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On aime l'art...!! agnès b., Grand Arles Express, Collection Lambert en Avignon, France
from 07/06/17 to 11/05/17

Malick Sidibé, Nuit de Noël, 1965

UN CHOIX D'ÉRIC MEZIL DANS LA COLLECTION AGNÈS B.

La Collection Lambert, Musée d’art contemporain, Avignon, présente une sélection d’œuvres de la collection agnès b. dans le cadre du Grand Arles Express, programme hors les murs des Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles. Si des expositions ont déjà fait découvrir certaines œuvres majeures collectionnées depuis plus de trente années par la styliste agnès b., l’idée de réaliser son portrait en miroir aux multiples facettes n’a jamais été réalisée avec cette ampleur. À la fois styliste, réalisatrice d'un film sélectionné à la Mostra de Venise, productrice de films, intimement liée au monde de la musique, agnès b. est également une grande découvreuse d'artistes depuis les années 1980. Elle a ouvert sa galerie en 1983 et déniche des pépites photographiques datant des années 1930 à nos jours. L’exposition s’organise autour de grands artistes qu’elle a souvent collectionnés telle une pionnière, de Kenneth Anger à Jonas Mekas, mais aussi autour de filiations temporelles ou esthétiques. Comme autant de rébus et de contes populaires, ces œuvres dessinent un portrait de cette femme libérée de toute convention. Tout comme Yvon Lambert, agnès b. partage cette fureur de vivre communiquée par les œuvres collectionnées pour être partagées.



Collection Lambert en Avignon
5 rue Violette
84 000 Avignon
Ouvert tous les jours
sauf le lundi de 11h à 18h.
Juillet/août : tous les jours
de 11h à 19h.
Exposition accessible sur présentation du forfait des Rencontres d'Arles 2017.


AFRICA. Raccontare un mondo, PAC Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milano, Italia
from 06/27/17 to 09/17/17


With a sub-Saharan overview the exhibition investigates today's African art through the works of 32 contemporary african artists.

The exhibition investigates today's African art, between Westerness and Africanism; crossing political, economical and gender issues; between the influences of the surrounding world and the future of the continent. Will Africa ever be independent from the West? Which are the new challenges? The 32 invited artists will provide a fourfold sub-Saharan overview: After the Independence, Introspection of the Identity, Africa Generation, the Body and Politics of the Distance.

curated by Adelina von Fürstenberg - Video and performance curated by Ginevra Bria

produced by Comune di Milano - Cultura, PAC Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Silvana Editoriale


Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
from 04/26/17 to 09/04/17

Du 26 avril au 4 septembre 2017, la Fondation Louis Vuitton présente Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier.

L'exposition constitue un panorama de la création récente de l'Afrique subsaharienne à l'Afrique du sud à travers trois axes :

Les Initiés, un choix d’œuvres de la collection d’art africain de Jean Pigozzi (1989-2009)
Être là, Afrique du Sud, une scène contemporaine
L’Afrique dans la Collection de la Fondation Louis Vuitton


Les Initiés

L’exposition Les Initiés réunit une sélection d’œuvres de quinze artistes emblématiques de la collection d’art
contemporain africain de l’homme d’affaire Jean Pigozzi, présentée pour la première fois à Paris.

Dès 1989, Jean Pigozzi fait appel à André Magnin, qui va arpenter le continent africain pour constituer sa collection, à la rencontre d’artistes vivant et travaillant en Afrique subsaharienne. À une époque qui ne connaît ni téléphone portable, ni internet, il parvient à nouer de véritables liens avec des artistes locaux, dont il dévoile la liberté et l’originalité.

La détermination et l’engagement qui ont présidé à cette collection ont permis la constitution d’un fonds unique, aux partis pris affirmés, qui, dans sa diversité, témoigne de l’un des visages de la création contemporaine en Afrique, de 1989 à 2009.

Éclectique et libre, la collection Pigozzi ne privilégie aucun médium et vise à représenter chaque artiste par
des ensembles conséquents. Elle a révélé une scène jusqu’alors méconnue, lui permettant d’élargir son audience et sa résonnance internationale. Cette collection a ainsi joué un rôle prescripteur indéniable.



Les artistes de l’exposition, tous héritiers de savoirs spirituels, scientifiques et techniques, développent des mondes aux multiples expressions et supports. En ce sens, ce sont des « initiés ».

L’exposition, conçue par la direction artistique de la Fondation Louis Vuitton, a été réalisée en étroite collaboration avec Jean Pigozzi.


