African & Oceanic Art Auction

Millea Bros. Ltd., 607 Myrtle Avenue, Boonton, 07005: New Jersey, United States

November 22, 2019 - November 22, 2019 Auction November 22, 2019 November 22, 2019 Europe/London African & Oceanic Art Auction Millea Bros. Ltd., 607 Myrtle Avenue, Boonton, 07005: New Jersey, United States

African art finds come to auction on Nov 22. Bid in this live auction featuring African artworks once owned by Jay C. Leff, J.J. Klejman, Newark Museum and more.


Lagos Biennial

Independence Building, Cable St, Lagos Island: Lagos, Nigeria

October 26, 2019 - November 30, 2019 Exhibition October 26, 2019 November 30, 2019 Europe/London Lagos Biennial Independence Building, Cable St, Lagos Island: Lagos, Nigeria

The forthcoming biennial titled, How To Build a Lagoon with Just a Bottle of Wine? will take the city of Lagos as its epicenter and point of departure for a broader investigation on how contemporary artists, designers, and other creatives, are responding to the challenges and possibilities of environments today. Inspired by lines from Nigerian writer Akeem Lasisi’s poem “A Song For Lagos,” the biennial’s title calls to mind the lagoons and waterways, that founded the city; the centuries-long histories of trade that have transformed Lagos; and daily herculean and inconceivable activities that support our burgeoning metropolis.


Sotheby’s Arts of Africa and the Americas

76, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré: Paris, France

December 04, 2019 - December 04, 2019 Auction December 04, 2019 December 04, 2019 Europe/London Sotheby’s Arts of Africa and the Americas 76, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré: Paris, France

For the first time Sotheby’s Paris will organise the December sale of The Arts of Africa and the Americas at the same time as the Paris sales of important Design and Contemporary Art. For ten days and presented across the entire building all the art pieces, paintings and furniture will be presented in a highly curated exhibition.


Magdalene Odundo: The Journey of Things

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts UEA, Norwich NR4 7TJ: Norwich, United Kingdom

August 03, 2019 - December 15, 2019 Exhibition August 03, 2019 December 15, 2019 Europe/London Magdalene Odundo: The Journey of Things Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts UEA, Norwich NR4 7TJ: Norwich, United Kingdom

Magdalene Odundo OBE is one of the world’s most esteemed artists working in the field of ceramics. This major exhibition will bring together more than 50 of Odundo’s works. They will be shown alongside a large selection of objects chosen by Odundo from across the globe and spanning 3000 years, to reveal the rich and diverse range of objects and making traditions that have informed the development of her own work. The Journey of Things at the Sainsbury Centre will allow Transition II to be presented in the context of Odundo’s ceramic practice.


Dimensions of Power: African Art

100 Moose Krause Circle, Notre Dame: Indiana, United States

August 22, 2018 - December 31, 2019 Exhibition August 22, 2018 December 31, 2019 Europe/London Dimensions of Power: African Art 100 Moose Krause Circle, Notre Dame: Indiana, United States

The Snite Museum of Art African art collection will reopen this fall within a larger, more prestigious space on the main floor of the Museum. The reinstallation will explore themes of power. In the past, African art was often tied into the way African leaders promoted their agendas. Royalty and rulers used art to project their authority; religious groups promoted their faiths; while the wealthy desired to display their riches. Ordinary Africans also used art to enable them to wield their own forms of power. Since supernatural forces were thought to play a large role in determining events, it was important to own objects that could withstand or shape events that lay beyond ordinary control. Fifty-nine outstanding works from the Snite Museum collection will illustrate these ideas through themes of economic, political, social, and spiritual power in Africa. Most of these works have never been on public view before. Nearly a third belong to the Owen D. Mort Jr. Collection, with art primarily from Democratic Republic of Congo, where Mort worked for many years. As he said, “My hope is to educate people on Africa. It’s been a great love of mine… Ideally Notre Dame would use the collection for education, to get interest going in Africa.”


Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue: Washington, D.C., United States

April 18, 2019 - December 31, 2019 Exhibition April 18, 2019 December 31, 2019 Europe/London Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue: Washington, D.C., United States

For more than two millennia, ironworking has shaped African cultures in the most fundamental ways. Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths reveals the history of invention and technical sophistication that led African blacksmiths to transform one of Earth’s most basic natural resources into objects of life-changing utility, empowerment, prestige, spiritual potency, and astonishing artistry. Striking Iron is an international travelling exhibition organized by the Fowler Museum at UCLA that combines scholarship with objects of great aesthetic beauty to create the most comprehensive treatment of the blacksmith’s art in Africa to date. The exhibition includes over 225 artworks from across the African continent focusing on the region south of the Sahara and covering a time period spanning early archaeological evidence to the present day. Striking Iron features artworks from the Fowler collection as well as American and European public and private collections.