|'Sisters' (oil and acrylic on canvas, 90 x 90cm, dated 2023), by Samson Oluwadare.|
A GREAT depth in understanding the contemporary art market of Africa appears like the creative and management assets of Tribes Art Gallery (TAAG). Under its founder and Chief Curator, Rodney Asikhia, TAAG's skills in managing art market for its artists took off in Lagos, Nigeria nearly ten years ago.
Currently, TAAG is on the global space, showcasing contemporary art from Africa. Obiora Anamaleze, Maria Tendo, Esewhaye Oghenetejiri, Jonathan Kabeya, Wisdom Uche, Eno Bassey, Samuel Inalegwu, Mayowa Adekile, Emmanuel Amiolemen, and Kolawole Samson Oluwadare are artists whose works are showing on Artsy, courtesy of TAAG. The exhibition titled Ode to Yesteryears, which celebrates Black History Month 2023, opened on February 3 and ends March 1, 2023.
From the creative energies that escalate 21st century black consciousness art of Africa, TAAG converges young artists for Ode to Yesteryears. The exhibition, which features mixed media, traditional painting and photography showcases artists whose skills, though inspired by contemporaneity, but also exude timelessness values.
In 'Awake Thou That Sleepest (oil and acrylic on canvas, 40 × 40 in | 101.6 × 101.6 cm, 2022), Adekile brings dramatic expression of visual strength to inspire the spirit of resilience. For 'Entangle' (acrylic on canvas, 48 × 48 in | 121.9 × 121.9 cm, dated , 2023), Inalegwu celebrates multi-culturalism, applying the technique of sharp contrast; in 'An Optimistic Self-potrait' Kabeya flaunts his skills in coffee-sugarism technique as he also brings burnt sugar, pen ink on linen paper into the painting of elaborate depth; Anamaleze's Zebra Crossing, oil on canvas, 52 × 48 in | 132.1 × 121.9 cm, 2022 brings metaphor texture into the group; and 'Sisters, (oil and acrylic on canvas, 35 2/5 × 35 2/5 in | 90 × 90 cm, dated 2023), by Oluwadare, expands the new energies of 21st art from Africa.
Also on display among others are Amiolemen's 'Keeping it Alive', (acrylic on canvas, 38 × 36 in | 96.5 × 91.4 cm, dated 2023); Bassey's 'Of A Proud Heritage (acrylic on canvas, 48 × 36 in | 121.9 × 91.4 cm, 2022); Uche 'Mastercard (acrylic on canvas, 48 × 36 in | 121.9 × 91.4 cm, 2022); Oghenetejiri's 'Fearless', acrylic and Ankara fabric on canvas, 51 1/5 × 39 2/5 in | 130 × 100 cm, 2023; and Red hair, acrylic on canvas, 51 1/5 × 43 3/10 in | 130 × 110 cm, 2022 by Tendo.
The exhibition, according to Asikhia is a celebration of the rich cultural heritage and legacy of black artists in paying homage to the art world. He noted that the exhibition showcases a diverse range of styles and mediums, including painting, photography, and mixed media in honour of Black History Month. Asikhia explained that the works on display confirms the resilience and creativity of black artists and their unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of contemporary art.
In a gallery and curatorial statement, TAAG was excited in presenting what it called important exhibition in honor of Black History Month. "We believe it is crucial to recognize the contributions of black artists and to provide a platform for their voices to be heard. 'Ode to Yesteryears' is a celebration of their talents and an opportunity to bring their works to a wider audience."
Visitors are encouraged to explore the exhibition on Artsy.net, where they can view the works and learn more about the artists and their practices. Artsy.net is a leading online platform for contemporary art, providing a global audience with access to the world's most important galleries and exhibitions. For more information about the exhibition, please visit: https://www.artsy.net/show/taag-gallery-ode-to-yesteryears.
TAAG Gallery is a contemporary art space located in New York City, dedicated to showcasing the works of emerging and established artists from around the world. The gallery is committed to fostering cultural exchange and promoting diversity in the arts.