main event in UAE. 

AS the second edition of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial (SAT02) holds from November 11-13, 2023 in UAE, a regional culture hub, Lagos, Nigeria, has been a factor in the 'Global South' focus of the event. About a year ahead of the November 2023 Sharjah Triennial, the curator, Tosin Oshinowo, who is a Lagos-based architect, launched conversations to promote the Triennial, in her city of practice.

Sunday 22 October 2023

Nmesirionye's Symphony of boundless lines at Yenwa Gallery

    A section of 'Symphony' exhibition at Yenwa Gallery, Victoria Island, Lagos. Pic: c/o of Yenwa.

WHEN newly opened Yenwa Art Gallery chose Joshua Nmesirionye as one of the early artists shown in its six months of existence, an aura of freshness beckoned. As Yenwa came into Lagos art scene from one of Nigeria's new generation curators, Ugonna Ibe, also, the exhibited artist, Nmesirionye recorded a significant feat in his career.

Thursday 19 October 2023

Oghagbon's colonies of visual culture duality

'Locaci' (oil on canvas, 22 x 22 inches, dated 2023) by Moses Oghagbon.

DESPITE being felt at the tail end of an artist's studio connection with the viewing public, art appreciation and documentation are inextricable streams in the confluence of purposeful creativity. 

Wednesday 18 October 2023

8th ART X Lagos returns with 'The Dialogue’

'Christian Van Moolhop (oil on canvas, dated 2022) by Joy Labinjo. 

ART X Lagos, the leading international art fair in West Africa, returns for its eighth edition, from 2-5 November 2023 at The Federal Palace, Victoria Island, Lagos, with a compelling multi-disciplinary programme themed 'The Dialogue’.

Friday 13 October 2023

Fresh colours from abstract art in 'Rothko' of Kola Dairo

'Yellow Orchre, Purple and Red' (acrylic on canvas, 122 x 183 cm, dated 2023) by Kola Dairo.

THE Lagos art exhibition circuit, brewing fresh names, will add another artist, Kola Dairo to its contemporary energy, showing the power of abstraction. 

Thursday 5 October 2023

'Joy' of artists guild shows hope, resilience

'Relection' (acrylic on canvas, 113.5 x 119cm, dated 2023) by Tola Wewe.

MEMBERS of the Guild of Professional Fine Artists of Nigeria (GFA) converge in a group exhibition titled Joy, currently showing at The Wheatbaker, Ikoyi, Lagos.