Commissaire général : Suzanne Pagé; Conseiller : André Magnin ; Commissaires : Angéline Scherf et Ludovic Delalande ; Scénographie : Marco Palmieri.

L’exposition est prolongée jusqu’au 4 septembre


Regarding Africa: Contemporary Art and Afro-Futurism, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
from 12/09/16 to 05/27/17
Musclemen Series, 2012, by Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou


This large-scale group exhibition presents art being made today in, or about, Africa, from an Afro-futurist perspective that challenges traditional divisions: fantasy, imagination and cosmology, usually associated with past mythology, are incarnated into science fiction and futurist representation. The various narratives span between colonialism and its ramifications to a re-examination of the African body, landscape and culture—through utterances that shatter the usual distinction between truth and fiction, between myth and science, between technology and spirituality.


CURATOR:
Ruth Direktor

LOCATION:
Lilly & Yoel Moshe Elstein Multi-Purpose Gallery Herta and Paul Amir Building


Afrique Plurielle, Visages du Monde, Cergy, France
from 01/21/17 to 03/24/17

Ken (detail), 2011
Le studio des vanités
Impression jet d'encre pigmentaire sur papier Harman By Hahnemuhle
60 x 40 cm
Edition de 5 ex + 2 AP
© Omar Victor Diop / (Photo originale)


Alors que l’Afrique, dans l’imaginaire collectif, évoque une kyrielle de sensations, quel regard portons-nous aujourd’hui sur la culture africaine contemporaine ?

C’est ce que nous propose de découvrir l’exposition Afrique plurielle, articulée en trois volets successifs, de l’Afrique du Nord, incarnée par l’artiste Abdallah Akar, à l’Afrique noire, sous le prisme de la création numérique, la mode, la création graphique et la photographie. Pendant toute la durée de cette exposition, des films d’animation sont diffusés.

Les 3 volets de l'exposition :

Afrique Plurielle #1 : Du 21 janvier au 5 février, avec les calligraphies d'Abdallah Akar

Afrique Plurielle #2 : Du 16 au 26 février, avec de la mode et des créations numériques de J.D Okhai Ojeikere et Omar Victor Diop

Afrique Plurielle #3 : Du 7 au 24 mars, avec une exposition de l'Afrique au quotidien, via les photos de Laurent But

En partenariat avec l’ESMA (École Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques), la Galerie Magnin-A, les éditions Futuropolis, Incite Formation, et Laurent But.
Ateliers liés à l'exposition



Infos Pratiques:

• Coordonnées
Adresse : Visages du Monde
10, place du Nautilus à Cergy
Tél. : 01 34 33 47 50

• Accès
- Train : RER A ou Transilien L gare de Cergy-Le-Haut
- VélO2 : station Hauts-de-Cergy
- Voiture : A15 sortie 13. 1h30 de stationnement offerte aux parkings des Brumes lactées et de l'Évasion. Parking des trois gares gratuit à partir de 19h30.

• Horaires
Lundi : fermé
Mardi : 12h30 > 19h
Mercredi : 10h > 19h
Jeudi : 12h30 > 19h
Vendredi : 12h30 > 19h
Samedi : 10h > 18h
Dimanche : 10h > 17h (exceptées la Mairie et la Maison de quartier)


MAKING AFRICA Continent of Contemporary Design, Kunsthal Rotterdam, The Netherlands
from 10/01/16 to 01/15/17

This autumn the Kunsthal Rotterdam throws new light on contemporary African design. Making Africa presents work by more than 120 artists and designers. This young generation of thinkers and makers, with their experimental approach and fluent use of new media, introduces the world to a new vision of Africa. These creative minds often work at the same time in different disciplines and welcome the opportunity to break with existing conventions. ‘Making Africa’ provides a surprising, amusing and lively picture, with design in the widest sense of the word.



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MAKING AFRICA FESTIVAL
On Sunday 2 October there are various performances, workshops, guided tours, music, food and dance, including storytelling by the dramatist Ogutu Muraya, a fashion show by Lady Africa, and teasers for the Afrovibes Festival all day long.



Paris Photo 2016, Grand Palais, Paris, France
from 11/10/16 to 11/13/16

Paris Photo’s mission, since its creation in 1997, is to reunite an exceptional selection of artworks in an exploration of photography in all its forms, from vintage works to contemporary creations, from the world’s premier galleries and book dealers.

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Today we await some 60 000 visitors who will be able to discover 153 galleries, in both the main sector and PRISMES dedicated to large formats and series in the Salon d’Honneur. 30 international publishers complete this panorama [...]

