Exploring Motherhood in African Arts

April 06, 2018 By: Herbert M. Cole

Mother and child imagery is prevalent on the African continent. Maternity images are used by everyone, from commoners to diviners, priests to kings—varied objects used in everyday and ritual life. Learn more about portrayals of mothers and their children in this preview of 'Maternity: Mothers and Children in the Arts of Africa'.

Artist Spotlight

Dimitri Fagbohoun, France

March 15, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

Born in Benin, growing up in Cameroon, and now working between Paris, Brussels and Cotonou, Dimitri Fagbohoun's work questions what it is to be 'African'. Fagbohoun reflects on his background and history, straddling geographical and artistic boundaries. Learn how Dimitri interprets classic works of African art.

Collector Spotlight

Montague Hermann, United States

March 08, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

“While most were milling around traditional pieces [at the Dakar Biennale] I thought, there’s really cool stuff over here, there’s a conversation to be had about contemporary African art.”


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Through the Eyes of Picasso

February 27, 2018 By: Rachel Kabukala

This exhibition, at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, explores Pablo Picasso’s life-long fascination with African art. It unites his paintings and sculpture with art that fuelled his own creative exploration. See works that Picasso collected, lived with, and kept with him through numerous studio moves.

New Book: Something Magical

The Kwagh-Hir of the Tiv

February 24, 2018 By: Ethan Rider

At the end of the colonial period, the Tiv of Nigeria invented the Kwagh-Hir masquerade to reaffirm their traditions. The Jerome Bunch Collection, assembled over many years and exceeding 1,000 pieces, is one of the largest collections of Kwagh-Hir material in the world. Get a preview of the new book featuring Jerome's collection.

Collector Spotlight

Javier Peres, Berlin

February 13, 2018 By: Adenike Cosgrove

"The mistakes that I made were collecting purely impulsively and not really studying and comparing and doing the legwork. Because early on, not doing the preliminary steps can be very detrimental. Late in the game, now, I can make a really quick decision on something and the likelihood of me screwing up is a lot less."