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The future of NFTs in Africa and the challenges that lie ahead

Like every major change throughout history, NFTs have their ups and downs. What does this mean for the African art market?

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The rise of NFTs and the African artists

One of the boons of NFT is its ability to level the competition, especially amongst African creatives.

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This site lets you download all the NFTs in the world

If you're curious, that's about 17TB of data.

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NFTs herald a new frontier for African contemporary art

Currently, African and Black contributions to art sales are just 1% of the total global collective. Can the new NFT trend change that?

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Interviews

Watch: Curator Jérémy Chausse talks about the art market with the Russian Academy of Design

Last week, our art expert and curator, Jérémy Chausse, was invited to give a talk at the Russian Academy of Design (RAD). In this talk, Jérémy talks about contemporary art, his vision for the art market, and how collectors may use art objects in interior space.

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NFT

Miramax files a lawsuit against Tarantino for his "Pulp Fiction" NFTs

After Quentin Tarantino ignored a cease-and-desist letter, Miramax filed a lawsuit against the writer/director and his Pulp Fiction NFT sales.

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News

Paris Photo 2021 showcases some of the best in photography right now

Held at the temporary Grand Palais Ephémère, Paris Photo 2021 shows us why photography is worth collecting.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Rendani Nemakhavhani

South African art director and illustrator Rendani Nemakhavhani first created the persona PR$DNT HONEY during the 2019 South African national elections. Under this moniker, she continues to create works celebrating the lives of Black women.

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DigitalArt4Climate: A new, UN-backed initiative that uses NFT to fight climate change

As part of the United Nations’ Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development, the UN-Habitat and several other stakeholders created the DigitalArt4Climate initiative. According to their website, the initiative “uses blockchain technology to turn art into digital assets or NFTs, which can be collected and traded, thus opening up a socio-technological innovation space which helps to unlock extraordinary potential for resource mobilization and climate empowerment.”

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News

AKAA 2021 features over 100 African and African Diaspora artists from 39 international galleries

For their sixth edition of the AKAA fair, the committee decided on the running theme of Against The Flow TIme to reflect on the difficult year we all had to go through. What results is the display of resilience from artists, especially African artists, when faced with the difficulties of the past year.

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Artist Rachel Rossin mints her entire DNA sequence into an NFT

Known for experimenting with technology, artist Rachel Rossin decides to mint her DNA on the OpenSea platform. What does that mean for Rossin and, broadly, for the future of digital technology?

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News

London's National Gallery is reexamining its past and its ties to slavery

While London’s National Gallery is still struggling with its repatriation efforts for its collection of looted artifacts, it is not completely silent on reexamining its controversial past. This week, the National Gallery released the results of several years of research looking into the legacies of British Slave-ownership of the museum’s donors, collectors, and other figures associated with the museum.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: David Shrobe

Like many artists, David Shrobe look to his past and his home to inspire his creations. Unlike many artists, Shrobe physically incorporates parts of his history into his creations. With a family history that can be traced almost a century back, Shrobe has inherited some items rich with stories. In turn, he incorporates these historical items into a similarly charged artwork about identities and history. 

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Virtual Exhibitions

Dennis Osadebe: Inside Out — Reimagining Africa through bright and colorful Neo-Africa

Tired of the lazy term, Africa Art, artist Dennis Osadebe coined the term Neo-Africa to reimagine a more positive, bright, and hopeful Africa. Through the use of digital methods and traditional Nigerian imagery, Osudabe marries the two into an insightful look at present-day Nigeria and the world at large.

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NFT might not be so diverse after all

NFT had many features that should have made the space more diverse, but it doesn't seem like that's what's happening.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Tariku Shiferaw

For artist Tariku Shiferaw, the mark is a concept that he constantly grapples with. A mark is a way for humans to leave behind their presence. When used purposefully, it becomes a storytelling tool that’s utilized as early as the presence of the cave marks. When simplified, a mark becomes a line. It’s a feature that’s heavily repeated in Shiferaw’s works. It’s present in the painted lines he creates or the shipping crates he utilized.

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News

Two British institutions returned their looted Benin Bronzes while the British Museum continues to refuse to do the same

In a historic move, Cambridge University and the University of Aberdeen become the first British institutions to return their Benin Bronzes. This move adds pressure for the British Museum to follow suit.

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An Art Collective is making us think about authenticity and the worth of art by mxing a genuine Warhol with 999 copies

Would you buy an Andy Warhol sketch for $250? Would you buy it if you know the sketch is priced at $20,000? And would you buy it if there’s only a 0.1 percent chance that the piece you bought was a genuine Warhol?

