Contemporary African Art

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Contemporary African art is an expression commonly used to define the sum of styles and national productions of the African continent, the production of African artists, the production of Africa analyzed as a whole, the artistic, cultural and institutional dynamics of the African continent, the contemporary art so-called African or a contemporary artistic production linked to Africa.

The very concept of contemporary African art has very different meanings according to its use. Magazines, exhibitions, publications and institutions, together with the artists themselves, have enriched through time the definition of this expression.

Definitions of contemporary African art





  • Contemporary African Art. Transcription Centre, London, 1967.


  • Contemporary African Art, Studio International, London & New York, 1969. Camden Arts Centre, London, 1969.
  • Contemporary African Art. Otis Institute, Los Angeles, 1969.


  • African Art Today: Four Major Artists. African-American Institute, New York, 1974.
  • Contemporary African Art, Museum of African Art, Washington D.C., 1974.
  • Contemporary African Arts, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, 1974. Curated by Maude Wahlman, National Museum of African Art, Chicago (20/04–03/11/1974).


  • African Contemporary Art, The Gallery, Washington D.C, 1977. Curated by Kojo Fosu, The Gallery of Art, Howard University, Washington D.C. (30/04–31/07/1977).


  • Christliches Africa: Kunst und Kunsthandwerk in Schwarzafrika. Curated by Josef Thiel, Haus Völker und Kulturen, St. Augustine, 1978.


  • Moderne Kunst aus Afrika im Rahmen des West-Berliner Festivals Horizonte Festival der Weltkulturen (Nr. 1, 1979). Eine Ausstellung der Berliner Festspiele mit Unterstützung der Staatliche Kunsthalle, Berlin, 1979 (title on the cover Kunst aus Africa). Curated by Sabine Hollburg & Gereon Sievernich, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Berlin (24/06–12/08/1979); same exhibition with the title Moderne Kunst in Afrika, Terra, Zutphen, 1980. Curated by Harrie M. Leyten & Paul Faber, Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam (1980); with the title Art from Africa at Commonwealth Institute, London (1981). The exhibition was also presented in Frankfurt/Main (Paulskirche) during the Frankfurt Bookfair and in Stockholm.


  • L'art en Afrique est la vie: Paul Ahyi & El loko aus Togo, Galerie Altana, Hamburg, 1984 (03–18/11/1984).
  • Sanaa: Contemporary Art from East Africa. Curated by Fatmah Abdellah, Mordecai Buluma, Elimo Njau, Commonwealth Institute, London (1984).


  • Tributaries: A View of Contemporary Southern African Art, BMW Communications Department, 1985. Curated by Richard Burdett, Africana Museum, Johannesburg; Germany.




  • Art pour l'Afrique: Exposition internationale d'art contemporain. Musée National des Arts Africains et Océaniens, Paris (08/06–25/07/1988).
  • Kunst uit een andere wereld (Art from another world), Snoeck-Ducaju & Zoon, Rotterdam, 1988. Curated by Paul Faber, Museo di Etnologia, Rotterdam (04/11/1988–13/02/1989).
  • Art contemporain arabe: collection du Musée du l'Institut du Monde Arabe, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, 1988. Curated by Brahim Alaoui, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris (1988).


  • Bild/konst i södra Afrika (Art/Images in Southern Africa), edited by Christina Bjork, Kerstin Danielson & Bengt Serenander, Riksutställninger, Kulturhuset, Stoccolma, 1989. Curated by Kerstin Danielsson, Kulturhuset & Kulturhuset, Stoccolma (19/05–24/09/1989); itinerant in Sweden and in Scandinavian countries until May 1990.
  • Magiciens de la terre, Editions du Centre Pompidou, Paris, 1989. Curated by Jean-Hubert Martin, in collaboration with Jacques Soulillou, André Magnin, Aline Luque, Centre Pompidou, Paris (18/5–14 August 1989).
  • Croisement de Signes, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, 1989. Curated by Mohamed Métalsi (24/04–15/08/1989).
  • The Other Story: Afro-Asian Artists in Post-War Britain, Hayward Gallery, London, 1989. Curated by Rasheed Araeen, Hayward Gallery, South Bank Centre, London (1989).
  • Contemporary Art from the Islamic World, edited by Wijdan Ali in collaboration with Suhail Bisharat, Scorpion Publishing on behalf of the Royal Society of Fine Arts, Amman, London, 1989. Curated by Wijdan Ali, Barbican Concourse Gallery, London.


Man's Cloth by El Anatsui (1998 – 2001), on display at the British Museum.
  • Lotte or the Transformation of the Art Object, de (Grazer Kunstverein) & Accademia d'Arte, Vienna, 1990. Curated by Clémentine Deliss.
  • Art from the Frontline: Contemporary Art from South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Tanzanian, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Frontline States, London: Karia Press, 1990. Curated by Peter Sinclair & Emma Wallace, Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum (esposizione itinerante in Gran Bretagna).
  • Contemporary African Artists: Changing Traditions, El Anatsui, Youssouf Bath, Ablade Glover, Tapfuma Gutsa, Rosemary Karuga, Souleymane Keita, Nicholas Mukomberanwa, Henry Munyaradzi, Bruce Onobrakpeya, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, 1990. Curated by Grace Stanislaus, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.
  • Wegzeichen: Kunst aus Ostafrika 1974–89 [Signs: Art From East Africa 1974–1989], Museum für Völkerkunde, Frankfurt-an-Main, 1990. Curated by Johanna Agthe.