The 20th edition merits an exceptional programme. On this occasion Paris Photo will release a special publication, historical and contributive, coedited with Xavier Barral, highlighting key moments in the history of the fair.


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Photographie article


Making Africa - A Continent of Contemporary Design, CCCB, Barcelona, Spain
from 03/23/16 to 08/28/16


Cyrus Kabiru, C-Stunners 2012. Caribbean Sun.
© Cyrus Kabiru. Foto: Miguel Luciano.

www.makingafrica.net


Making Africa has been co-produced by the Vitra Design Museum (where it was shown from 14 March to 13 September 2015) and the Guggenheim Bilbao (presented from 30 October to 21 February 2016), with the collaboration of Kulturstiftung des Bundes and the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne.

The exhibition showcases the work of over 120 African artists and creators and illustrates how design fuels economic and political changes. Making Africa speaks, from Africa, of a new continent “under construction” and places emphasis on its possibilities over its problems.


“Thinking about the future means thinking about our possibilities in the world. The future belongs to Africa, because it seems to have happened everywhere else already.”
Okwui Enwezor, Consulting Curator of Making Africa



The exhibition offers a new tale of Africa, an invitation to value the continent from a brand new perspective. Many of the major African capitals are seeing the consolidation of a generation that, around culture and through creation and design, is defending its right to build itself in freedom, without foreign tutelage and contradicting the stereotypes projected from the West.



A new generation of creators

Making Africa exhibits the projects of [...] Click on the link to the exhibition site to read more...


Making Africa – Un continent du design contemporain, Guggenheim Bilbao, Espagne
from 10/30/15 to 02/21/16
L’exposition Making Africa – Un continent du design contemporain présente des travaux appartenant à un large éventail de domaines créatifs : design d’objets et de mobilier, arts graphiques, illustration, mode, architecture, urbanisme, art, artisanat, cinéma, photographie, sans compter l’approche numérique et analogique. Ces œuvres occupent, délibérément, cette zone grise existant entre les différentes disciplines et pourtant, elles nous fournissent des réponses concrètes à la question de ce que peut et doit apporter le design au XXIe siècle. Par exemple, ils découvrent de nouvelles possibilités dans l’usage des matériaux, mettent davantage l’accent sur le processus que sur le résultat et réalisent des déclarations audacieuses sur l’avenir.


Making Africa : A Continent of Contemporary Design, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany
from 03/14/15 to 09/13/15
This major exhibition by the Vitra Design Museum sheds new light on contemporary design in Africa. On the basis of a wide variety of examples, «Making Africa» shows how design is accompanying – and even promoting – economic and political change on the continent and engaging in a close dialogue with related disciplines, such as the fine arts, graphic design, illustration, film, photography, architecture and urban planning.


Un regard sur la collection d'agnès b., LAM, Lille, France
from 06/12/15 to 08/23/15

À la suite de la présentation des collections Korine et Max E. Ammann, Philippe Eternod et Jean-David Mermod, Philippe Mons, le LaM présente cet été la collection agnès b.

De nombreuses présentations ont déjà été faites de sa collection de photographies, celle de peintures, dessins et sculptures est tout aussi riche et singulière. L’exposition que le LaM lui consacre aujourd’hui en présente les aspects les plus emblématiques. Elle révèle surtout le regard toujours aux aguets d’agnès b. face à l’émergence des écritures picturales de la fin du XXe siècle et du début du XXIe siècle comme les mouvements contestataires des années 1960-1970, le renouveau du graphisme durant les années 1980-1990, les cultures urbaines des années 1990-2000, jusqu’aux nouvelles formes de la vidéo ou de la performance des années 2000-2010. Et si le thème du portrait est l’un des traits saillants de sa collection, les rapports entre musique et arts plastiques et/ou cinéma et arts plastiques en sont d’autres, de même les notions d’altérité, d’identité, de contre-culture, de temps et de mémoire.

Commissariat : Marc Donnadieu, conservateur en charge de l’art contemporain au LaM

Avec Anonyme (Jaipur), Berenice Abbott, Absalon, Alice Anderson, Kenneth Anger, Pierre Ardouvin, Jehsong Baak, Roger Ballen, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Adrien Beau, Richard Bellia, Abdelkader Benchamma, Jean-Charles Blais, Jaya Bludeau, Alighiero Boetti, Anastasia Bolchakova, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Louise Bourgeois, Brassaï, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Tobias Buche, Jared Buckhiester, Pierre Buraglio, Claire Chesnier, Jean Cocteau, Endo, Simon English, Robert Filliou, Futura, Gilbert & George, Godlis, Douglas Gordon, Joseph Grigely, Hervé Guibert, Simon Hantaï, Cameron Jamie, Frank André Jamme, On Kawara, Harmony Korine, Julien Langendorff, Claude Lévêque, Helen Levitt, Ryan McGinley, Ryan McGuiness, J. D. Okhai Ojeikere, Jean- Michel Othoniel, Raymond Pettibon, Luna Picoli-Truffaut, Hugues Reip, Jim Shaw, Claire Tabouret, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Jean-Luc Verna, Vyakul, Andy Warhol, Weegee, Xatrec


