Known for his works that address the themes of history, memory, guilt, and forgiveness, South African artist William Kentridge focuses on the enormous rift between the rich and the poor. Exploring his social and political concerns with lyrical, alluring compositions, his work has a universal significance and speaks to oppression and inequity everywhere.
Pictured is his 1993 work, Black Iris.
A tour-de-force work by famed Contemporary African artist Osaretin Ighile, this sculpture is made of steel armature and rope.
Born in 1965 in Benin City, Nigeria, Osartin is among a generation of artists who no longer view colonialism as a constant source of trauma, drawing on a profound understanding of his culture, his openness to the world, and diversity.
Nigerian artist Osaretin Ighile uses mundane materials such as asphalt, ink, rope, burnt wood, cut-up plastic crates, and metal to create his works.
Entanglement I: I am Black I am White (2010) is part of our inaugural Contemporary African Art auction.
Art from Ghana
Ghana-born artist Owusu-Ankomah’s paintings show a spiritual world, without light and shadow, occupied by people and symbols. The way in which his figures coexist with the symbols in his paintings has moved through several distinct phases that reflect the artist’s own spiritual journey.
Browse more Contemporary African Art.
Contemporary African artist Chris Ofili’s 2003 work shows a couple mid-kiss and is from his iconic 2003 series of similar kissing couples.
Out of Africa
Don’t miss this gorgeous exhibition of paintings, sculptures, and photography by 14 African Contemporary artists, debuting at Galerie Frank Schlag & CIE on August 25, 2012. Seven of the artists work out of Africa and will be present at the exhibition, while the other artists are based in Europe and the United States.
Discover the broad spectrum of African Art.
Muensterberger’s African Art
Decorative Art specialist Jessica Mizrachi explores African Art from the collection of art scholar Werner Muensterberger, who theorized that collecting was an Oedipal passion.
Tribal Art Week in NYC
Lalla Essaydi’s Revisions
Revisions, Lalla Essaydi’s gorgeous new exhibition at Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, opens today!
Essaydi’s work draws on Arabic calligraphy, and pushes the boundaries of Arab, Muslim, African, and perceptions of women’s identities.
AOA Tribal Art Fair
The AOA Tribal Art Fair begins this Thursday in New York City. In the meantime, browse indigenous works from international galleries:
Art of West Africa