African Art

  • April 29, 2016   BY and  

    By now, countless think pieces and listicles have broken down Beyoncé’s ode to black womanhood in her latest visual album “Lemonade.” But the acclaimed offering by the R&B diva does more than just pay homage to African-American women or southern culture, it offers fans a musical and visual journey through the African diaspora. Continue reading

  • April 20, 2015  

    Art curator Simon Njami loved the works of Dante, but he realized that the renaissance text about hell, purgatory and paradise didn’t speak to the experience all readers, including himself. He set out to re-imagine the Divine Comedy, to update it and make it more universal, with an exhibit of works by artists from across the African continent. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

  • July 12, 2012   BY  

    From a gigantic rainbow serpent fashioned out of recycled jerry cans to a painting of girls dancing against a Milky Way backdrop, the Smithsonian’s “African Cosmos: Stellar Arts” exhibit examines how African artists through time have looked to the sky, the sun, the moon and the stars for inspiration. Continue reading

  • May 9, 2012   BY  

    From “Revisions,” an exhibition of Lalla Essaydi’s work at the National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. “My photographs grew out of the need I felt to document actual spaces, especially those of my childhood,” Lalla Essaydi says. Continue reading