In early January 2020, Amaarae, full name Ama Serwa Genfi, was named as Apple Music’s Africa Rising Artiste. An initiative by the music streaming platform to boost artistes from Africa through their sounds, it would run for two months and was a consolidation of the thumbs up and hi-fives, body-slamming hugs, and air kisses the Ghanaian singer must have garnered from fans and critics alike following the release and relish of her debut album, The Angel You Don’t Know. 

Amaarae – Apple music rising

Now for some, the heady, brilliantly-fusioned 14-track platter of hedonism and sexiness that Amaarae served on the album, was an induction into her immersive and cherubic voice. But she’d been an underground sweetheart for years, finding acceptance in the alté movement of neighbouring country, Nigeria, where she’d first made an appearance on Aylø’s Whoa!

It’s four years after that debut and her status is Read the rest

“The Interrupted Sleep” (1750) by François Boucher

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Grants & Fellowships

Creative Capital Award Applications Now Open
Artists selected for a Creative Capital Award may receive up to $50,000 in funding for new projects, as well as a wide range of counsel, career development, and networking opportunities to make their work come to life. Deadline: March 1, 2021.

Designing a Better Chicago: Design Impact Grants
The Design Impact grant provides annual, project-specific grants to individuals and organizations using design or design principles to directly address pressing issues in Chicago communities. The program will award $25,000 in sum total. Deadline: March 12, 2021.

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The National Institute of Anthropology and History, a division of the Mexico government dedicated to the preservation of cultural artifacts, has filed a legal claim over 33 pre-Columbian objects set to be auctioned at Christie’s on February 9 in Paris.

According to a report published on Tuesday by Spanish outlet El Paísthe organization argues that the works, which originate from Mexico, should be repatriated to the country. The government group filed its claim in Mexico, and it has also called on the nation’s Ministry of Foreign Relations to take action to recover the objects.

“It was determined that the auction catalog includes pieces that correspond to cultures originating in Mexico, which is why they are part of the nation’s heritage,” said the Institute in a statement obtained by El País.

Representatives for Christie’s did not respond to requests for comment.

The pieces scheduled to be sold include sculptures, … Read the rest

All images courtesy of the Minneapolis Institute of Art

Nicole Havekost describes her towering figures as exhibiting the contradiction of “sublime embarrassment… Bodies are magical and glorious and gross and bewildering. Bodies are civilized and feral.” Through hand-sewn sculptures, the Rochester-based artist explores the ways aging affects peoples’ figures and the emotional process of adjusting to a new reality.

She stitches large anthropomorphic works from industrial felt, shaping bodies that are bulging and covered with knots and uneven seams that serve as a reminder of restoration. Havekost explains:

These are the visible representations of the making and mending, repairing and refinishing, we are engaged in as human beings on a daily basis. It shows where we have been and marks where we are going. My figures show their imperfect repairs outwardly, unlike most of us who put on our best public faces. As I have aged, I have

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When art historian, curator, and artist David C. Driskell died last summer from complications related to Covid-19, his loss reverberated throughout the art world. A mentor and supporter of generations of Black artists, curators, and scholars, Driskell organized the landmark exhibition “Two Centuries of Black American Art,” which staked a claim for the importance and influence of art-making by Black people in this country. Black art was not something that had just sprung up during the civil rights movement, he argued. Instead, it was a tradition with roots that extended back to the very founding of this country, with artists like Robert S. Duncanson, Joshua Johnson, and Edmonia Lewis represented alongside more recent talents like Norman Lewis, Charles White, and Alma Thomas.

That it opened in 1976 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as part of programming celebrating the country’s bicentennial, further underscores how daring it all was. … Read the rest

Football is a sport that is fuelled by passion and filled with lots of emotion. It is a sport that cuts across various religious and races. Football is a game that could take you from a point of heightened ecstasy to a moment of tears and pain. Yes that how emotional football can be. Nigerians love football and they could go extra lengths to show their love for their favorite club sides like FC Barcelona, Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, etc. Our popular Nigerian musicians are also big-time fans of some of the above-mentioned club sides.

We’ll be taking a look at some of our popular Nigerian musicians who support, adore and are passionate about FC Barcelona. Let’s briefly talk about the history of FC Barcelona; The team was founded on the 29th of November 1899 by some footballers led by Joan Gamper. The … Read the rest

Richard L. Feigen, an eclectic and influential art dealer whose galleries spanned Chicago, New York, London and Los Angeles—with clients around the world— has died at 90 from complications related to a recent battle with Covid-19, a representative for Feigen’s gallery said.

A collector since childhood, Feigen at various times showed work by a wide range of artists who had not yet gained a following in the U.S. He gave Francis Bacon his first solo show in the United States. He also put on exhibitions of work by Jean Dubuffet, Max Beckmann, Bridget Riley, and Allen Jones.

His greatest impact was as an Old Masters dealer where he often described himself as “a collector in dealer’s clothes.” He had the prescience to acquire artworks that were later greatly valued by the art market—a Turner painting, The Temple of Jupiter Panellenius Restored, from his collection sold at Sotheby’s for … Read the rest

Port-Harcourt born breakout star of 2020, Omah Lay had a chat with show presenter and media presenter, Ebuka Obu-Uchendu where they discussed the star’s rise to the limelight, his coming album, and also his brush with the law enforcement in Uganda, on the Rubbin’ Minds show. 

Speaking on attaining stardom the previous year, Omah Lay admitted to being shocked by the reception of his music. The star said,

“I was scared Get Layd wasn’t good enough, it wasn’t showing enough of me. It was 5 songs on the project and it was supposed to be 7 songs.”

He also spoke on the process before the release of his EP and according to him, his Get Layd EP was meant to have been released as early as February but came out May after he got tired of postponing its release due to the pandemic. Omah Lay also pleaded to not being Read the rest

It is not every day that a 19th-century landscape painter is the subject of national news, but that was the case last week, when a work by Robert S. Duncanson on loan from the Smithsonian American Art Museum was presented to the Biden administration by Congress as an inaugural gift. Duncanson is not a household name—or, at least, not an artist as well-known as some of his contemporaries, including William Louis Sonntag and Worthington Whitteredge. (When the New York Times covered the gift, for example, it did not name Duncanson, only referring to him as a “Black artist.”) But during his day, Duncanson achieved fame, both in the U.S. and Europe, and blazed a trail for future generations of Black artists. To survey Duncanson’s achievements, below is a guide to his life and art.

In 19th-century Ohio, Duncanson’s landscapes brought him unparalleled success.

These days, Duncanson’s idyllic landscapes, filled … Read the rest

Audiomack has announced the winners of the second edition of its Rising Star Challenge, held in collaboration with Afrochella.

The Rising Star challenge which was designed to increase the visibility of artists across Africa provided a platform for up-and-coming artists in the continent to submit their music portfolio, for a chance to be discovered by millions of people on the Audiomack platform alongside a cash prize of $1,000 and a studio session at BBNZ live one of Ghana’s leading entertainment and artist management agency.

During the entry period of December 22nd, 2020 to January 2nd, 2021, over 300 entries were received from across the continent. Following this, 25 finalists were shortlisted from the vast pool of entries and included in a curated Audiomack playlist for the public to discover these emerging talents. These submissions were further subjected to a Read the rest