African art

Global demand for African art brings near-record year for South African auction house despite ‘much higher degrees of uncertainty’

Strauss & Co is launching a new sale format with the aim of fostering a more inclusive African art market

Art books coming soon in 2023: the pick of the crop

The Art Newspaper’s books editor Jacqueline Riding selects spring and summer publications to look out for, from the Surrealism of Leonora Carrington to 100 years of Black figuration

Ghananews

Amoako Boafo opens artist residency in Accra

Dot.ateliers resembles the types of cultural spaces the Ghanaian artist says he wishes existed when he was younger

Why are so many African art fairs dominated by non-African dealers?

Comparing the homegrown Art X Lagos to more global events like 1-54 brings up tough questions about race that the art world still struggles to answer

Is Qatar's Fifa World Cup a lesson in artwashing?

Plus, how long left of the good times in the New York auction world? And abstract Black figuration

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Qatari sheikh’s rare ivory mask, stolen from Benin City by the British, is one of five on public display—none in Nigeria

The 16th-century mask was withdrawn from sale at Sotheby’s over a decade ago amid escalating calls for restitution

Book Clubinterview

Q&A: Osei Bonsu on his book about artists shaping the contemporary African art scene

The curator has brought together the work of 50 artists from across the continent for his new book African Art Now

Surging demand for African art brings new galleries to 1-54 fair in London

As auction sales soar, 14 galleries are showing at this year’s contemporary African art fair for the first time

A critical mass of galleries from across Africa are participating in The Armory Show

This year's edition includes galleries with spaces in Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Africa

‘The Benin Bronzes are returning home’: Germany and Nigeria sign historic restitution agreement

More than 1,100 looted items will be transferred though some artefacts will remain on loan to German museums

Berlin announces several restitution agreements with Namibia, Cameroon and Nigeria

Berlin Biennale conference will focus on "decolonising" arts and culture

Duncan Ballantyne-Way. With additional reporting by Gareth Harris

The Met creates digital project tied to $70m upgrade of African, ancient American and Oceanic art galleries

The venture, made in collaboration with the World Monuments Fund and several African art and culture scholars, will examine historical sites in sub-Saharan Africa

Review: Does the Whitney Biennial really reflect the world today?

Plus, the exhibition Afro-Atlantic Histories opens in Washington and Raphael's late self-portrait at London's National Gallery

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Washington's National Gallery of Art surveys five centuries of African influence on Western art

Spanning art from 17th century to today, the show aims to explore the complex and compelling histories and cultural legacy of the African diaspora

What are the next challenges for cultural restitution?

The full story of colonial plundering lies not in museum displays but in unopened, uncatalogued boxes in store rooms

Restitutionanalysis

Why Macron's radical promise to return African treasures has stalled

Four years after a landmark pledge to hand back colonial loot, French government has opposed a new restitution bill backed by the Senate

Phillips taps into demand for contemporary Ghanaian art with selling exhibition

Birds of a Feather, held in collaboration with the Ghanaian company Artemartis, will run next month at the auction house's Berkeley Square headquarters in London

Bookspreview

Spring awakening: new art books out soon, from African Art and Bernini to self-taught artists and Franz Kafka

Our books editor selects some of the tempting titles arriving on bookstore shelves in the coming months

The Met begins $70m renovation of African, ancient American and Oceanic art galleries

The galleries, housed in the Michael C. Rockefeller wing of the museum, will be modernised to better contextualise the collection and illustrate the ‘complex story of cultural development over the last 5,000 years’

‘Often we consider Blackness as a monolith’: Pérez museum presents global Black identity in all its diversity

Exhibition of features contemporary works by more than 30 artists from Africa and the African diaspora from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection

Colonial loot restitution debate enters UK parliament with new committee on African reparations

An all-party parliamentary group headed by the MP for Streatham aims to “start a discussion and educate people”

Art fairspreview

Paintings and African art to dominate at Abu Dhabi Art

Emirati art fair expects lots of US collectors as international visits to Dubai Expo give "a really good indication that people have the confidence to travel again"

Art X Lagos puts NFTs by African artists in the limelight

Nigeria's contemporary art fair, on until Sunday in physical form and online until 21 November, has partnered with Superrare to show digital works by artists such as Youssef El Idrissi, Linda Dounia and Rendani Nemakhavhani

Strong sales at 1-54 fair—with more African dealers than ever

Twenty galleries from Africa are among 47 exhibitors at the fair in London this week, with some taking advantage of the UK's newly relaxed pandemic travel rules

Ethiopian gallery Addis Fine Art to open space in London

One of the few Black-owned galleries in London, the space will open with a show of Nirit Takele in October as the gallery takes part in Frieze London for the first time

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Abuja, Miami, Seoul: gallery director Dolly Kola-Balogun maps out her path to African art’s world domination

The 27-year-old founder of Retro Africa talks about her expansion plans and how she is helping to build a contemporary art scene in Nigeria

The Met will return two Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

The Benin Court plaques donated in 1991 with more than 150 other works, have been deaccessioned, while a third object, an Ife Head offered for purchase, will instead be restituted