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Art, Politics & Society

How two African artists use their art to reclaim the African narrative

Through the use of their respective medium, artists like Mohau Modisakeng and Mário Macilau reclaim the African narrative.

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Artist JR made parts of the Great Pyramids disappear and turned it into 4.591 NFTs

Known for using anamorphosis effects to drastically change historical monuments, artist JR's latest work is also his first foray into the NFT world.

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News

Amongst the Pyramids of the Giza Plateau, contemporary art breathes new life to the ancient structures

After over a year of preparation and three years of negotiations with UNESCO, the ancient grounds of the Giza Plateau will be home to an unprecedented exhibition of its nature.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Ludovic Nkoth

With his bright and bold strokes of color, Nkoth brings to life the humanity and the stark reality they have to go through.

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Czech royal family uses NFT to secure 700-years-old collection

By creating these NFTs, the House of Lobkowicz hope to preserve and enhance their vast collection.

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News

Collectors are excited about a diverse set of artists, according to a price ascension report

These artists from all sorts of backgrounds smashed every expectation and sold their works at multiple times the high estimates.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Murjoni Merriweather

With her sculptures, artist Murjoni Merriweather aims to highlight and celebrate the natural features of Black bodies.

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Infamous Art Forger Wolfgang Beltracchi is selling his versions of Leonardo Da VInci's Salvator Mundi as NFTs

Beltracchi’s new project, which he titled “The Greats”, consists of multiple versions of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi. In total, Beltracchi will be selling 4,608 NFTs on the Ethereum blockchain. The NFTs will be on sale 5 days from the publication of this article. In another humorous poke at ownership, Beltracchi said that the buyers will not know which version of his Salvator Mundi they will get.

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News

The University of Hong Kong demands the removal of a monument to Tiananmen Square massacre off its pramises with onlu a week of warning

In a tense exchange between several parties, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) has requested the removal of a statue that has been exhibited at the campus since 1997. The request came after the disbandment of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China.

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Artist Spotlight

Nate Lewis: Unknown histories through patterns, textures, and rhythm

Partially influenced by his medical background, artist Nate Lewis explores history using patterns, textures, and rhythm.

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Artist Spotlight

With perseverance and ingenuity, photographer and artist Awuku Darko Samuel wants to inspire the next generation to create

There is an avant-garde quality to Samuel’s photographs. True to his mission, Samuel utilizes whatever he could get his hands on to create his highly conceptual works.

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Virtual Exhibitions

NFT marketplace Alpha Quark wants to focus on creators and help them protect their Intellectual Property

By protecting their IP, artists are still getting paid every time their NFT is sold. To help show the best artists on their marketplace, Alpha Quirk curated a digital gallery of the best they have to offer.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Tyler Ballon

Both in grandness, color, and composition, Ballon’s works evoke the same aura as Christian arts of yore. Mixed with the contemporariness of Ballon’s subjects, his work becomes a powerful message of the lives and plight of the modern Black people.

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News

Artificial Intelligence testing revealed that National Gallery's Rubens masterpiece is likely a fake

Skeptics have questioned the authenticity of "Samson and Delilah" for decades, but this test might prove to be the final nail in the coffin.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Zéh Palito

Palito’s work is bright, bold, and most importantly, it tells a story. Taking inspiration from Brazilian and African culture, his works imagine a utopia where humans can seamlessly co-exist with nature.

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News

Voice seeks to empower creators through their first NFT residency

Among others, the NFT platform worked together with photographer Misan Harriman

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News

Nigerian artists want to exchange new artworks for the British Museum's Benin Bronzes

For the return of the Benin Bronzes currently housed at the British Museum in London, a group of Nigerian artists is offering new artworks in its place.

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News

L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped wraps the entire national landmark in a shimmery gray fabric

After six decades, Christo and Jeanne-Claude's dream of wrapping the Arc de Triomphe was finally realized posthumously.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art will return an ornate shield once looted by the Nazis to the Czech Republic

After eight decades the shield will finally return home, to the place where it has been decorating the Konopiště Castle for many years,” said Lubomír Zaorálek, Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic. 

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Patrick Quarm

As vibrant as his paintings can be on screen, it is the three-dimensional aspect of his paintings that truly makes them special.

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News

Dread Scott's First NFT Sells A White Man On An Auction Block

Scott’s NFT features a looping video of a white man standing on an auction block at a Brooklyn sidewalk. Scott titled the work White Man For Sale and will be auctioned at Christie’s during a special sale on October 1. 