  • Africa Explores: 20th Century African Art, Center for African Art, New York & Prestel-Verlag, Munich, 1991. Curated by Susan Vogel in collaboration with Ima Ebong, The Centre for African Arts, New York (1991); University Art Museum di Berkeley; Dallas Museum of Art; Saint Louis Art Museum; Mint Museum of Art di Charlotte; The Carnegie Museum of Art di Pittsburgh; The Corcoran Gallery of Art di Washington D.C.; The Center for Fine Arts di Miami; Lüdwig; Forum für Internationale Kunst di Aachen, Germany (1993); Fundació Antoni Tàpies di Barcellona (1993); Espace Lyonnais d'Art Contemporain di Lyon (1994); Tate Gallery, Liverpool (1994).
  • Africa Hoy/Africa Now: Jean Pigozzi Collection. Curated by André Magnin, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (17/09–17/11/1991); Groningen Museum, Groningen, Olanda (07/12–09/02/1992), Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City (20/02–07/06/1992); Out of Africa, Saatchi Gallery, London, 1993.
  • Art and Ambiguity: Prospectives on the Brenthurst Collection of Southern African Art, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, 1991.
  • Mit Pinsel und Meissel, Zeitgenössische afrikanische Kunst [Signs of the Time: New Art from Africa], Museum für Volkerkunde, Frankfurt am Main, 1991. Curated by Joanna Agthe & Christina Mundt, Museum für Völkerkunde, Frankfurt am Main (26/04/1991–19/04/1992).
  • A Grain of Wheat. Curated by Leroi Coubagy, Commonwealth Institute, London (1991). In sostegno ai programmi dell'UNICEF.
  • Il Sud del Mondo: L'altra arte contemporanea, Mazzotta, Milano, 1991. Curated by Pierre Gaudibert & Wijdan Ali (in collaboration with Umberto Melotti), Galleria civica d'arte contemporanea "Francesco Pizzo", Marsala (14/02–14/04/1991).
  • Contemporary Bushmen art of Southern Africa, Kuru Cultural Project, Botswana, 1991. Curated by Kuru Cultural Project of D'Kar, Botswana in collaboration with Namibian Arts Association.
  • Desplazamientos, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.
  • Transmission, Rooseum, Malmö, Svezia.


  • The Jean Pigozzi Contemporary African Art Collection at the Saachi Collection, The Saatchi Gallery, London, 1992.
  • Home and the World: Architectural Sculpture by Two Contemporary African Artists, The Museum for African Art, Collana Focus on African Art, New York, 1992.
  • La naissance de la peinture contemporaine en Afrique centrale, 1930–70, Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrele, Tervuren, 1992. Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrele, Tervuren, Bruxelles (1992).
  • Paris Connections: African and Caribbean Artists in Paris, Asake Bomani & Belvie Rooks (eds), San Francisco: Q.E.D. Press, 1992, 56 pp.


  • Fusion: West African Artists at the Venice Biennale, Museum for African Art, New York, 1993. Curated by Thomas McEvilly & Susan Vogel, all'interno della Biennale di Venezia, 1993.
  • La grande vérité, les astres africains, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, Nantes, 1993. Curated by Henry-Claude Cousseau, André Magnin, Jonas Storsve (25/06–25/09/1993).
  • Creative Impulses/Modern Expressions-Four African Artists: Skunder Boghossin, Rashid Diab, Mohammed Omer Khalil, Amir Nour, African Studies and Research Center, Institute for African Development, Council for the Creative and Performing Arts, Cornell University, Ithaca, 1993. Curated by Salah Hassan.


  • Seen/Unseen. Curated by Olu Oguibe, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool (18/06–23/07/1994)
  • F.R.A.C. Réunion, Lieux De Mémoire, Curated by Antonio Picariello, artisti: Jack Beng-Thi, Michael Elma, Alain Padeau, Eric Pongérard, Edouard Rajaona, Alì M'roivili dit Napalo, Malla Chummun Raymyead.
  • Otro Païs: Escalas Africanas (Another Century: African Stepovers), Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Les Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1994. Curated by Simon Njami e Joëlle Busca (coordinamento generale di Orlando Britto Jinorio), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (15/11/1994–15/01/1995); Palma de Mallorca Fundacion "La Caixa" (15/02–16/04/1995).
  • Rencontres Africaines: Exposition d'Art Actuel, Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris, 1994. Curated by Brahim Alaoui & Jean-Hubert Martin, Paris, Institut du Monde Arabe (06/04–15/08/1994).
  • Around Around.[1] Curated by Peter Herrmann & Achim Kubinski, Galerie Peter Herrmann, Stuttgart (1994); Douala (1995); Berlin (1999); Stuttgart (1999).


  • Black Looks, White Masks, Ministerio de Asuntos Exterioires, Tabapress, Madrid, 1995. Curated by Octavio Zaya & Tumelo Mosaka.
  • Seven Stories About Modern Art in Africa, Flammarion, New York, 1995. Curated by Clémentine Deliss & Salah Hassan, David Koloane, Catherine Lampert, Chika Okeke-Agulu, El Hadji Sy, Wanjiku Nyachae, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (27/09–26/11/1995), in the frame of Africa95; Malmö, Svezia (27/01-17/03/1996).
  • Vital: Three Contemporary African Artists (Cyprien Tokoudegba, Touhami Ennadre & Farid Belkahia). Tate Gallery Liverpool, Liverpool, 1995 (13/09–10/12/1995), all'interno di Africa95.
  • Big City: Artists from Africa, Serpentine Gallery, London, 1995. Curated by Jean Pigozzi & Julia Peyton-Jones (20/09–05/12/1995), all'intero di Africa95.
  • An Inside Story: African Art of Our Time, edited by Yukiya Kawaguchi, The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan Association of Art Museums, Tokyo, 1995. Curated by Yukiya Kawaguchi, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo (23/09–19/11/1995); Tokushima Modern Art Museum (20/01–17/03/1996); Himeji City Museum of Art (06/04-06/05/1996); Koriyama City Museum of Art (18/05–23/06/1996); Genichiro Museum of Contemporary Art, Marugame Inokuma (07/07–01/09/1996); The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu (13/09–27/10/1996).
  • Sign Traces Calligraphy: Five contemporary artists from North Africa. Curated by Rose Issa, London-Barbican Centre&Amsterdam-Treoenmuseum Kit, 1995.
  • Persons and Pictures: the Modernist Eye in Africa, Newtown Galleries, Newtown, Johannesburg, 1995. Newtown Galleries, Newtown, Johannesburg (27/09–10/11/1995).
  • New Visions: Recent Works by Six African Artists, edited by Salah Hassan & Okwui Enwezor, Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts, Eatonville, 1995. Curated by Salah Hassan & Okwui Enwezor.


