2018 State of the African Art Market

Voice of the Collector

January 05, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Discover who today’s collectors of African art are, what they are buying, and how they think the market will evolve over the next few years in ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA's first State of the African Art Market report.

New Book: Maternités aus dem Pays Lobi

December 16, 2017 By: Dr. Stephan Herkenhoff

The Lobi people of Burkina Faso are one of the most interesting in Africa. Their belief in nature spirits and gods still exists today as does their authentic, varied and very individual representation of maternity figures.

Artist Spotlight

Lukman Alade Fakeye, Nigeria

December 04, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

The youngest of the Fakeye family of carvers, Lukman Alade Fakeye, son of Akin Fakeye and nephew of Lamidi Fakeye, continues the carving legacy by creating contemporary versions of traditional Yoruba art.


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Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa’s Arts

November 28, 2017 By: Kevin D. Dumouchelle

'Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts', the National Museum of African Art’s new permanent collection installation curated by Kevin D. Dumouchelle, Christine Mullen Kreamer, and Karen E. Milbourne, represents the broadest possible range of Africa’s creative visual expressions. Featuring over 300 works of art, 'Visionary' takes as its central premise the primary activity, of 'looking'.

Carl Kjersmeier

Pioneer Among Collectors of African Art

November 21, 2017 By: Leif Birger Holmstedt

Carl Kjersmeier was a passionate collector of classic African art. He devoted his life to not only collecting art but strived to understand the work processes of the artists that created these objects. Learn about the life, journey, and passion of this poet at heart.

Collector Spotlight

Magnus & Tina Svensson, Sweden

November 14, 2017 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"The most important piece of advice is to see and touch as many pieces as you can. Train your eye and you will begin to see the differences sooner or later. Then you will see pieces and know, that one—no, that one—yes!"