Monday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  April 5, 2010 at 11:15 AM EDT

The African Renaissance Monument to mark Senegal's 50 years of independence is pictured during its inauguration ceremony on April 3, 2010 in Dakar. Photo by Seyllou/ AFP/ Getty Images

The African Renaissance Monument to mark Senegal’s 50 years of independence is pictured during its inauguration ceremony on April 3, 2010 in Dakar. Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, who cut a ribbon in the colours of the Senegalese flag, said the statue was ‘a monument for black people all over the world.’ Senegal’s President Abdoulaye Wade called for the creation of a United States of Africa, unveiling the statue which he said marked the moment for the continent to ‘take-off’.

The controversial bronze work — which at 50 meters (164 feet) stands four meters taller than the Statue of Liberty — depicts a couple rising from the mouth of a volcano. To finance the project, the state has been selling off government land to the private sector, a policy that has itself been criticized. Photo by Seyllou/ AFP/ Getty Images

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The Ford Foundation has pledged $100 million over the next 10 years to an initiative that will create more working and living space for artists across the U.S. (For the record, the Ford Foundation is a current funder of the PBS NewsHour.)

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Five Iraqi artists participating in a British exhibit of contemporary art from their country were denied visas into the U.K. because they could not provide valid bank statements.

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'Night', 1962. By David Slivka. Photo courtesy the Hirshhorn MuseumDavid Slivka, an abstract expressionist artist known best for his sculptural work, died at age 95 at his home in New York. Slivka famously cast the face of Dylan Thomas in bronze after the Welsh poet died in 1953.

‘Night’, 1962, by David Slivka
(Photo courtesy the Hirshhorn Museum)