Art World Mourns Moroccan Modernist Mohamed Melehi and More News

THE ART WORLD PAYS TRIBUTES TO THE LATE MODERNIST MOHAMED MELEHI. Tributes have been pouring in for the artist who died on Wednesday after contracting coronavirus. Melehi, renowned for his abstract psychedelic paintings, was a leading figure of the group of Moroccan artists, the Casablanca school, whose radicalism transformed the art scene in Morocco in the 1960s. He was 84. [TAN]

ART X POSTPONES FAIR IN SOLIDARITY WITH ENDSARS PROTEST. In view of ongoing protests against police brutality and out of respect for the lives lost in the past week, Art X Lagos 2020, which was slated to run from November 6 till 15, has been reschedule for a yet-to-be-announced date later in the year. [Artnet News]

ACTIVIST ATTEMPTS TO SEIZE AFRICAN ARTEFACT FROM MUSEUM AGAIN. Less than a week after being fined for trying to take an African artifact from Quai Branly Museum in a symbolic move against the legacy of colonialism in France, activist Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza attempted to remove a sculpture from the Louvre last week. [Forbes]

AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE ILLEGAL MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR GLOBAL TRADE IN NOK TERRACOTTA. Starting with a onetime art dealer, who assisted archeologists in an earlier excavation, now turned art smuggler, the investigation looks into the illegitimate export of artefacts from the earliest known civilisation in West Africa. “It is clear that the line between archeologist and looter is thin, and that the two professions in some ways depend upon each other,” it concludes. [Mail & Guardian]

EXHIBITION SHOWING HISTORIC AFRICAN OBJECTS ALONGSIDE WORKS BY CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ARTISTS IN CLEVELAND. ‘Second Careers: Two Tributaries in African Art’, which explores how African artists working today have drawn on the materials and forms of their cultural heritage, presents works by six artists including El Anatsui and Tahir Carl Karmali. The exhibition runs from 1 November 2020 till 14 March 2021 at The Cleveland Museum of Art.


Featured Image: Untitled by Mohamed Melehi (1936 – 2020) was sold at the last Sotheby’s Modern & Contemporary African Art auction on 9 October 2020. Credit: Sotheby’s.