LaM – Lille métropole musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut
1, allée du Musée 59650 Villeneuve d’Ascq


Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
from 02/16/15 to 05/24/15
DISPLAY: This display showcases a variety of photographic responses to black British experience from the 1950s to the 1990s. All of the photographs are from the V&A Collection and were acquired as part of the project Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s, a collaboration with Black Cultural Archives funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The aim is to increase the number of black British photographers and images of black Britain in the V&A. The photographs collected, together with oral histories gathered by Black Cultural Archives, will raise awareness of the contribution of black Britons to British culture, society, and the art of photography.

Black Cultural Archives promotes education about the cultural identity and history of people of African and African-Caribbean descent in Britain. A concurrent exhibition, also drawn from the V&A’s Staying Power collection, will be on view at the organisation’s heritage centre from 15 January 2015.

Find out more about the Staying Power project and Black Cultural Archives exhibition by following the link on the left.

Displays complement our permanent collections; there are many free temporary displays around the V&A. They range in size from a single case to a room.


J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere: Hairstyles and Headdresses, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK
from 09/26/14 to 01/18/15
New Art Exchange, Nottingham, presents Nigerian photographer J.D 'Okhai Ojeikere's prolific collection of ornate hairstyles and headdresses. The elaborately sculpted hair of female African models is captured in meticulous detail through beautifully composed black and white photography. The series simultaneously celebrates hairstyling as a transient artwork and forms an extensive visual archive reflecting Nigerian cultural traditions.


Luminós/C/ity.Ordinary Joy: From the Pigozzi Contemporary African Art Collection, Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
from 10/21/14 to 01/08/15
"We are pleased to announce that the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery’s inaugural exhibition will comprise selections from the Jean Pigozzi Collection of Contemporary African Art (CAAC). David Adjaye, the renowned British-Ghanaian architect and the designer of the Cooper Gallery and the Hutchins Center façade, also serves as co-curator of this first exhibit, along with Mariane Ibrahim-Lenhardt. Adjaye heads a curatorial team that offers a unique dialogue between art and space that we think will set the tone for exhibitions to come. Luminós/City.Ordinary Joy will feature 69 works by 21 artists. It illuminates the everyday, ordinary, and ubiquitous world of the city characteristic of so many of the works in Pigozzi’s collection, evoking a sense of place and facilitating a dialogue between body, home, transit, and dynamic urban dwellings. The models, sculptures, photographs, paintings, and videographies of vital city life will convey a vibrant urgency to the Gallery’s visitors."

Opening in fall 2014, the newly established Ethelbert Cooper Gallery is one of eight flagships of the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. It will feature both contemporary and historical exhibitions and installations of African and African American art of a global diaspora. The innovative and distinctively designed gallery exhibit spaces will house shows organized by curators, faculty, artists, students, and distinguished guests. The gallery will host a wide range of dynamic workshops, artist talks, symposia, lectures and performances to engage audiences with diverse art archives and cultural traditions from all over the world.


Ici l’Afrique / Here Africa - L’Afrique contemporaine à travers le regard de ses artistes
from 05/08/14 to 07/06/14
ICI L’AFRIQUE / HERE AFRICA réunira pour la première fois en Suisse, une exposition d’art contemporain de plus de 25 artistes les plus significatifs du continent africain avec environ plus de 40 œuvres majeures, présentées sur les trois étages du Château de Penthes, à Genève, situé à côté du Palais des Nations Unies.
Les artistes et les réalisateurs* inclus dans l'exposition sont les suivants: Georges Adéagbo (Bénin), Omar Ba (Sénégal), Faouzi Bensaïdi* (Maroc), Filipe Branquinho (Mozambique), Frédéric Bruly Bouabré (Côte d’Ivoire), Edson Chagas (Angola), Romuald Hazoumé (Bénin), Pieter Hugo (Afrique du Sud), Adelita Husni-Bey (Libye), Nadia Kaabi-Linke (Tunisie), Gonçalo Mabunda (Mozambique), Mustafa Maluka (Afrique du Sud), Abu Bakarr Mansaray (Sierra Leone), J.D.’Okhai Ojeikere (Nigeria), Joshua Okoromodeke (Nigeria),Richard Onyango (Kenya), Idrissa Ouédraogo* (Burkina Faso), Chéri Samba (Congo), Sarkis & Guem & Perdrix* (France/Bénin), Zineb Sedira (Algérie), Malick Sidibé (Mali), Abderrahmane Sissako* (Mauritanie), Yinka Shonibare MBE (R.-U./Nigéria), Pascale Marthine Tayou (Cameroun), Barthélémy Toguo (Cameroun).