  • Archetyp'Art Italia-Africa, Premio Termoli 1996, curated by Antonio Picariello (presentazione di Omar Calabrese), Electa Na, 1996. Artisti: Mimmo Paladino, Massimo Pulini, Gilberto Zorio, Santolo De Luca, Roberto Nottoli, Roberto Lucca Taroni, Ngwenya Valente Malangatana, Mickael Elma, Alain Padeau, Thierry Fontaine, Alim'Roivili dit Napalo, Sandile Zulu.
  • Colours: Kunst aus Südafrika, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 1996.
  • In/Sight: African Photographers: 1940 to the Present, Solomon Guggenheim, 1996. Curated by Okwui Enwezor, Octavio Zaya, Clare Bell & Danielle Tilkin, Guggenheim Museum (24/05–29/09/1996).
  • Neue Kunst aus Afrika, Edition Braus, Heidelberg, 1996. Curated by Alfons Hug, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 1996.
  • Die Andere Reise: Afrika und die Diaspora (The Other Journey: Africa and Diaspora), Holzhausen, Vienne, 1996.
  • Gendered Visions: The Art of Contemporary Africana Women Artists, edited by Salah Hassan, Africa World Press, 1997. Curated by Salah Hassan (1996).
  • Africana, Sala 1, Roma & Adriano Parise Editore, Verona, 1996. A cura Francesca Capriccioli, Sala 1, Roma (01-02/1996). Artisti partecipanti: El Anatsui, Theo Eshetu, Fathi Hassan, Ali Kichou, Bertina Lopes, Kivuthi Mbuno, Kwesi O. Owusu-Ankomah, Hadjira Preure, Twins Seven Seven, Panga Wa Panga, George Zogo. Testi in catalogo: Mary Angela Schroth, Gianni Baiocchi, Olu Oguibe.


  • Veilleurs de Monde: Gbedji Kpontolè – Une aventure béninoise, Editions CQFD, Paris, 1998. Exhibition and residency project, Centre Culturel Français du Benin (12/08–09/09/1997).
  • Die Anderen Modernen: Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Afrika, Asien und Lateinamerika, Editions Braus & Hauses der Kulturen des Welt, Berlin, 1997. Curated by Alfons Hug, Hauses der Kulturen des Welt, Berlin (08/05–27/07/1997).
  • Cross/ing: Time | Space | Movement. Curated by Olu Oguibe, University of South Florida, Tampa (04/09–18/10/1997); Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica (28/02–24/04/1998); Indianapolis (07/08/1999).
  • Modernities & Memories. Curated by Brahim Alaoui, Pia Alisjahbana, Suhail Bisharat, Clifford Chanin, Salima Hashmi, Salah Hassan, Hasan-Uddin Khan, Beral Madra, Toeti Heraty Noerhadi, A.D. Pirous, Zenobio Institute, in contemporanea con la XLVII Biennale di Venezia, 1997.
  • Suites Africaines. Curated by Revue Noire, Couvent des Cordeliers, Paris (05/03–16/04/1997).
  • Lumière noire: Art contemporain, Château de Tanlay-Yonne, Yonne, Francia, 1997. Curated by Michel Nuridsany, Centre d'Art de Tanlay, Yonne (07/06–05/10/1997).
  • Image and Form: Prints, Drawings and Sculpture from Southern Africa and Nigeria, (edited by) John Picton, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, London, 1997. Curated by Robert Loder, Lisa Muncke, John Picton.
  • Transforming the Crown: African, Asian and Caribbean artistis in Britain, 1966–1996, edited by Franklin Sirmans & Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd, the Caribbean Cultural Center/African Diaspora, New York, 1997.
  • Inklusion: Exklusion. Kunst im Zeitalter von Postkolonialismus und globale Migration, Köln, Germany, 1997.


  • Africa Africa: Vibrant New Art from a Dynamic Continent. Curated by Rajae Benchemsi, Rob Burnet, Yacouba Konaté, Toshio Shimizu, Jean-Hubert Martin, Tobu Museum of Art, Tokyo (11/09–24/11/1998).
  • Body & Soul. Curated by Anke van der Laan, Stadsgalerij Heerlen, Olanda (04/04–14/06/1998).
  • Transatlantico. Curated by Octavio Zaya, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Les Palmas de Gran Canaria (15/04–14/06/1998).
  • Transforming the Crown: African, Asian & Caribbean Artists in Britain 1966–1996. Curated by M. Franklin Sirmans & Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd, New York, 1998.
  • Snap me one! Studiofotografen in Afrika, Münchner Stadtmuseum, 1998. Curated by Tobias Wendl & Heike Behrend, Münchner Stadtmuseum (1998); Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach; Iwalewa Haus, Bayreuth, Germany; National Museum for African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., US (1999).


  • Africa by Africa: A Photographic View. Curated by the Barbican Art Gallery in collaboration with Revue Noire & Autograph, Barbican Centre, London (29/01–28/03/1999).
  • Trafique. Curated by Piet Vanrobaeys, S.M.A.K. extra muros, Gent (04/04–16/05/1999).
  • Contemporary African Art from the Jean Pigozzi Collection, Sotheby's, London, 1999. Asta presso Sotheby's (24 June 1999).
  • South meets West, Berna, 2000. Curated by Bernhard Fibicher, Yacouba Konaté & Yuonre Vera, Accra (10/11–05/12/1999); Berna (06/04–25/06/2000).
  • Transatlantic Dialogue: Contemporary Art In and Out of Africa. Curated by Michael D. Harris, Ackland Art Museum (12/12/1999–26/03/2000); Washington D.C., Smithsonian Institution (21/05–03/09/2000); Chicago, DuSable Museum of African American History (07/10–31/12/2000).
  • Tagewerke: Bilder zur Arbeit in Afrika (All in a day's work: images of work in Africa), Museum für Völkerkunde, Frankfurt am Main, 1999. Curated by Joanna Agathe, Museum für Völkerkunde, Galerie 37, Frankfurt am Main.
  • Amabhuku|Amabhuku: Illustrations d'Afrique/Illustrations from Africa, La Joie par les Livres AJPL, Clamart, Francia, 1999. Curated by Marie Laurentin, Viviana Quiñones & Cécile Lebon, Fiera Internazionale del Libro per l'Infanzia, Bologna (08–11/04/1999).


