Re Africa’s Looted Art and More News

“What do you do when you find that artwork in your collection was possibly looted?” Adenike Cosgrove asked in this interview piece on the repatriation of eleven Djenné copper alloy bracelets found in the storage rooms of the Brooklyn Museum. Read curator and art historian Kristen Windmuller-Luna’s detailed timeline of the return of the artefacts to the National Museum of Mali. [IMO DARA]

A Non-Eurocentric Look at the Restitution Debate. What do the researchers, museum directors, artists and curators from the African countries where looted art and cultural artifacts originated think of the issue? Find out in this DW documentary that Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu says is “one of the best documentaries so far on the subject.” [Youtube]

Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art (YSMA) Reopens. The museum at the Pan-Atlantic University, which closed on 20 March due to COVID-19 pandemic, reopened for visits on Tuesday 15th. However, visitation is strictly by booking and only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for now. Read YSMA visitation policy: [YSMA Website]

Sotheby’s Highlights Exhibition Opens Today. Ahead of the full exhibition for its Modern & Contemporary African Art auction slated for October, the highlights exhibition is showing seven lots including El Anatsui’s Cloth of Gold, Irma Stern’s The Yellow Shawl and Ben Enwonwu’s Agbogho Mmuo. [Sotheby’s]

Bonhams African Art Auction Results. 29 of 43 lots sold at the last Bonhams Modern & Contemporary African Art sale which held in New York on 2 September 2020—a respectable number, considering the times we live in. The top lot, Swahili Woman by Irma Stern, did not sell. Of the works by modern artists, the real stars were Ben Enwonwu’s Children of Biafra (1967) that made $93,825 (inc. premium) over an estimate of $20,000 – $30,000 and Skunder Boghossian’s L’Eternel (1963) realised $150,075 over its $40,000 – $60,000 estimate.

Bruce Onobrakpeya’s Zaria Indigo, Uzo Egonu’s Man with a glass of beer and Ablade Glover’s Protest sold at their top estimates. [Bonhams]


Featured image: UZO EGONU (Nigerian, 1931-1996), Man with a glass of beer (1979)