Vernissage 7 mai 2014 à 18h
8 mai – 6 juillet, 2014 Château de Penthes
Ch. de l’Impératrice, Genève-Pregny
Un projet de ART for The World, ONG associée au Département d’Information publique des Nations Unies
Commissaire générale Adelina von Fürstenberg


Hommage à Frédéric Bruly Bouabré et Okhai Ojeikere, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
from 02/13/14 to 04/29/14

En réaction au fil brûlant de l’actualité, les Alertes sont aussi des hommages aux personnalités brusquement disparues. Frédéric Bruly Bouabré (1923-2014) et Okhai Ojeikere (1930-2014) sont décédés à quelques jours d’intervalle. Ces deux grands « ainés » de l’Afrique ont engagé l’imaginaire de ce continent vers l’art contemporain. Le Palais de Tokyo leur rend hommage.

FREDERIC BRULY BOUABRE (1919-2014)

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré est né en 1919 à Zéprégühé, en Côte d’Ivoire. Penseur, philosophe, chercheur, « rechercheur », pédagogue, prophète, poète, artiste, créateur, encyclopédiste… L’œuvre multiforme de Frédéric Bruly Bouabré trouve son origine dans une vision «céleste » du 11 mars 1948. Il se sent alors investi de la mission de transmettre une pensée universelle au monde et plus particulièrement à son peuple Bété. Auteur de nombreux textes, il invente un alphabet sous forme de pictogrammes pour retranscrire sa langue natale, le bété. Alphabet qui sera publié pour la première fois par Théodore Monod en 1958. C’est par son œuvre graphique qu’il sera révélé sur la scène artistique internationale lorsqu’André Magnin présente quelques un de ses dessins à l’exposition Magiciens de la Terre conçue par Jean-Hubert Martin au Centre Pompidou et à la Grande Halle de la Villette en 1989. Son travail a depuis été présenté dans de très nombreuses expositions en Europe et aux États-Unis.

J.D. OKHAI OJEIKERE (1930-2014)

À l'âge de dix-neuf ans, J.D. Okhai Ojeikere achète un modeste appareil Brownie D sur les conseils d'un voisin qui lui apprend les rudiments de la photographie et son talent lui vaut d'être sollicité par la West Africa Publicity pour laquelle il travaillera à plein temps de 1963 à 1975, date à laquelle il installe son studio " Foto Ojeikere ". Lors d'un festival en 1968, il prend, toujours en noir et blanc au Rolleiflex 6x6, ses premières photographies consacrées à la culture nigériane. Dès lors, et pendant quarante ans, il poursuit dans tout le pays ses recherches organisées par thèmes. Hair Style, riche de près de mille clichés, est le plus considérable et le plus abouti. Ojeikere photographie les coiffures des femmes nigérianes chaque jour dans la rue, au bureau, dans les fêtes, de façon systématique, de dos, parfois de profil et plus rarement de face. Son œuvre, aujourd'hui, riche de milliers de clichés, constitue par-delà le projet esthétique, un patrimoine unique à la fois anthropologique, ethnographique et documentaire.

Courtesy Galerie Magnin-A, Paris


The 55th Venice Biennale 2013
from 06/01/13 to 11/24/13
A selection of Frédéric Bruly Bouabré's works fom the CAAC will be displayed in the Arsenale in this year's Biennale in Venice, Italy.

Bouabré's drawings can also be seen at the Ivory Coast Pavilion which is participating in the Biennale for the frist time this year.

Also in the Arsenale, a large display of J.D. 'Okhai OJEIKERE's photographs.


The 55th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia is under the artistic direction of Massimiliano Gioni and is entitled Il Palazzo Enciclopedico / The Encyclopedic Palace.

The exhibition will place at its heart "a reflection on the ways in which images have been used to organize knowledge and shape our experience of the world." Inspired by what scholar Hans Belting has called "an anthropology of images", the Biennale Arte 2013 will attempt "an inquiry into the realms of the imaginary and the functions of imagination."