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News

Sotheby's Bored Ape lots sold for $26 Million, a new recrod for Sotheby's

After its closing on September 9, 2021, the two lots were sold for a combined total of $26.2 million. The first lot, which contained 101 Bored Ape NFTs, raked in the equivalent of $24.4 million. The second lot, with 101 NFTs from the Bored Ape Kennel Club, was sold for a total of $1.8 million. 

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Djeneba Aduayom

Having spent years as a professional dancer, Djeneba Aduayom spent her life thinking about movement and the human body. After an injury caused her to rethink her life and career, she picked up a camera and began exploring the human body in another way.

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Sotheby's Bored Ape lot surpassed expectations days before auction closes

The Bored Ape lot auctioned at Sotheby's was estimated to sell for $12 million to $18 million. With days left until its closing, the lot has already surpassed expectation with a current bid of $19 million.

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An NFT collector thought they were buying a genuine Banksy NFT. Turns out it was all a scam.

An NFT collector by the name of Pranksy seemed to have some prophetic sense about his chosen online moniker. The Banksy NFT they purchased turned out to be... a prank.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Mo Baala

From painting to sculpture, photography to performance, music to poetry, Baala will not hesitate to use whatever medium is available to him to satisfy his creative needs.

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News

Visa purchased a CryptoPunk for its collection, now the world rushes to have a piece of the NFT trend

When Visa announced its purchase of a CryptoPunk avatar, the project soon exploded in popularity, with many collectors joining in to purchase the unique avatars.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Wonder Buhle Mbambo

Growing up in the village of Kwangcolosi in Kwa Zulu Natal to a spiritual healer mother, artist Wonder Buhle Mbambo’s works are greatly influenced by the spiritual side of his culture.

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Art, Politics & Society

The Scurlock Studio: How a team of father and sons empowered a community through photography

From studio portraits to street documentation, Addison Scurlock's photography tells the story of early 20th century Black Americans.

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News

Smithsonian acquires essential, rare early photography collection by and featuring Black Americans

The collection features almost 300 objects which feature photography of abolitionists, women entrepreneurs of the Underground Railroad, and photographic jewelry.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Troy Michie

Inspired by his diverse hometown, Michie's collages explore the intersection between different identities.

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Art, Politics & Society

How NFT and Digital Art can make the art world a little bit less white and male

For the past few decades, a different generation of artists is using everchanging technology to create not just a new type of art, but a new type of artist. Unlike the very homogenous club of the traditional art world, the digital art world is incredibly diverse, with all sorts of people, of all shapes and sizes, from all corners of the world.

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Simon Fujiwara's exhibition "Who's Online!" explores the creation of identity through images

At the beginning of 2020, during the first lockdown, artist Simon Fujiwara was lost. Like many of us, he did not know what’s happening and what is going to happen. As he attempted to navigate this confusion, he created the character Who the Bær.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Darryl DeAngelo Terrell

Like many photographers before them, Darryl DeAngelo Terrell has used the camera to create a different, and at times opposing, narrative from what the media depicts.

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Art, Politics & Society

Image Is Power: How Kwame Brathwaite Changed The Narrative With Photography

Meet the man behind the images that drove the Black Is Beautiful movement at its inception.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.

Brown tells his stories through the intimate portrayal of Black bodies and how they interact with and occupy the space around them.

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Virtual Exhibitions

VIDEO: Take a quick glimpse into the immersive experience of the exhibition "IT IS ALL AROUND US"

With an ever-changing roster of artists, IT IS ALL AROUND US aims to show the infinite possibilities of this art form and the equalizing power NFT and digital art can have.

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News

Amoako Boafo’s artwork will reach outer space

Boafo will paint the outer panels of a rocket that will launch in fall 2021.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Dawn Okoro

Inspired by fashion and Black culture, Dawn Okoro creates compelling images of Black bodies.

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News

Hermitage Museum joins the NFT crowd, minting Leonardo paintings as NFTs

The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, has announced that it will be selling several of its collections as NFTs to raise funds for the museum.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Nina Chanel Abney

Artist Nina Chanel Abney’s abstract paintings capture the frenetic contemporary culture of today, combining her signature bold colors and abstractions with the representation of diverse subjects.

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News

NFT defies expectancy, continues to stay relevant with $2.4 billion in sales

Some critics said NFT wouldn't last, but the market would like to differ.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Brittany Tucker

Brittany Tucker's doodles both reverse the racist narrative and emphasize them.

