Asen: Identifying Form, Style, and Artists

Barbier-Mueller Exhibition Preview: Part II

December 10, 2018 By: Suzanne Preston Blier

We provide a preview of the exhibition, Asen: Mémoires de fer Forgé - Art Vodun du Danhomè in this two-part article. Part II explores these stunning works, both individually and in core artistic groups that represent key examples of these arts from the southern West African area of Benin Republic.


Asen: Dahomey History and Forged Memories of Iron

Barbier-Mueller Exhibition Preview: Part I

December 10, 2018 By: Suzanne Preston Blier

We provide a preview of the exhibition, Asen: Mémoires de fer Forgé - Art Vodun du Danhomè in this two-part article. Part I explores questions of use, the history of these arts, the political changes that occurred in Dahomey in which asen featured prominently, and how asen help us to understand the changing relationships between local residents and Europeans in the pre-colonial and colonial era.


Send It Back!

Chronicling the African Art Repatriation Debate

December 08, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

As the debate about the restitution and repatriation of looted African artworks and cultural artefacts rages on, we chronicle the timeline of events that have and continue to shape the question, should Western museums send back looted African art.


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In Defense of Clay

Celebrating Terracotta Works in the Monti Collection

December 03, 2018 By: Joris Visser

In praise of clay, terracotta, stone, and soil, we explore the allure that ‘Earth’ once had.


Preview of the Sotheby's Paris 2018 Autumn Auction

The Pierre Bergé Collection

October 19, 2018 By: Pierre Mollfulleda

Pierre Bergé's estate, including his collection of African art, is coming up for sale at Sotheby’s, and the estimates caught our eye!


54 Countries, One Continent

Our Picks From 1-54 London 2018

October 12, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Remember at the start of the year, when we said that contemporary African art is the darling of the industry? Well, if this year's 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair is anything to go by then we were right.