Sartorial Moments and the Nearness of Yesterday, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, USA
from 06/20/13 to 09/29/13
The works of J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere will be presented at the Museum of the African Diaspora.

Ojerikere’s photographs, which date from 1955 to 2008, document traditional dress and hairstyles along with the Western-style adaptations that enabled the youth of Lagos to feel themselves part of the modern world.

Sartorial Moments is the first of several exhibitions at MoAD that will examine the effects of African and Caribbean independence movements on Africans both in Africa and in the global diaspora.


Cheveux Chéris, Quai Branly, Paris
from 09/18/12 to 07/14/13
Hairstyle photographs from CAAC artist J.D. Okhai Ojeikere will be part of The Quai Branley Museum exhibition dedicated to hair. Cheveux Chéris brings together anthropology, the history of ancient and contemporary art, fashion and customs.



Paris Photo Los Angeles
from 04/26/13 to 04/28/13
Paris Photo is launching its first American edition in Los Angeles in the heart of the iconic site at Paramount Picture. It will bring together the creative trends in photography and the moving image. Works from Jean Depara, Seydou Keïta, Paramount Photographers, Malick Sidibé and Ojeikere will be featured.


High Museum of Art, Atlanta, USA, The Global Art Project
from 06/01/12 to 09/01/12
An unprecedented exhibition exploring the broad spectrum of contemporary African art, design, and crafts. Featuring the work over 100 artists working in Africa, Europe, Asia, the United States, and the Caribbean, The Global Africa Project surveys the rich pool of new talent emerging from the African continent and its influence on artists around the world. Through ceramics, basketry, textiles, jewelry, furniture, and fashion, as well as selective examples of architecture, photography, painting, and sculpture, the exhibition actively challenges conventional notions of a singular African aesthetic or identity, and reflects the integration of African art and design without making the usual distinctions between "professional" and "artisan."


Surroundart, Brooklyn NY, USA, The Global Africa Project
from 05/24/11 to 01/01/12
An unprecedented exhibition exploring the broad spectrum of contemporary African art, design, and crafts. Featuring the work over 100 artists working in Africa, Europe, Asia, the United States, and the Caribbean, The Global Africa Project surveys the rich pool of new talent emerging from the African continent and its influence on artists around the world. Through ceramics, basketry, textiles, jewelry, furniture, and fashion, as well as selective examples of architecture, photography, painting, and sculpture, the exhibition actively challenges conventional notions of a singular African aesthetic or identity, and reflects the integration of African art and design without making the usual distinctions between "professional" and "artisan."


on aime la photographie! galerie du jour - agnès b., Paris, France
from 11/08/11 to 12/29/11

Chaque année, lors de Paris Photo, la galerie du jour présente une exposition collective mixant les travaux de
photographes qu’elle soutient avec une grande fidélité, On aime la photographie ! lie et relit des œuvres en couleur, noir et blanc, autour d’un thème bousculé et renouvelé : le portrait des humanités et de leur époque.

Du studio de fortune des années 50 de Seydou Keïta et ses portraits sensibles de l’Afrique postcoloniale, aux clichés des jeunes skateurs ougandais de Yann Gross, la galerie du jour ouvre au public un vaste laboratoire.

La joie de vivre de la jeunesse malienne, les fêtes yé-yé ou rock’n roll des années 60 prises sur le vif par Malick Sidibé répondent aux portraits influencés par la peinture classique de Ji-Yeon Sung et aux mises en scènes décalées de Nicolas Dhervillers.

Véritables sculptures, les coiffures méticuleusement répertoriées par J.D.‘Okhai Ojeikere font écho aux visages de Matthias Olmeta comme des paysages, grâce à la technique de l’ambrotype (négatif sur plaque de verre au collodion humide que l’on a volontairement sous-exposé ou blanchi en utilisant un procédé chimique).



ARS 11 - Changes your perception of Africa and contemporary art, KIASMA, Helsinki, Finland
from 04/15/11 to 11/27/11
The premise of the ARS 11 exhibition is Africa in contemporary art. The themes are global, issues that affect us all. Memory, recollection and the simultaneous presence of different histories and layers of time, these are some of the common starting points of the work of many artists featured in ARS 11.

About 30 artists will be invited to participate in the exhibition, some of whom will produce new work for the show. The following artists have already started work for the exhibition: Georges Adéagbo (1942 Benin), Samba Fall (1977 Senegal), Laura Horelli (1976 Finland), Alfredo Jaar (1956 Chile), Otobong Nkanga (1974 Nigeria), Nandipha Mntambo (1982 Swaziland), Odili Odita (1966 Nigeria) and Barthélémy Toguo (1967 Cameroon). The Center for Contemporary Art Lagos CCA will produce an exhibition of work by the Nigerian photographer J. D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere (b. 1930), to be mounted on the second floor in Kiasma.



