Photography // Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Born in 1936 in Bamako, Mali, Malick Sidibé grew up farming. He studied Jewelry making, but then apprenticed in a photography studio of a French colonial. In 1962, he opened his own studio, which was a novelty in his area because it had electricity, a luxury in Bamako at the time. He's well known for his studio portraits in the 1970s as well as the candid portraits he took of young people at parties during the 1960s.
Design // Tuesday, March 31, 2015
A major exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany sheds new light on contemporary African design. Showcasing the work of over 120 artists and designers, Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design illustrates how design accompanies and fuels economic and political changes on the continent. Africa is presented as a hub of experimentation generating new approaches and solutions of worldwide relevance – and as a driving force for a new discussion of the potential of design in the twenty-first century.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 29, 2014
Mpane’s rough-hewn portraits explore the fundamental connection between place and personal identity. Using plywood glued in layers and finished with an adze – an edging tool that dates to the Stone Age – he produces topographies of the human face reminiscent of relief depictions on a map. This layering reveals contour lines over forms that allude both formally and stylistically to African masks, but also reference Cubism – rooted in an interest in Primitivism – by incorporating bright colors and bold patterns.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 03, 2013
This morning we are enjoying the work of Kura Shomali and Steve Bandoma, two fantastic artists from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Shomali describes his work as a way of 'digesting' the megalopolis of Kinshasha and in his most recent works the artist appropriates well-known images by African photographers. Bandoma also appropriates imagery but from contemporary advertising and magazines, recycling found objects in order 'to breat new life into them.'
Juxtapoz // Friday, August 23, 2013
Yossi Milo Gallery is pleased to announce Kin, a new exhibition of color photographs by renowned artist (and former Juxtapoz cover artist) Pieter Hugo. The exhibition will open on Friday, September 6, and close on Saturday, October 19 with an opening reception for the artist on Friday, September 6 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. This is the artist’s fourth solo exhibition at the gallery.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 09, 2013
Juxtapoz will be headed to NYC this week for all the festivities around Frieze and the surrounding art fairs. But one thing we will definitely be checking out is Jane Alexander, cover artist of our Contemporary African Art survey in November 2008, and her installation work with Museum for African Art that is residing at The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine on Amsterdam Avenue.
Street Art // Monday, April 01, 2013
Participating in a month long residence hosted by /A Word Of Art, AEC of Interesni Kazki has utilized his time in South Africa by painting some large walls and canvases. Here we have two vibrantly colored, visually striking walls. One painted in Johannesburg and the other in Cape Town. Also included in this photo set is a new painting by the artist. Diamonds appear to be a reoccurring theme in all three of these pieces.
Street Art // Monday, March 11, 2013
Like something out of the movie Water World, a new project in Lagos, Nigeria aims to create floating buildings to be used as classrooms for children. The Makoko Floating School is currently under construction with the first generation of floating structures being designated solely as an educational center and the hope to create a variety of facilities to accomidate poor communities.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Constantly jet setting all over the world to paint murals, Aryz is now in Saint-Denis, Réunion, a small island off the mainland of Madagascar. He has been keeping himself busy painting this massive pipe smoking monkey for the Big Up 974 Festival.
Juxtapoz // Friday, October 07, 2011
Belgian-based artist ROA continues his busy, world traveling year with a project in Gambia with Wide Open Walls 2011. The mural and street artist completed what appears to be many walls, and a video documents ROA's work for WOW that you can watch after the jump...