  • TransAfricana: Artisti contemporanei, Edizione Lai Momo, Bologna, 2000. Curated by Mary Angela Schroth, Bologna (15/01-24/02/2000).
  • Il ritorno dei Maghi: Il Sacro nell'arte africana contemporanea, Edizioni Skira, Milano, 2000. Curated by Sarenco ed Enrico Mascelloni (Orvieto 08/04–30/06/2000).
  • Partage d'Exotisme: Biennale d'Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lione, 2000. Curated by Jean-Hubert Martin.
  • Insertion: Self and Other. Curated by Salah Hassan. Apexart, New York (18/04–20/05/2000).
  • Continental Shift: A Voyage Between Cultures. An Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Modo Verlag Freiburg, 2000. Contemporaneamente in quattro spazi espositivi: Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen; the Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht (exhibition on Africa curated by Marjorie A. Jongbloed); the National Gallery, Heerlen; the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Liége (21/05–21/09/2000).[2]
  • La Cour Africaine: Mobiliers et objets contemporains. Curated by Ibrahim Loutou, L'Afrique en créations, Salle des Malades, Lille (23/10–30/11/2000).
  • Dreierkonferenz: Aboudramane, Owusu-Ankomah, Lawson Oyekan. Curated by Peter Herrmann, Galerie Peter Herrmann, Stuttgart (04/11–24/12/2000).
  • Mostra Africana de Arte Contemporânea. Curated by Solange Oliveira Farkas, Fundação Cultural Palmares& Associação Cultural Videobrasil, São Paulo, Brasile (16/08–17/09/2000).
  • El Tiempo de Africa. Curated by Simon Njami, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno (12/12/2000–04/02/2001); Madrid, 19/04–31/05/2001.
  • EXITCONGOMUSEUM, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, 2000. Curated by Toma Muteba Luntumbue, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgio.
  • Blick-Wechsel: Afrikanische Videokunst, Ifa Gallery, Bonn. Curated by Marcel Odenbach, Ifa Galleries Bonn, Stuttgart, Berlin (2000–01).


  • Authentic/Ex-Centric, Forum For African Arts, Ithaca (NY), 2001. Curated by Salah Hassan and Olu Oguibe, exhibition "a latere" 49ª Biennale di Venezia (09/06–30/09/2001).
  • Africas: The Artist and the City – A Journey and an Exhibition, Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Barcelona, 2001. Curated by Pep Subiros (29/05–11/09/2001).
  • African Styles: Kleidung und Textilien aus Afrika, Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth, Germany. Curated by Kerstin Bauer (21/10/2001–31/03/2002).
  • Unpacking Europe: Towards a Critical Reading, edited by Salah Hassan & Iftikhar Dadi, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen & NAI Publishers, Rotterdam, 2001. Curated by Salah Hassan and Iftikhar Dadi in collaboration with Chris Dercon and Patricia Pulles, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (13/12/2001–24/02/2002).
  • Art populaire. Curated by Hervé Chandès in collaboration with Hélène Kelmachter & André Magnin, Fondation Cartier pour l'art, Paris, (21/06–04/11/2001).
  • The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945–1994, edited by Okwui Enwezor, Prestel, Munich-New York, 2001. Curated by Okwui Enwezor, Villa Stuck, Munich (15/02–22/04/2001); Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (18/05–22/07/2001); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (08/09–30/12/2001); P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center & The Museum of Modern Art, New York (10/02–05/05/2002).


  • Afrikanische Reklamekunst, Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth, Germany. Curated by Otto Frick (24/10/2002–16/02/2003).
  • Die Welt ist ein Maskentanz: Afrikanische Künstler in der Sammlung Greiffenberger, Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth, Germany. Curated by Sigrid Horsch-Albert (09/05–31/08/2002).
  • africa apart _ Afrikanische Künstlerinnen und Künstlern konfrontieren Aids. Curated by Arbeitsgruppe Unterbrochen Karrieren, Thomas Michalak, Torsten, Neuendorff, Beate M. Sauer-Dolezal, Sabine Schlenker, Ingo Taubhorn, Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin, Germany (14/12/2002–09/02/2003).
  • Flash Afrique: Photography from West Africa, Steidl, 2002. Curated by Thomas Miessgang, Gerald Matt, Barbara Schröder, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, 2002.


  • A Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary Africa Abroad, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis – USA, 2003. Curated by Shannon Fitzgerald, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh USA (20/09/03-03/01/04).
  • Looking Both Ways: Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora, Museum for African Art, New York. Curated by Laurie Ann Farrell, Museum for African Art, New York (14/11/2003-01/03/2004); Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA (27/03–18/07/2004); Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI (12/09–28/11/2004); Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisboa (01–03/2005); Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco (03/2006).
  • Transferts. Curated by Toma Muteba Luntumbue, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles (21/06–14/09/2003), all'interno di Africalia 03.
  • Fault Lines: Contemporary African Art Shifting Landscapes, inIVA, London, 2003. Curated by Gilane Tawadros & Sarah Campbell, all'interno della 50ª Biennale di Venezia (15/06–02/11/2003).
  • Iwalewa Reload, Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth, Germany (15/10/2003–22/02/2004).
  • Roots & Routes: Afrikaner in Oberfranken, Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth, Germany (14/11/2003-22/02/2004).
  • Correspondances Afriques, Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth, Germany. Curated by Artur Elmer (24/04/2003-24/08/2003).
  • Fuoriluogo 8 / Afritalia. Curated by Mary Angela Schroth, Chiesa San Bartolomeo & Galleria Limiti inchiusi, Campobasso (29/8–20/9/2003)
  • NEXT FLAG.Reexistencia cultural generalizada: Exposition d'art contemporain africain – Collection Hans Bogatzke (il titolo della pubblicazione è Next Flag: The African Sniper Reader, edited by Fernando Alvim, Heike Munder & Ulf Wuggenig, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, 2005). Curated by Fernando Alvim & Simon Njami, Site de l'Université du Travail Paul Pastur, Charleroi, Belgio (14/03–18/05/2003).