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News

Art Basel returns with 273 galleries to its home city with its hybrid format

With 273 participating galleries from 33 countries, Art Basel will feature both physical, in-person viewings as well as online viewing rooms

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News

Damien Hirst's first NFT collection can be traded for physical works

Each unique piece will be sold as NFTs. That is, unless the collector wishes to trade it for a physical piece.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: David Alekhuogie

Alekhuogie takes items and iconography that are often associated with Black culture and examines their existence and why we see them as they are. 

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Mona Taha

With nothing but her charcoal, she captures contemplative moments of the woman in her work

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Nikita Gale

Whether it’s through playing with her materials or by performing in front of an audience, Gale breaks apart and dissects the political, social, and economic systems we’re all a part of.

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Art, Politics & Society

The Two Sides of The NFT coin: The Downside

Once an institution as big as Christie’s decided digital art was worth selling, digital art became a legitimate form of art. Many artists were excited about this new legitimacy. But many also were wary of it.

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Art, Politics & Society

The Two Sides of The NFT coin: The Upside

Like most innovations in history, there’s a pros and cons list that goes with it. Does the benefit outweigh the cost?

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Christina Quarles

As a queer, biracial woman, Quarles reflects a sense of ambiguity in the flowing figures within her paintings

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News

A Very Special Place: Ikon in the 1990s — Ikon Looks Back At A Seminal Decade

By framing the past, Ikon reflects on how that past shaped them and envisions a new future

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Sable Elyse Smith

The contextual backbone of her works lies in revealing the violence, both visible and invisible, in society

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Interviews

"It is not a question of replacing visual art with technology, but of giving a new dimension to the art market." - An Interview with curator Jérémy Chausse

The exhibition "IT IS ALL AROUND US" is showcasing NFT artworks from a variety of artists all around the world. The world of NFT, and digital art in general, is a vast, unexplored land rife with possibilities. We had a chat with the curator of the show, Jérémy Chausse, about why he thinks NFT is the future and what we can look forward to in the exhibition.

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Virtual Exhibitions

"IT IS ALL AROUND US" Aims To Show The Infinite Possibilities Of NFT

There are a variety of stories, techniques, and visual language that will give the visitors of “IT IS ALL AROUND US” an understanding of just what NFT and digital art can do. 

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Devon Shimoyama

Within his works, many of which are self-portraits, he turns the Black queer body into a sensual, ethereal being, whose existence is desired by all.

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News

'A Black Hole Is Everything a Star Longs to Be' Gives A Glimpse To 28 Years Of Kara Walker's Storied Career

Featuring over 600 of her drawings, the exhibition ‘A Black Hole is Everything a Star Longs to Be’ becomes the first glimpse the outside world will have to the mind of Kara Walker.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Jonathan Lyndon Chase

With distorted figures, Chase defies the binary gender structures in society, blending different characteristics within one singular body

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News

David Zwirner launches 'Program', a global live-streaming program on June 10

Program is a global live-streaming event set to bring audiences around the world into the four David Zwirner gallery spaces in New York, London, Paris, and Hong Kong.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Jennifer Packer

Packer often asks the people in her life to be subjects in her works. By depicting them in paint, she’s creating a message that the people in her work deserve to be recognized and deserve to exist.

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News

Art Brussels launched The Art Brussels WEEK, a blend of online and offline viewing experience

For the 2021 edition of Art Brussels, the fair has decided to collaborate with the art online marketplace, Artsy. From June 1-14, 2021, collectors and art enthusiasts all over the world will be able to view what Art Brussels has to offer through Artsy’s website.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Greg Breda

Artist Greg Breda creates portraits that are grounded in reality but with a whimsicality and softness to them.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Elizabeth Catlett

At the end of her life, she was beloved by many and instilled the belief in the power of art as a tool of social justice.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Collins Obijiaku

His technique involves tracing the contour of the subject’s face as if mapping every part of the figure’s presence.

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News

Art Basel Hong Kong Held Physically And Virtually Amidst Protests and Pandemic Restrictions

The ninth Art Basel Hong Kong was held on May 19-23. The first held since the pandemic, the fair was met with both enthusiasm and criticism.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Bisa Butler

As a fiber artist, she’s created many story quilts that tell the tales of African Americans.

