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.


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.


Parcours des Mondes 2018

But What Do the People Think?

September 26, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

The autumn African art season of 2018 kicked off with the 17th edition of the Paris art fair, Parcours des Mondes. We asked this year's fair visitors to share their highlights from the show.


Wifredo Lam

Cuban Artist & Collector: Reclaiming African Symbolism

September 23, 2018 By: Leif Birger Holmstedt

Cuban artist Wifredo Lam was a frontrunner of a cross-cultural state of style that subsumed Western modernism with African and Caribbean symbolism. His search for an artistic standpoint brought him in contact with the avant-garde movements of his age, movements that all had great significance in his work.