  • Africa Remix. Curated by Simon Njami in collaboration with Els van der Plas, David Elliott, Jean-Hubert Martin, Marie-Laure Bernadac, Roger Malbert, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf (24/07-07/11/2004); Hayward Gallery, London (10/02–17/04/2005); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (25/05-15/08/2005); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (02–05/2006).
  • Africa Screams: The Evil in Cinema, Art and popular Culture. Curated by Thomas Miegang & Tobias Wendl, Kunsthalle Wien, Austria (04/11/04–30/01/05); Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth, Germany (29/04–12/09/2004); Kunstverein Aalen (03/04–12/07/2005); Museum der Weltkulturen in Frankfurt (08/07/2005–15/01/2006).
  • Black Box: Les Afriques. Curated by Laurent Jacob, Espace 251 Nord asbl, 2004; Tri Postal, Lille, Francia (31/03–08/08/2004) durante Lille 2004.
  • Les Afriques: 36 artistes contemporains, Editions Autrement, Paris, 2004. Curated by Olivier Sultan, Musée des Arts derniers/Jean-Marc Patras Galerie/Espace CPP, Paris. In occasione della Foire internationale des Arts derniers.
  • L'Afrique à venir. Curated by Peter Herrmann, Galerie Peter Herrmann, Stuttgart (24/04–20/06/2004).
  • Africani in Africa. Palazzo Pazzi-Ammanti, Firenze (29/12/2004–06/03/2005).
  • Escape and Memory, Curated by Enrico Mascelloni & Virginia Ryan, Camera dei deputati, Roma, giugno 2004.
  • New Identities. Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Südafrika. Kunstmuseum Bochum, Germany (31/07/–07/11/2004).
  • Insights: Selections from the contemporary collection.[3] Curated by Kinsey Katchka & Allyson Purpurra, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC (febbraio-novembre 2004).
  • Der Black Atlantic. Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany (17/09/–15/11/2004).
  • L'arte africana dall'Algeria al Sudafrica. Curated by "Oltre l'Africa"-Centro Studi e Documentazione Africana, in collaboration with la SUI-Sviluppi Umani Immaginati, Toscana (15/09/2004–)


  • Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Afrika und Europa im Dialog. Curated by Dany Keller, Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth, Germany (28/04–04/09/2005).
  • Plakate in Afrika. Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth, Germany (20/10/2005–26/02/2006).
  • Gleichzeitig in Afrika... [Meanwhile in Africa...]. Curated by Christian Hanussek, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Nürnberg (03–17/06/2005); Universität der Künste, Berlin (18–28/01/2006).
  • Mostra Pan-Africana de Arte Contemporânea. Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Brasile (18/03–17/04/2005).
  • Africa Urbis: Perspectives urbaines, edited by Olivier Sultan, Musée des arts derniers, Paris, 2005. Curated by Olivier Sultan, Musée des arts derniers, Paris.
  • TEXTures: word and symbol in contemporary African art. Curated by Elizabeth Harney, Smithsonian Museum of African Art, Washington D.C. (02–09/2005).
  • African American vernacular photography. Curated by Brian Wallis, International Center of Photography, New York (09/12/2005–26/02/2006).
  • Arts of Africa: Jean Pigozzi's Contemporary Collection, Skira, Milano, 2005. Curated by André Magnin, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.
  • Mostra Pan-Africana de Arte Contemporanea, Associação Cultural Videobrasil, 2006. Curated by FundaCAo Cultural Palmares, Museu de Arte Moderna Da Bahia, Mam E Sala Walter Da Silveira, Salvador-Ba (18/03–17/04/2005).


  • Olvida quién soy/Erase me from who I am, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spagna, 2006. Curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose in collaboration with Tracy Murinik, Gabi Ngcobo and Khwezi Gule, CAAM, Isole Canarie (23/02-30/04/2006).
  • Africa Nera: Protagonisti dell'arte africana. Curated by Enrico Mascelloni, Franco Riccardo & Sarenco, Castel dell'Ovo, Napoli (18/05–13/06/2006).
  • Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography, International Center of Photography, New York, 2006. Curated by Okwui Enwezor, International Center of Photography, New York (10/03–28/05/2006), Miami Art Central, Miami, Florida (30/06–27/08/2006).
  • 100% Africa. Curated by André Magnin, The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spagna (October 2006– February 2007).
  • Des Hommes sans Histoire: Histoire et spoliation des biens culturels à travers les œuvres d'artistes contemporains. Curated by Olivier Sultan, Musée des Arts Derniers, Paris (29/06–31/07/2006).
  • Distant Relatives/Relative Distance. Curated by Michael Stevenson, Cape Town, Sudafrica (08/06–12/08/2006).
  • There & Back: Africa, La Casa Encendida, Obra Social Caja Madrid, 2006. Curated by Danielle Tilkin.


  • Africa Today – The dark side of the art. Curated by Luca Faccenda & Marco Parri, La Vetrina di Roma, Rome, Italy, 2007.
  • Check List Luanda Pop. Curated by Fernando Alvim & Simon Njami. 52nd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (06/–07/2007).
  • Why Africa? La Collezione Pigozzi, Fondazione Pinacoteca del Lingotto Giovanni & Marella Agnelli, Mondadori Electa, Milano, 2007. Curated by André Magnin, Pinacoteca del Lingotto, Torino, 06/10/2007–03/02/2008.
  • AfriqueEurope: Reves croises in Ateliers des Tanneurs, Brussels, Belgium. Group exhibition curated by Yacouba Konaté. Artists included: El Anatsui, Nu Barreto, El Berry Bickle and Luis Basto, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Dilomprizulike, Mustapha Dime, El Loko, Tapfuma Gutsa, Annie Haloba, Jak Katarikawe, Jems Robert Koko Bi, Abdoulaye Konaté, Bill Kouelany, Siriki Ky, Ndary Lo, Toyin Loye, Churchill Madikida, Joel Mpah Dooh, Francis Mampuya, Ingrid Mwangi, Robert Hutter, Serigne Niang, Babacar Niang, Samuel Olou, Freddy Tsimba, and Guy Bertrand Wouété.



