L’Art Rituel and the Aesthetics of the Real

Trauma and Magic

September 19, 2018 By: Srdjan Sremac

Ritual objects express the philosophical and aesthetical maxim of life. Ritual performance functions as a framework that enables entrusting one’s self to the unexpected, uncharted way of 'traumatic' reality in which the sublime emerges.

Collector Spotlight

William Harper, United States

August 09, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"In the exhibition were three small Fon bocio figures. They had a kind of mystery that I had been trying to bring into my own work. Seeing the Fon figures was one of those moments when the lightbulb went off in my head."

ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA Reading List

Books to Pack on Your Holiday

August 09, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

We asked eight collectors to share their favourite books on African art to help you decide on your holiday reading.


Dealer Spotlight

Ann de Pauw, Belgium

July 31, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"With bocio figures, one can always see the wood. If the whole piece is ‘sacrificed’ from top to bottom (and even underneath), then you can be almost certain that it is a fake. A natural sacrificial patina is built up, little by little, over time."

The Liliane and Michel Durand-Dessert Collection

Preview of the Upcoming Christie’s Auction

June 22, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Christie’s Paris will present the collection of Liliane and Michel Durand-Dessert. Bruno Claessens, European Head of African and Oceanic Art, explains who the couple is behind the collection and why this sale is not only unique but also important.

What's in a Name?

Redefining 'Historical' African Art

June 19, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Primitive, tribal, ethnographic, fetish. Where did these terms originate and what should we call art made by African artists in the past?