Christopher Torchia, Associated Press Updated 9:43 am CDT, Thursday, September 6, 2018 JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Ahead of its first anniversary, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa says it is committed to transparency after the director's resignation and questions about governance. The museum, which seeks to elevate international awareness about African artists, will participate in "many public conversations" and publish an annual report in November, said Brooke Minto, one of its leaders. She previously worked at art museums in New York City, New Orleans and Miami. While the museum has work to do, Minto said in Johannesburg, it is "outpacing expectations" and drew 350,000 visitors in its first year. About 100,000 visited for free in a program to involve local communities, a sensitive issue on a continent where deep poverty can make art seem like a hobby of the elite. The museum billed itself as a major showcase for art from Africa and its diaspora, an … [Read more...] about After setback, African art museum promises to be more open
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By Kathleen Dixon Published 9:24 am, Thursday, April 12, 2018 Photo: Keith Sutter Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 The Smuin Company performs in Helen Pickett’s “Oasis,” part of Smuin’s Dance Series 02 touring the Bay Area Friday, April 20, through June 2. The Smuin Company performs in Helen Pickett’s “Oasis,” part of Smuin’s Dance Series 02 touring the Bay Area Friday, April 20, through June 2. Photo: Keith Sutter Bay Area arts and entertainment highlighits, week of April 15 1 / 1 Back to Gallery ‘Alice in Wonderland’ This 50-minute performance of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” is aimed at young children. The Mark Foehringer Dance Project | SF uses puppets, music and dance to tell the story of a girl who … [Read more...] about Bay Area arts and entertainment highlighits, week of April 15
This weekend, a stunning new museum opens in Cape Town, South Africa. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art -- also known as the Zeitz MOCAA -- is Africa's first modern art museum. While the breathtaking structure with its 80 galleries is considered groundbreaking by some, others find it elitist. From its glittering opening in Cape Town to its jaw-dropping atrium and special blessing by Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, there is nothing ordinary about the Zeitz MOCAA, reports CBS News' Debora Patta. British architect Thomas Heatherwick has transformed the city's nearly 100-year-old grain silo complex into an awe-inspiring concrete-cave-like architectural wonder. "If you knock it down and just build a spaceship that feels like it's landed from somewhere else in the world, there was a risk that people would come, look at the outside, take a photograph of themselves, buy a postcard and go home and say they saw the museum. So we got interested in how you could make the inside … [Read more...] about Africa’s first modern art museum opens to both fanfare and criticism in Cape Town
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Christopher Shea Globe Correspondent July 28, 2013 When you think of the cities that helped define cutting-edge art in the 20th century, you think of Paris, New York, maybe Berlin. In the standard histories, Boston plays a decidedly background role, with the city’s Brahmins serving as doughty cultural sentries, ensuring that the wild works by artists like Picasso, Braque, or Mondrian didn’t soil their elegant private and public collections. “Boston is very dead so far as contemporary art is concerned,” complained a young Wellesley art history instructor, Alfred Barr Jr., writing to a friend and gallery owner in New York in 1926, well after modernism had caught fire elsewhere.New York’s dominance in producing art can’t be denied—there was no Boston Jackson Pollock, and there were significant delays before modern art hit … [Read more...] about The young Wellesley professor who invented contemporary art
At Bonhams in London last week, an important rediscovered portrait of an African princess by the Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu (1921-1994) grabbed the headlines, selling for a record £1.2 million. The 1974 painting, which has an almost mythical status in Nigeria where it is thought of as the African Mona Lisa, had not been seen for decades. Like Picasso in the Impressionist sales, Enwonwu dominates the African sales. At Bonhams, 21 works by him sold for £1.6 million, or 82 per cent of the total. But while prices for Enwonwu are rising, the same is not true for other contemporary African artists. A group of six paintings sold by leading African art collector Jean Pigozzi at Sotheby’s in 1999 met with mixed results at the Bonhams sale. Two showed a modest increase, but the others either made a loss or, like Francois Thango’s composition, were unsold. Overall the sale, Bonham’s fifth devoted to Modern and Contemporary African art, made … [Read more...] about Contemporary African art: boom or no boom?