Genesis by Tapfuma Gutsa (2010)
  • L'Africa nei loro occhi: Cheri Cherin, Pierre Bodo, Amani Bodo,Jean Paul Mika Nsimba (Repubblica democratica del Congo); George Lilanga (Tanzania); Almighty God (Ghana); Bruce Onobrakpeya, Prince Twins Seven Seven, (Nigeria); Kivuthi Mbuno (Kenia); Ester Mahlangu, Churchill Songezile Madikida (Sud Africa). Curated by Antonella Pisilli, Ex Convento dei Carmelitani Scalzi per la settima edizione di Vitarte, Viterbo, (12–15 March 2010)
  • Africa, Assume Art Position! Primo Marella Gallery, Milano, 2010. By Primo Giovanni Marella, curated by Yacouba Konaté with Mounir Fatmi, Cameron Platter, Soly Cissé, Barthélémy Toguo, Abdoulaye Konaté, Joel Andrianomearisoa, Peter Eastman, Nandipha Mntambo, Moridja Kitenge Banza, Stuart Bird, Athi Patra Ruga, Vitshios Mwilambwe Bondo, Primo Marella Gallery, Milano (12/11/2010–30/01/2011).
  • Who Knows Tomorrow: El Anatsui, Zarina Bhimji, Antonio Ole, Yinka Shonibare, Pascale Marthine Tayou. Nationalgalerie, Berlin. Curated by Chika Okeke-Agulu, Britta Schmitz, Udo Kittelmann (2 June – 23 September).
  • Events of the Self: Portraiture and Social Identity: Contemporary African Art from the Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany. Curated by Okwui Enwezor (June 2010 – May 2011).
  • Colui che non-dimentica, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Kyo Art Gallery, Viterbo, 9 October 2010 – 15 November 2010. Curated by Antonella Pisilli.



  • Bestiario, Soly Cissé, Kyo Art Gallery, Viterbo, 14 April – 14 May 2012. Curated by Antonella Pisilli


  • Lena, Gavin Rain, Kyo Art Gallery, Viterbo, 28 June – 7 July 2013. Curated by Antonella Pisilli


  • Ici l'Afrique / Here Africa – L'Afrique contemporaine à travers le regard de ses artistes Georges Adéagbo (Bénin), Omar Ba (Sénégal), Faouzi Bensaïdi* (Maroc), Filipe Branquinho (Mozambique), Frédéric Bruly Bouabré (Côte d'Ivoire), Edson Chagas (Angola), Romuald Hazoumé (Bénin), Pieter Hugo (Afrique du Sud), Adelita Husni-Bey (Libye), Nadia Kaabi-Linke (Tunisie), Gonçalo Mabunda (Mozambique), Mustafa Maluka (Afrique du Sud), Abu Bakarr Mansaray (Sierra Leone), J. D.'Okhai Ojeikere (Nigeria), Joshua Okoromodeke (Nigeria), Richard Onyango (Kenya), Idrissa Ouédraogo* (Burkina Faso), Chéri Samba (Congo), Sarkis & Guem & Perdrix* (France/Bénin), Zineb Sedira (Algérie), Malick Sidibé (Mali), Abderrahmane Sissako* (Mauritanie), Yinka Shonibare MBE (UK/Nigéria), Pascale Marthine Tayou (Cameroun), Barthélémy Toguo (Cameroun), 8 May – 6 July 2014, Château de Penthes Ch. de l'Impératrice, Genève-Pregny, Commissaire générale Adelina von Fürstenberg.
  • Happiness, Lovemore Kambudzi, Kyo Art Gallery, Viterbo, 28 June – 1 July 2014. Curated by Antonella Pisilli
  • Nouchi City, Aboudia, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan, 09/26/14 – 11/15/14
  • The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists

Collections of essays

  • Colloquium: Function and Significance of African Negro Art in the Life of the People and for the People, Paris: Presence Africaine, 1968. Conferenza a cura della Society of African Culture (SAC) in collaboration with UNESCO, 30/03–08/04/1966.
  • Ethnic and Tourists Arts: Cultural Expressions from the Fourth World, edited by Nelson H. H. Graburn, University of California Press, Berkeley, 1976.
  • Modern Konst I Afrika (Modern Art in Africa), edited by Sune Nordgren, Kalejdoskop, Lund (Svezia), 1978.
  • Patrimoine Culturel et Création Contemporaine: en Afrique et dans le Monde Arabe, edited by Mohamed Aziza, Dakar: Les Nouvelles Editions Africaines, 1977.
  • Airport art: das exotische Souvenir, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart, 1987.
  • Kunstreise nach Afrika: Tradition und Moderne, edited by Ronald Ruprecht, Iwalewa-Haus, Universität, Bayreuth, 1988.
  • African Art in Southern Africa: From Tradition to Township, edited by A. Nettleton & D. Hammond-Tooke, Johannesburg: A.D. Donker, 1989.
  • The Myth of Primitivism: Perspectives on Art, edited by Susan Hiller, London & New York: Routledge, 1991.
  • Art, Anthropology and the Modes of Re-Presentation: Museums and Contemporary non-Western Art, edited by Harrie Leyten & B. Damen, KIT Press-Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen, Amsterdam, 1993.
  • Banque centrale des etats de l'Afrique de l'ouest. BCEAO: Collection d'art contemporain, edited by Ousmane Sow Huchard, BCEAO, Dakar, 1993.
  • Creer en Afrique: 2e colloque européen sur les arts d'Afrique noire, Musée National des Arts d'Afrique and d'Océanie, Paris, 23–24/10/1993.
  • Global Visions Towards a New Internationalism in the Visual Arts, edited by Jean Fisher, London: Kala Press, 1994.
  • Cultural diversity in the arts: art, art policies and the facelift of Europe, edited by Ria Lavrijsen, Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, 1993.
  • Art Criticism and Africa, edited by Katy Deepwell, Saffron Books, African Art and Society Series, London, 1997.
  • Images of Enchantment: Visual and performing Arts of the Middle East, edited by Sherifa Zuhur, The American University in Cairo Press, Cairo, 1998.
  • Issues in Contemporary African Art, edited by Nkiru Nzegwu, International Society for the Study of Africa, ISSA Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, 1998.
  • Dialogue of the Present: 18 Contemporary Arab Women Artists, edited by Siumee H. Keelan, Fran Lloyd, London, 1999.
  • Reading the Contemporary. African Art from Theory to the Marketplace, edited by Olu Oguibe & Okwui Enwenzor, Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA) & MIT Press, London, 1999.
  • autopsia & desarquivios, edited by Fernando Alvim & Catherine Goffeau Alvim, Espace Sussuta Boé, Bruxelles, 1999.
  • Colors of Enchantment: Theater, Dance, and the Visual Arts of Middle East, edited by Sherifa Zuhur, The American University in Cairo Press, Cairo-New York, 2001.
  • Anthologie de l'art africain du XX siècle, edited by N'Goné Fall & Jean Loup Pivin, Paris: Éditions Revue Noire, 2001. Raccolta di saggi e schede di artisti.
  • Afriche, Diaspore, Ibridi – Il concettualismo come strategia dell'arte africana contemporanea, edited by Eriberto Eulisse, AIEP Edizioni, Bologna, 2003.
  • African cultural dynamics: Africalia Encounters in Bamako (01–03/11/2002), curated by Joëlle Busca, Africalia, 2003.
  • Repenser la coopération culturelle en Afrique: Rencontre Africalia d'Ostende (27–29/05/2003), Rencontre Africalia de Liège (26–27/06/2003), Rencontre Africalia de Bruxelles (19–20/09/2003), edited by Joëlle Busca, Africalia, 2004.
  • Over Here: International Perspectives on Art and Culture, edited by Gerardo Mosquera & Jean Fisher (con il progetto artistico di Francis Alÿs), New Museum of Contemporary Art-New York & The MIT Press-Cambridge Massachusetts & London, 2004.
  • Next Flag: The African Sniper Reader, edited by Fernando Alvim, Heike Munder & Ulf Wuggenig, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, 2005.


