Sunday, 21 January 2018

Here Comes Nigeria’s ‘First’ Textile Museum

...Nike Decries ‘Difficult Process’ Of Getting Tourist Visa To Nigeria
Nike Art Centre, Lekki, Lagos.
Despite volumes that have been written and voices loud enough on the importance of the creative sector’s ability to drive tourism economy, government still appears lethargic. But all is not lost, as Abuja’s tourism landscape is expected to receive a boost this year with a Textile Museum at the proposed Arts Village.
  It is, perhaps, the first of its kind in Nigeria where genre-specific museums are uncommon. The proposed facility is the initiative o

70 Brush Strokes For Master Painter, Art Administrator

Kolade Oshinowo
WHEN various organisations and institutions, including Lagos State Government, roll out the drums for master painter, Kolade Oshinowo at 70, a symbol of excellence in studio and academic practices would be celebrated. Oshinowo is one of the highly revered professionals in Nigerian art circle, home and abroad. His art and period of practice represent the bridge that links Nigerian modernists with contemporary artists.
  As art teacher and administrator at Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH), Lagos, Oshinowo was well known for raising the standard in managing the institution’s School of Art, Design and Printing (SADP). Also, his prolific

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Zarnellia… Breeding Fresh Collectors At Arogundade's New Space

A 2017 painting titled 'Entangled' by Olufemi Arogundade

In the increasingly competitive Lagos art space, most young artists are always stranded at the crossroads of art appreciation. But Olufemi Arogundade, who came into the world of art from architecture background, would not accept the traditional rules of the established galleries in Lagos. After several frustrating attempts at pushing his art onto the city's mainstream market space, Arogundade chose to take the battle of

Tragic Story of Slave Man, Benga, On Canvas At Tokunbo

Depiction of Ota Benga in painting by Lamiwa Abayomi

Remember the 19th century Congolese slave, Ota Benga, who was shown at an exposition and a zoo in U.S? His tragic memory is being revisited in Lagos at a group art exhibition titled Tokunbo, currently showing at National Museum, Onikan, Lagos, a few days ago.   
  The group exhibition of paintings, mixed media and photography by young artists, Lamiwa Abayomi, Kamal Adisa and Simisola  Babalola include a piece that captures the derogatory and inhuman treatment meted on Benga in U.S. Almost lost in the other dominating texturised and larger size artworks on display, the small

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Dear Nigeria artists show support for 'LIFE' at Makoko

‘Social club’ by Fidelis Odogwu

Having brought riverine community of Makoko, Yaba, Lagos, into wider public attention through thematic paintings over the decades, artists, in the New Year, would be contributing to the humanitarian needs of the same people. Late last year, six artists showed paintings and sculptures titled Dear Nigeria, Dear Friends, at Omenka Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos, as part of a non-governmental development efforts to assist Makoko.
  In the Lagos art parlance, the Makoko theme is still the most focused, such that a section of Nigerian art critics has termed it 'repetitive' in apparent derogation of some artists' artistic expression. But LIFE, an acronym for Literacy, Integration

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Fresh Wave Of Art Attack Marked 2017

A body of work by Tobenna Okwuosa titled "From Historical Facts to Poetic Truths’ at Modern and Contemporary African Art Pavilion of ACDF, Lagos.
NINE years ago, Nigeria’s art landscape had what was widely accepted as unprecedented    emergence of new ideas that would later shape events till date. In fact, it was Nigeria's year of 'Renaissance', so some observers argued. Again, the country's art environment in the last year was flooded by art events of fresh waves that may change the face of visual culture in the years ahead.   
  The year took off with mixed feelings of hope and caution over news that Nigeria was again making an attempt at Venice Art Biennale. And when Nigeria’s debut at the 57th Venice Art Biennale was confirmed, it reflected

Art, Architecture Merge Design At 'Collecting Intersection'

Panelists: Sandra Obiago; Henry Bassey; Dr. Charlotte Langhorst; Prof. Ebun Clark; Femi Akinsanya and moderator, Papa Omotayo

AT the peak of Lagos art season last month, the atmosphere was spiced with the most crucial, and perhaps, the essence of making art - collecting. It was a gathering, which had as theme ‘The Art of Collecting: The Intersection Between Design, Architecture and Art.’ 
  Organised by Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos, in partnership with African Culture and Design Festival (ACDF), the event provided a window through which art appreciation in Nigeria could be analysed. It indeed