Wednesday, 16 June 2021

'Reflections'... over Nollywood’s big players on shelf

Book cover of Reflections. Pic: c/o FAJ.

RELEASED on Tuesday, Femi Akintunde-Johnson's book titled Reflections had its digital version unveiled.

Sunday, 6 June 2021

Arthouse auctions Enwonwu’s The Leaf, other art pieces of modern, contemporary masters

A metal foil titled Sahelian Masquerade (147.5 x 239cm, dated 1988) by Bruce Onobrakpeya. Pic: c/o Arthouse Contemporary.

In its 26th edition of art auction, Lagos, Nigeria-based Arthouse Contemporary has announced 77 lots for sales. Taking place online on the popular Invaluable platform, bidding is still on   and closes on June 7, 2021, 6 pm (WAT).

Friday, 28 May 2021

With art of 'Infinite Growth', Adekola makes debut solo show

'Swinming in Joy' (acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 100 x 100cm) by Suraj Adekola.

In 14 years of post-training studio career, Suraj Adekola has developed his art through the landscape of vertical and linear shades of painting techniques. Currently, the artist has added some optical effects to his canvas.

Thursday, 27 May 2021

How Sanwo-Olu, Michael, Oyetola, others celebrated Okundaye at 70

By Simeon Mpamugoh 

Joy Michael, during the exhibition at 70th birthday celebration of Chief Mrs Nike Davis-Okundaye at Eko Hotel & Suites.

Art enthusiast and Executive Director, Africa's Young Entrepreneurs Organization (A.Y. E), Joy Michael has noted that Mrs Nike Davies-Okundaye's art evokes a lot on versatility, and  transcends across multiple medium of expression. She added that her art was used as an empowerment tool, a medium of communication, and  an expression of culture and identity.

Saturday, 22 May 2021

Shonibare, 29 artists for Okwui Enwezor-inspired Sharjah Biennial 15 edition

Bait Obaid Al Shamsi, Arts Square, Sharjah. Pic: c/o of Sharjah Art Foundation.

Conceived by the late Nigerian curator, Okwui Enwezor and curated by Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) Director, Hoor Al Qasimi, Sharjah Biennial 15, themed Thinking Historically in the Present, reflects on Enwezor’s visionary work, described as  transforming contemporary art.

Why Signature Beyond Gallery shows hybrid metal art of Ogbeyemi, Ibiok's paintings'

'Talklesstalk' series (The Jokers, oil on, canvas, 152.4 cm x 182.88 cm, dated 2020), by Ibiok Bright. Pic: c/o Signature Beyond Gallery.

OLADELE Ogbeyemi and Bright Ibiok, are, individually, strengthening the energy of contemporary art with their individual solo exhibitions in a single space. Today, the artists will be making historical entry into the Nigerian art scene. This is the view of curator and director of Signature Beyond Gallery, Rahman Akar.

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

As museums go future, shift in presentation of African art looms


Artist, Lanre Olagoke (left) received by Director of British Museum, Hartwig Fischer, as first guest when the museum reopened to the public on Tuesday, May 17, 2021 after the last lockdown in the UK.  Pic: c/o Lanre Olagoke.

OVER five years ahead of the International Museum Day (IMD) 2021, elsewhere, the theme has been preempted. The International Council of Museum (ICOM) declared The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine” as the theme of IMD 2021.

Friday, 14 May 2021

For 'Methodologies In African Arts, Humanities', University of Nigeria converges scholars

Faculty of Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). Pic: Ozioma Onuzulike.

The Faculty of Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), announces its 2021 International Conference and 'Call for  papers'

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Fragrance of ‘junk art’ from Owoyemi’s soft metal sculptures

'Oliver Twist Going Organism' (2019, soft metal , 30/20 inches), from Taiwo Owoyemi's Repousee Assemblage Sculpture technique. Pic: c/o the artist.

THE relativity of art, in creation and appreciation, has proven to be resilient against conservatism, from modern to contem- porary periods. Escalating that relativity and dynamics of art is Taiwo Owoyemi, whose art of repurposed texture also takes dual genres. 

Saturday, 8 May 2021

From canvases of Egharevba, Akpang, art predicts future

'My Own World' (water colour on paper 67cm x 84cm), by Sukanthy Egharevba. Pic: c/o Sukanthy Egharevba.

COMING out of the Covid-19 lockdown of last year, Calabar-based artists, Sukanthy Egharevba and Clem Akpang FRSA, generated paintings and mixed media works that alert creative professionals about the future. The new pieces and others produced earlier formed the bulk of the display at the artists' exhibition titled Creolization, which took off at Calabar Sports Club, from April 12-18, 2021.

Saturday, 1 May 2021

How Nigerian Sculptors captured 'Public Art and Our City Scape'

Prince Yemisi Shyllon (middle), receiving his certificate of BoT, ScAN from Adeola Balogun, Programmes Coordinator; Olojo Kosoko, Chairman, SNA, Lagos' Mutiu Yusuf, Asst Gen Sec, SNA, Lagos Chapter; and Andrew Akinbodewa, Fin Sec, ScAN.

Sculptors Association of Nigeria (ScAN) had its inauguration of Board of Trustees on April 16, 2021 and National Conference (Apr. 21-22. The two events were conducted on dual platforms of Physical and virtual. The conference, which focused public space art made some recommendations in saving the creative industry's responsibility as regards the environment.

Monday, 26 April 2021

For illicit holder, original owner of looted art, legal windows broaden

Iyoba or Queen Mother, a Benin origin sculpture (ivory pendant, 16th century) acquired by The Met Museum, New York. Pic: The Met.

Twice, in less than one year, separate courts  in U.S. have affirmed the powers of countries to assert ownership and control of suspected illicitly acquured art. Also, in Europe, a post-war chatter set up to track and recover collections looted by the Nazi is still effective till date.