  • Margaret Trowell. African Arts and Crafts: Their Development in the School, London: Longman, 1937.
  • Robert Goldwater. Primitivism in Modern Painting, New York: Random House, 1938 (1966, Harvard Belknap Press, Cambridge, MA, 1986).
  • Rolf Italiaander. Neue Kunst in Afrika: eine Einführung, Bibliograf. Institut, Mannheim, 1957.
  • Evelyn S. Brown. Africa's contemporary art and artists: a review of creative activities in painting, sculpture, ceramics and crafts of over 300 artists working in the modern industrialized societies of some of the countries of sub Saharan Africa, Division of Social Research and Experimentation, Harmon Foundation, New York, 1966.
  • Ulli Beier. Contemporary Art in Africa, London: Pall Mall Press, 1968.
  • Frank Willet. African Art, London: Thames and Hudson, 1971.
  • Marshall Ward Mount. African Art: The Years since 1920, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1973 (New York: Da Capo Press, 1989).
  • Judith D. Miller. Art in East Africa: A Guide to Contemporary Art, F. Muller, London-Africa Book Service (EA).-Nairobi, 1975.
  • Kiure Francis Msangi. The Place of Fine Art in the East African Universities, 18th Annual Meeting
  • Bruce Onobrakpeya: Nigeria's Master Printmaker - Wendy Lawrence. Best of Africa - Toronto 1979. of the African Studies Association, San Francisco, 1975.
  • Eugene Burt. An Annotated Bibliography of the Visual Arts of East Africa, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1980.
  • Ulli Beier. Neue Kunst in Afrika: das Buch zur Austellung, Berlin: Reimer, 1980.
  • Paulin Hountondji. African Philosophy: Myth or Reality, New York, 1982.
  • Jan Vansina. Art History in Africa: An Introduction to Method, London & New York: Longman, 1984.
  • BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA: SYMBOLS OF ANCESTRAL GROVES -(Monograph of Prints and Paintings 1978 -1985) with introduction by Prof. Babatunde Lawal. 256 pp. 182 b/w, 3 drawings, 60 colour illustrations, essays, interviews, notes and comments, biographical and bibliographical notes. 1985.
  • Bennetta Jules-Rosette. The Messages of Tourist Art: An African Semiotic System in Comparative Perspective, Plenum Press, New York, 1984.
  • Kojo Fosu. 20th century art of Africa, Zaria: Gaskiya Corporation, 1986 (Accra: Artists Alliance, 1993).
  • Sally Price. Primitive Art in Civilized Places, The University of Chicago, 1989. I primitivi traditi: L'arte dei "selvaggi" e la presunzione occidentale, Einaudi, Torino, 1992.
  • Johanna Agthe. Wegzeichen: Kunst aus Ostafrika (Signs: Art from East Africa), 1974–98, Museum für Völkerkunde, Frankfurt-an-Main, 1990.
  • Bruce Onobrakpeya: The Spirit in Ascent. Introduction by Dele Jegede 279 pp. Ovuomaroro Gallery production 1992.
  • Osa D. Egonwa. African Art: A Contemporary Source Book, Benin City: Osasu Publishers, 1991.
  • Jutta Stroeter-Bender. Zeitgenoessische Kunst des "Dritten Welt", Koeln: DuMont Buchverlag GmbH & Co, 1991. L'art contemporain dans les pays du "Tiers-monde", Paris: L'Harmattan, 1995.
  • Pierre Gaudibert. L'art africain contemporain, Paris: Editions Cercle d'Art, 1991.
  • Betty LaDuke. Africa through the Eyes of Women Artists, Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 1991.
  • Bruce Onobrakpeya: Sabbatical Experiments 1978–1983 (exhibition of prints and drawings), with an introduction by Prof. Babatunde Lawal. Ovuomaroro Gallery, Lagos, 1983.
  • Nicole Guez. Art africain contemporain: Guide, Paris: Editions Dialogue Entre Cultures, 1992 (Association Afrique en Création, 1996).
  • Jean Kennedy. New Currents, Ancient Rivers: Contemporary African Artists in a Generation of Change, Smithsonian Institution Press, London-Washington DC, 1992.
  • Thomas McEvilley. Art and Otherness: Crisis in Cultural Identity, Documenttext, New York: McPherson and Co., 1992. L'identité culturelle en crise: Art et différence à l'époque postmoderne et postcoloniale, Nîmes, France: Editions Jacqueline Chambon, 1992.
  • Paul Gilroy, The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness, London: Verso, 1993
  • Robert Atkins. Artspoke, New York: Abbeville Press, 1993.
  • Christopher B. Steiner. Africa in Transit, Cambridge (UK): Cambridge University Press, 1994.
  • Edward Lucie-Smith. Race, Sex and Gender in Contemporary Art: The Rise of Minority Culture, London: Art Books International; New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1994.
  • A Study Exploring Opportunities to Strengthen U.S.-Based Collaborations with Performing Artists of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Prepared with the Support of the Ford Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, 3 June 1994. Project director Ceclila Fitzgibbon; Project consultants Elizabeth Peterson and Robert Wisdom (Archivio Ford Foundation).