ARS 11 will extend across Finland and also to one venue in Sweden. The satellite exhibitions will be curated and produced by the partner museums and will showcase the themes of ARS 11.

ARS 11 will be part of the programme of the Capital of Culture year 2011 in Turku. The contribution of Kiasma will include two video installations from its collections: Where is Where? (2008) by Eija-Liisa Ahtila and WESTERN UNION: Small Boats (2007) by Isaac Julien. Both works will be on show for the first time in Finland. This part of the ARS 11 exhibition will be produced in cooperation with the Kiasma Foundation.

The ARS 11 curator team are Pirkko Siitari, Director of Kiasma, Arja Miller, Chief Curator, and Jari-Pekka Vanhala, Curator. The ARS 11 programme for Kiasma Theatre will be compiled by Riitta Aarniokoski. The African theme for ARS 11 was chosen by the former director of Kiasma, Berndt Arell.

The ARS 11 exhibition celebrates the 50-year history of the most important exhibition institution in Finland. Organised since 1961, the ARS exhibitions have played a crucial role in shaping ideas about art and giving a face to contemporary art in Finland. The history of the ARS exhibitions will be showcased during ARS 11 by two publications produced by the Central Art Archives of the Finnish National Gallery as well as by documentary material.


Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA, The Global Africa Project
from 11/17/10 to 05/15/11
An unprecedented exhibition exploring the broad spectrum of contemporary African art, design, and craft worldwide, The Global Africa Project premieres at the Museum of Arts and Design this November. Featuring the work over 100 artists working in Africa, Europe, Asia, the United States, and the Caribbean, The Global Africa Project surveys the rich pool of new talent emerging from the African continent and its influence on artists around the world. Through ceramics, basketry, textiles, jewelry, furniture, and fashion, as well as selective examples of architecture, photography, painting, and sculpture, the exhibition actively challenges conventional notions of a singular African aesthetic or identity, and reflects the integration of African art and design without making the usual distinctions between "professional" and "artisan."


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Documenta 12, Kassel, Germany
from 06/16/07 to 09/23/07

Documenta 12 is concerned with both historical lines of development in art and unexpected concurrences.” In order to bring these “unexpected concurrences” to light, relationships were established between works of art from different decades and cultures in which similar formal patterns have emerged—a process that has led to a “migration” of aesthetic forms across temporal and cultural boundaries culminating in the art of our postmodern world. This formalism was emphasized in the Neue Galerie by walls painted different colors. In turn, this focus on the phenomenon of migration resulted in the selection of a high percentage of artists from Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. New to the program was the inclusion of old art, from fourteenthcentury Persian miniatures to global art from recent decades. Artists already long since recognized in their own homelands, such as Nasreen Mohamedi, for example, were not the only ones presented to a broad public in Germany for the first time. The works of several exemplary artists—John McCracken, Kerry James Marshall, Charlotte Poseneske, and Gerwald Rockenschaub—also migrated through all exhibition venues.



100% Africa, The Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain
from 10/12/06 to 02/18/07

This exhibition presents 25 contemporary African artists who live and work in sub-Saharan Africa. Painters, draftsmen, photographers, sculptors, and video artists from several generations are featured, including artists of international renown like portrait artist Seydou Keïta, painters Chéri Samba, George Lilanga, and Richard Onyango, the encyclopedist and universalist Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, the unclassifiable Bodys Isek Kingelez and Romuald Hazoumé, as well as younger, highly promising artists such as Abu Bakarr Mansaray, Titos Mabota, Pathy Tshindele, and Calixte Dakpogan, in an installation by leading Italian designer Ettore Sottsass and by Marco Palmieri, a prominent member of Sottsass’s team.



