Arthouse auctions works by Lamidi Fakeye, Lasekan, Enwonwu and other African Modernists, and More News

Friday, 15 November 2019


ARTHOUSE AUCTIONS WORKS BY AFRICAN MODERNISTS. Interested in art by early 20th century artists? Some twenty works by pioneer artists including Amon Kotei (1915 -2011), Akinola Lasekan (1916-1974), Ben Enwonwu (1917-1994), Lamidi Fakeye (1928-2009) and Uzo Egonu (1931-1996) will go on sale at Arthouse Modern and Contemporary Art Auction on Monday, 25 November 2019 at 6pm. The two top lots are Abstract Figures (1958) and Yoruba Man (1954) by Enwonwu, both with the upper estimate of ₦18,000,000. The rest of the 92 lots are works by contemporary artists including Yinka Shonibare, Peju Alatise, Victor Ekpuk, Ben Osaghae and Victor Ehikhamenor. [View Catalogue]

OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS TO SUPPORT RESTITUTION OF AFRICAN ART WITH $15 MILLION. The New York-based Foundation has announced a $15 million grant to aid efforts to restore cultural objects looted from the African continent. The grant will be available, over four years, to networks and organizations working to return Africa’s heritage to its rightful home, including grassroots organizations, litigators, and expert convening with African scholars. [Press Release]

AKAA FAIR GAINING MOMENTUM SLOWLY BUT SURELY? Also Known As Africa fair, the Parisian fair dedicated to contemporary African art held in Paris last weekend. Though well attended, some participants remarked on the absence of big galleries and the need to attract more serious collectors. In what seems like a questionable strategy on a flawed premise, the founder told TAN, “The idea is to open up the fair to other contemporary art scenes in the Middle East and Latin America that are in one way or another connected to the African continent because I don’t think that having a strictly African art fair is sustainable.” [The Art Newspaper]

NUBUKE FOUNDATION REOPENS WITH PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION BY JAMES BARNOR. Following two years of reconstruction, Nubuke announced it will launch its revamped bespoke arts space on 23 November 2019 with a retrospective exhibition of James Barnor, a pioneer of Ghanaian photography. Situated in East Legon, Accra, the space now comprises of galleries, shops, meeting areas, a residency and studio space, library and a mix of recreational areas. [C&]

JOANA CHOUMALI WINS 2019 PRIX PICTET PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE. The Ivorian photographer was awarded the £78,000 prize for her series, Ça va aller (It will be OK), comprising photographs taken after the March 2016 terrorist attacks at the Grand Bassam beach, Ivory Coast. Choumali is the first African artist to win the Prix Pictet, one of the most important photography awards in the world. [The Guardian]


Nike Davies-Okundaye, Liberal Women Protest March I & II (1995).
Nike Davies-Okundaye, Liberal Women Protest March I & II (1995). Gift of Ambassador Robin Renee Sanders in honor of the artist Chief Nike Davies-Okundaye/Courtesy of MS.Magazine

STILL ON VIEW: “I AM…CONTEMPORARY WOMEN ARTISTS OF AFRICA.” Review of the ongoing exhibition featuring 27 women artists from 10 African countries including Chief Nike Davies-Okundaye, Zanele Muholi, Magdalene Odundo and Wangechi Muti at the National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC. Exhibition is on display until July 5, 2020. [MS.]

JESSICA ATIENO, ONYIS MARTIN, YAYE KASSAMALI EXHIBIT AT CIRCLE ART GALLERY, NAIROBI. A group exhibition by 16 artists, including Lemek Tompoika and Anthony Muisyo, showing how these artists use drawing to record the days of their lives and the ways in which artists reduce the world to their own image, is on view at the Kenyan gallery from 13 November till 7 December 2019. View the exhibition portfolio and prices. [Circle Art Gallery]



Njideka Akunyili Crosby named in the first-ever ‘TIME 100 Next’ list. TIME magazine’s TIME 100 is considered the definite list of the people who have had the most impact in various sectors in a given year. Now the magazine has expanded that brand with the TIME 100 Next, which identifies honorees as rising stars.

In its first dedicated sale of Contemporary African Art, Artnet auctions works by Ablade Glover, Victor Ehikhamenor, Abdoulaye Konaté, Aboudia, Chéri Samba. Artnet Auction is live now through 21 November 2019.

The Second Lagos Biennial Takes Over a Former Government Building to Imagine What Would Happen If Artists Were in Charge of Our Future. The show, organized by a three-person team, presents work by Nigerian and international artists inside a decaying former government office.

Ghana-born painter Amoako Boafo is the first artist-in-residence at the new Rubell Museum. Boafo, known for his vibrant portraits, has said of his work, “The primary idea of my practice is representation, documenting, celebrating and showing new ways to approach blackness.”

Art and activism in the African liberation struggle. Activist art in the 2018-19 Sudan uprising conveyed to the world that the struggle isn’t just about reduction of a subsidy, or “bread protest,” but a battle for freedom, justice and equality.


Featured Image: Lamidi Fakeye (1928-2009), Untitled (1976). Courtesy of Arthouse

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