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Art, Politics & Society

What Chadwick Boseman’s Oscars NFT Blunder Reveals About What Digital Art Can — And Should — Do

After a barrage of criticism for his initial NFT inspired by the late Chadwick Boseman, artist Andre Oshea created a new work that addressed many of those critics. His new work, in comparison to his last, showed the capabilities the digital medium has.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Stephen Towns

Though he started his career in painting, he began experimenting with fabric as another way of telling the stories of labor and slavery.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Tommy Mitchell

Mitchell’s softly rendered portraits convey emotions and feelings that are achieved by contrasting the photorealistic details of the figures with acrylic swaths of flat colors.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Alex Gardner

Artist Alex Gardner is known for his oil paintings of faceless silhouettes with as few identifying details as possible.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe

Quaicoe’s stunning paintings always touch upon his experience as an African entering the African American community.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Abe Ogulende

There’s a child-like sense of play that comes from his use of colors and shapes.

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Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Amy Sherald

Set in front of a single bright colored background, Sherald would only paint her figures in shades of gray.

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News

Frieze's Return To (Almost) Normal

For the first time since May 2020, New York City had its first in-person art fair. Though limited in size and scope due to the pandemic, the Frieze Art Fair might be a sign that things are starting to return to normal in the art world.

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Art, Politics & Society

Developing A New Understanding Of Art’s Role In Civil Society

Let’s unfold three long-standing polarities at stake in the art world: Government vs. Market, Freedom vs. Authority, and Provocation vs. Decadence. 

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Art, Politics & Society

Dawoud Bey: African American History – Past & Present

Not only to make them ‘real’, Bey also illustrates the idea of possibilities and forgotten intimate historical violence. In the words of Maurice Berger for the New York Times, Bey transforms the “epochal story into a flesh and blood reality… through images of contemporary Americans who are no different from us”.

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Artist Spotlight

Victor Ehikhamenor: An Innovative Contemporary Artist

Hailed as one of the most innovative artists from Africa, Victor Ehikhamenor creates stunning visual masterpieces inspired by his African roots.

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Artist Spotlight

David Chambers: Color At Rest

When the world was in turmoil, he wanted to create calm.

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Laura Soi is an accomplished content writer and poet, She is dedicated to writing stories and opening untold chapters in new books. She is passionate about art and has written published articles. She continues to help people get ideas out of their heads onto paper. She loves to travel and eat.
Marques Hardin is the founder of Artgence. Alongside his role as a personal art shopper and art advisor for the company, he loves to seek out the best artworks out there, especially by Black and African artists, and share them with the world. He writes quick snippets to highlight the artists he loves and the amazing works they create.
I’m Phoebe, originally from London, I’ve been living in Amsterdam for the past three years. I have always had a love of art and writing, and have been writing for small publications for a few years now. Although I write on a wide range of topics, art has always been my favourite to write about - especially about up and coming artists, and how art relates to wider culture. Abstract expressionism is probably my favourite type of art, but I will always take the opportunity. to explore a new style or artist.
Liza Gasyuk is a freelance writer and a photographer from Ukraine. Having lived in different countries such as the USA, China, Russia, The Netherlands, she values the cross-cultural exploration of humanity and its customs. Interested in all of the topics on the brink of each other, she received a varied education as an English-Chinese interpreter and a Liberal Arts master's degree in art-critics, Liza implements a multidisciplinary approach to art and life.
Gilda Bruno is a freelance writer, editor, and photographer currently based in London. She has recently contributed to culture publications such as DAZED, BRICKS Magazine, Nuda Paper, and CultMag UK. Since December 2020, she's a Culture & News Editor for MOSAIKO Magazine. Her writing looks at the intersection of art, fashion, and politics with the goal of spotlighting the work of underrepresented communities.
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Communication Science student at the University of Amsterdam, primarily focused on political communication. Finds interest in culture, art and music, specifically reflecting their influence on society. Magazine editor and freelance journalist that is always ready for new adventures, stories and a quality debate. If not busy talking, is probably looking for her lost pieces of jewelry.
A passionate political theorist, studying political science at the University of Amsterdam. Trying to define the influence gender and race have in contemporary world politics and other power structures. Aiming to spread awareness regarding intersectional feminism, sexism and racism; appreciating different cultures; Discussing societal structures and ideas and their connection to art.
Romain studied humanities at Lycée Henri IV and is now a student at HEC Paris. He had experience in an independent publishing firm as well as in journalism. He is passionate about Art and Politics.
Elyes Zaoui is a French and Tunisian student at HEC Paris. He is passionate about the dynamics of the art market, and the characteristics that make it really unique.
Contributor – Bertille Fauvel is a TV-Show Chief Editor based in Amsterdam (SIB UNITED NATIONS) and free-lance contributor for Artgence Blog. Student in Political Sciences and Business Administration, she specializes in policy and management of the creative industries. Focusing in both Art History and Cinematography, she is interested by the protection and promotion of arts and culture in all its aesthetical forms.
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