VIVE L'AFRIQUE, agnès b. showroom, Tokyo, Japan
from 05/29/06 to 07/31/06

From 27 May to 31 August, the Tokyo Mori Museum presents the Africa Remix, Exhibition presented last summer by the Pompidou Centre in Paris and including "Medicament City", a work by Kingelez on loan from agnès b., a great lover of African art. At the same time the "agnès b. showroom", the designer's new exhibition area in Tokyo, will present "Vive l’Afrique" (Long live Africa) an exhibition of works by artists from the agnès b. galerie du jour (Paris), including the photographers Seydou Keïta and Malik Sidibé. The "conte du barbu" (story of the bearded man), a new series of drawings by Fréderic Bruly Bouabré will also be presented to the public for the first time. The agnès b. stores will also be giving a high profile to Africa with African prints as well as exclusive re-issues of Bruly Bouabré's artists' tee-shirts.

agnès b. showroom, Ark Yagi Hills, 1-8-7, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
from 10 am to 6:30 pm, except on weekends and bank holidays



ARTS OF AFRICA, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
from 07/16/05 to 09/04/05

From traditional arts to the Jean Pigozzi contemporary collection

Unique and spectacular, scenographic writing by Ettore Sotssass

Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
July 16th to September 4th, 2005, Espace Ravel




African Art Now, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA
from 01/29/05 to 06/05/05


Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Upper Brown Pavilion
Photos: ©Tom Dubrock

Major, lavishly illustrated study of contemporary art being produced by the leading artists working in sub-Saharan Africa Painters, photographers, sculptors and installation artists are represented from nineteen countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Republic of Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Togo Artists include Frederic Bruly Bouabre, Seydou Keita, Samuel Kane Kwei, Cheri Samba and Malik Sidibe, among many others A rare glimpse into the latest currents in contemporary African art, showing how artists share an awareness of both local and global cultures, thereby acknowledging the complex heritage that African artists face today



J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere: Hairstyles, Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston, Texas, USA
from 01/15/05 to 03/05/05

Throughout African history, hairstyles have functioned as markers for social status and political position. Over three decades, veteran photographer J. D. 'Okhai Ojeikere has documented the transformations and variations found in traditional hairstyles worn by women of his native Nigeria. Some are designed for special occasions, others are meant for daily wear, but all of them are indicative of a larger cultural and historical landscape in which these elaborate designs pass from one generation to the next.

In the late 1950s and early '60s, the popular use of wigs began to threaten traditional hairdressing and contributed in time to the gradual disappearance of elaborate hair designs in the visual patterns of Nigerian life. While working on a series of photographs for the Nigerian Arts Council in 1968, Ojeikere became acutely aware of the cultural importance of this slowly fading tradition and set out to preserve it on film. Since then Ojeikere has made it a practice to photograph women's hairdos whenever he encounters a singular, truly exceptional creation, be it on the street, at work, or at parties, and over the years he has compiled a comprehensive archive of over a thousand photographs of hairstyles from all over Nigeria. Each hairstyle speaks to an ancient history, an accumulated knowledge, and the present state of a living culture. These intricate creations involve many hours, sometimes even days, of braidwork assembled in weave-like, linear patterns. For Ojeikere "hairstyling is a form of art. When you see a hairstylist do this or that, every singe movement is precise and rapid. She creates a hairstyle the way a sculptor would work - from nothing. It's fascinating."

Ojeikere photographs his subjects up close, from the back or in profile, in order to emphasize the formal and material qualities of the hairdos. Ojeikere explains that for his purposes "a photograph of the face reveals nothing, while those of the back are almost abstract and really show the sculptural aspects of the coiffures. The angle of each shot reveals distinctive structures." The crisp neutrality of the black or white backgrounds additionally enhances a disembodied sculptural reading of the individual hairstyle.

Ojeikere began his exceptional career as a darkroom assistant for the Ministry of Information in 1954 before becoming the studio photographer for the first African television station in 1961. In 1963 he was hired by West African Publicity where he worked for the greatest part of his career. In 1975, after twelve highly successful and influential years with West African Publicity, he opened his own photo studio Foto Ojeikere.

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere: Hairstyles features hairstyles from Ovibiomu-Emai, Nigeria, worn at celebrations, festivals, and marriages. Ojeikere's experience as a photojournalist, commercial photographer, and fine artist, steeped in the emergent cultural pride that accompanied Nigerian independence, comes together in this collection of black and white photos to celebrate hairstyles, stylists, and Nigerian cultural heritage. The exhibition is co-organized by Terrie Sultan, Director, Blaffer Gallery, and André Magnin, Curator and Artistic Director, CAAC: Contemporary African Art Collection, and is on view from January 15 through March 5, 2005.

This exhibition is organized by the CAAC, The Pigozzi Collection, Geneva and Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston. Presentation of this exhibition is made possible by Continental Airlines.

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere: Hairstyles is part of Houston's city-wide celebration of the artists of the CAAC. Additional installations devoted to Contemporary African Art are on view at: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Menil Collection, The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Project Row Houses, and The University Museum at Texas Southern University.


Blaffer Gallery, The Art Museum of the University of Houston
Photos: ©Rick Gardner





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