Victor is an internationally-renowned Nigerian-American artist based in Washington, D.C. His paintings, drawings, and sculptures reimagine the ancient Nigerian communication system, Nsibidi, to explore a diverse spectrum of meaning addressing historical narratives, the contemporary African diaspora, and humanity’s connection to the sacred. Much of his work is figurative- his public art is this blogger’s favorite.
Neither is an abstractionist- I chose this juxtaposition partly for that reason (and also because they both exude dream-like qualities).
Like Agnes is an up and coming artist hailing from the continent of Africa (her home is Zimbabwe).
is one of several #africanartists Artsy notes are coming up.
Odili Donald Odita is an abstract painter whose work explores color both in the figurative art historical context and in the sociopolitical sense.
#odilidonaldodita #blackartists #africanartists
Saw El at Biennale and was over the moon to walk into NCMA and find that our state is now home to a great piece of his- his modality is similar to Elias Simes, another great hailing from Africa which NCMA has included in the permanent collection. Georgina is also an African artist, who’s work is included because, like El, it reminds me of another artist (Al Loving). Juxtaposing is fun.
Glad I went to see the O’Keefe show at NCMA because I discovered they’ve also got a huge piece from Elias Sime’s show at James Cohan in 2015 (Tightrope 9)- it’s pretty spectacular if you haven’t seen it yet. The composition is clearly non-representational- abstract if you will- but his use of computer parts (and the social and cultural context for the acquisition of the materials) clearly carries a rich depth of content. Even more interesting to me was the conceptual bent he shared with O’Keefe and they both shared with their subject matter- the materials they make work about and from have a visceral attraction for both that comes through loud and clear. Check out his bio for more of this type of color on this amazing artist.
Some images on Pinterest of other work by Ms Mehretu. I haven’t yet seen any of these in person- but Artsy thinks her show at White Cube in London is a must see if you are doing Frieze Week.