A sand artist developed a dramatic way to unveil his artwork

They way that artist Tim Bengel creates art is just as amazing as the final results. The German artist uses sand to draw complex designs on a sticky canvas, but you can’t quite tell what he’s made until right at the end. That’s when he dumps off all the extra sand, and his finished pieces appear like magic.  Continue reading A sand artist developed a dramatic way to unveil his artwork

16 Works We Loved at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Silk tapestry by Bill Zangewa (Photo: Nicole Disser)

It’s pretty screwy that here, now, in the year 2016 many people still have a hard time grasping that Africa is an incredibly diverse continent home to vastly different cultures, languages, landscapes, and art traditions. Thankfully, we have things like the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair(held May 6 through 8 at Pioneer Works in Red Hook) at our fingertips to keep us in the know about the incredible (and, ahem, marketable) art work coming out of the 54 countries on the African continent. Continue reading 16 Works We Loved at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

How Art Collectors Can Stay Out Of Tax Trouble In New York

Given that the art market is a multi-billion dollar industry and that so many of the world’s art sales and purchases take place in New York State (at record-breaking prices), it is no wonder that cash-strapped state authorities are broadly searching for instances of tax evasion in the art world. We are seeing a tremendous increase in audits and investigations in this area and two recent settlements show the investigations are resulting in the payment of millions of dollars to the state.  With results this profitable, it is likely that NYS investigations of art transactions will continue. Continue reading How Art Collectors Can Stay Out Of Tax Trouble In New York

A Preview Of This Week’s 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair New York

This Friday marks the beginning of the leading transnational fair for contemporary African art in New York. Held at Pioneer Works, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair marks its second year in the city featuring over 60 artists from 25 countries and 17 galleries from nine countries.

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In addition to the art exhibition, attendees can join in on the panels and artist talks curated by Koyo Kouoh for 1:54 FORUM, where discussions will center around the themes of curating in the digital age, contemporary forms of distribution and the African art market. Continue reading A Preview Of This Week’s 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair New York

100 things that you did not know about Africa

1. The human race is of African origin. The oldest known skeletal remains of anatomically modern humans (or homo sapiens sapiens) were excavated at sites in East Africa. Human remains were discovered at Omo in Ethiopia that were dated at 195,000 years old, the oldest known in the world.

2. Skeletons of pre-humans have been found in Africa that date back between 4 and 5 million years. The oldest known ancestral type of humanity is thought to have been the australopithecus ramidus, who lived at least 4.4 million years ago. Continue reading 100 things that you did not know about Africa

Contemporary African art still in favour

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Nigerian curator Okwui Enwezor has made the West aware that African art is worth exploring. Picture: THE TIMES

THE first Africa Art Market Report, published in December, speaks of growing demand and skyrocketing prices, as local and international buyers discover its attractions.

Prices have more than doubled in the past four years, and South African artists are often the vanguard.

The highest price paid for a contemporary African artist’s work was the $1,445,000 for Ghanaian artist El Anatsui’s Paths to the Okro Farm, in New York in 2014, but Emma Bedford, senior art specialist at South African auctioneers Strauss & Co, points out that William Kentridge’s Procession sold for $1,538,500 in 2013. It is a set of 25 sculptures that some argue is one work. Continue reading Contemporary African art still in favour

FEATHER WALL ART DIY AFRICAN JUJU HAT TUTORIAL

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A few weeks ago, after what seemed like a never-ending decor battle with my console table design layout {I know, so dramatic}, I decided that the wall above it, which is part of it, needed something that was pretty enough to draw attention but not so much as to distract the eye. It seemed like every mirror or work of art I hung or placed there became the focal point of the room, creating too much fuss, and it just wasn’t working for me. It was then that I decided I needed something similar in color to the wall rather than contrasting it… and then as if from the heavens above, it finally hit me. A Juju hat was the obvious answer.

Since around 2006 or so, I’ve been spotting these amazingly gorgeous, colorful and textured circular feather wall art pieces in decor magazines and then of course, on the internet. It wasn’t until recently, though that I learned that they are actually African headdresses, traditionally worn by Village Chiefs in the Cameroon region of central Africa. The feathers are supposed to be symbolic of prosperity, and represent the wealth of positive qualities associated with birds. Also known as a Juju Hat, it is only recently that they have been used as wall art in high-end homes, and cost anywhere from $300-$1300 dollars each. Continue reading FEATHER WALL ART DIY AFRICAN JUJU HAT TUTORIAL

25 DIY Wall Art Ideas

25 DIY Wall Art Ideas

Are you staring at blank walls, wondering how to fill the empty space? It’s too bad affordable quality art is so hard to find…or is it? Why not take matters into your own hands? With the right supplies, who knows what’s possible? Whether you’re on a tight budget or you just can’t find the right wall art for your space, the DIY ideas below are sure to spark your creativity!

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Ife Art History

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  • Art comes from archaeological sites found in western Nigeria.
  • Consists of objects made from terracotta, bronze, and stone.
  • Objects date 1000-500 B.P (1000 and 1500 A.D).
  • Believed to be created for the ruling elite.
  • Idealized naturalism.
  • Full length figures and busts are common.
  • Figures are sometimes heavily beaded.

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African Art, Culture, DIYs & Home Decor

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