Global art publisher Phaidon will publish a new long volume dedicated to the last 140 years of African art. Over 300 artists were carefully selected by a panel of art historians, critics and curators who shed light on a range of legendary and emerging artists from the continent.
The massive book features an introduction by Chika Okeke-Agulu, who specializes in the history and theory of indigenous, modern and contemporary art of the African and African diaspora at Princeton University. Okeke-Agulu raises awareness of how African art has been presented and written over the past 100 years, with a particular focus on the representation of these works in the art market today.
While totally unintentional, the book’s chronological order offers an interesting juxtaposition between artists of the past and present, as well as disparate disciplines, which can elicit some interesting comparisons in the reader. We can see examples of this in the South African artist, Marie Sibande, whose sculptural art is presented alongside the work of Guinean photographer, Malick Sidibé.
The cover of the book was designed by Gabrielle Guy who was inspired by the colors found in Mozambican textiles. On 352 pages, of which 315 with illustrations, African artists: from 1882 to today is a fascinating study that can be pre-ordered for US $ 69.95 through Phaidon’s website. The book will ship on November 17th.
In addition, MUDAM presented a new exhibition on post-capital art.