  • Catalogue de la collection d'oeuvres d'artistes contemporains d'Afrique et d'Océanie acquises ou conservées par l'ADEIAO, introduction by Lucette Albaret and Paul Balta, ADEIAO, Paris, 1995.
  • Colin Rhodes. Primitivism and Modernism, London: Thames and Hudson, 1995.
  • André Magnin & Jacques Soulillou. Contemporary Art of Africa, New York-London: Thames and Hudson, 1996.
  • Ulrike Bässler-Pietsch. Das Bild unserer Welt; Afrika: von Kairo bis Kapstadt, aktualisierte Ausg., 1996.
  • Betty LaDuke. Africa: Women's Art, Women's Lives, Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 1997.
  • E. Okechukwu Odita. Diversity in Contemporary African Art: Causes And Effects,[4] Columbus Ohio: The Ohio State University, 1997.
  • Wijdan Ali. Modern Islamic Art: Development and Continuity, Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1997.
  • Richard J. Powell. Black art and culture in the 20th century, London: Thames and Hudson, 1997.
  • Karl-Ferdinand Schaedler. Afrikanische Kunst: von der Frühzeit bis heute, München: Heyne, 1997.
  • Christopher D. Roy. Kilengi. Afrikanische Kunst aus der Sammlung Bareiss, Hanover: Kestner-Ges., 1997.
  • Gert. Chesi. Afrika – Asien. Kunst und Ritualobjekte – die Sammlungen im Haus der Völker, Innsbruck: Haymon-Verlag, 1997.
  • Sidney Littlefield Kasfir. Contemporary African Art, London: Thames & Hudson, 1999.
  • Nicolas Bissek. Les peintres de l'estuaire, Paris: Editions Karthala, 1999.
  • Enrico Mascelloni e Sarenco. Dialogo notturno sull'arte contemporanea alla luce del piccolo carro, Verona: Adriano Parise Editore, 1999.
  • Joëlle Busca. L'art contemporain africain: du colonialisme au postcolonialisme,Paris: L'Harmattan, 2000.
  • Gen Doy. Black visual culture: modernity and postmodernity, London: I. B. Tauris, 2000.
  • Joëlle Busca. Perspectives sur l'art contemporain africain, Paris: L'Harmattan, 2000. L'arte contemporanea africana, L'Harmattan Italia, 2002.
  • Teresa Macrì. Postculture, Maltemi, Roma, 2002.
  • Iba Ndiaye Diadji. L'impossible Art Africain, Editions Dekkando, Dakar, 2002.
  • Thomas Fillitz. Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Afrika: 14 Künstler aus Côte d´Ivoire und Bénin, Böhlau Verlag, Wien, 2002.
  • Onobrakpeya by Richard A. Singletary. 78 pp. 143 colour reproductions. The Ford Foundation, The Institute of International Education, 2002.
  • Ivan Bargna. Arte africana, Jaca Book, Milano, 2003.
  • Olu Oguibe. The Culture Game, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis/London, 2003.
  • Bärbel Küster. Matisse und Picasso als Kulturreisende: Primitivismus und Anthropologie um 1900, Akademie Verlag, Berlin, 2003.
  • Michela Manservisi. African Style: Stilisti, mode e design nel continente nero, Cooper & Castelvecchi, Roma, 2003.
  • Jean-Loup Amselle. L'art de la friche: Essai sur l'art africain contemporain, Paris: Editions Flammarion, 2005. In Italian: L'arte africana contemporanea, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino, 2007.
  • Christophe Domino & André Magnin. L'art africain contemporain, Editions Scala, 2005.
  • Hortense Volle. La promotion de l'art africain contemporain et les N.T.I.C, Paris: L'Harmattan, 2005.
  • Sophie Perryer (ed.). Distant Relatives / Relative Distance, Cape Town: Michael Stevenson, 2006.
  • Sidney Littlefield Kasfir & Gus Gordon. Contemporary African Art, Paw Prints, 2008.
  • Regula Tschumi The Buried Treasures of the Ga: Coffin Art in Ghana. Bern: Benteli, 2008.
  • Okwui Enwezor & Chika Okeke-Agulu. Contemporary African art since 1980, Bologna: Damiani Editore, 2009.
  • André Magnin, Africa? Una nuova storia, Rome: Gangemi, 2009.
  • André Magnin & Luca Beatrice, Africa arte contemporanea, Milan: Prearo, 2009.
  • Okwui Enwezor, ed., and Chika Okeke-Agulu, Gabrielle Conrath-Scholl, Willis E. Hartshorn, Virginia Heckert, Kobena Mercer, Artur Walther, Deborah Willis. Events of the Self: Portraiture and Social Identity: Contemporary African Art from the Walther Collection, Göttingen: Steidl, 2010.
  • Uche Okeke: Art In Development - A Nigerian Perspective. Editor Leclair Grier Lambert. 101 pp. 81 b/w illustrations. Asele Institute Nimo/African American Cultural Centre, Minneapolis, 1982.
  • Offerings from the Gods. Text by Dele Jegede 68 pp. 48 b/w illustration. Society of Nigerian Artists, Lagos State Chapter, 1985.
  • Africa On Her schedule Is Written a Change. Barbara Haeger 105 pp. 13 b/w illustrations. African Universities Press, 1981.
  • Bruce Onobrakpeya: Sahelian Masquerades. Monograph of prints and paintings Edited by Safy Quel 132 pp. 17 colour and 155 b/w and line pictures, Ovuomaroro Gallery production, 1982.
  • Bruce Onobrakpeya: 25 Years of Creative Search. Introduction by C.O. Adepegba, 57 pp. 51 b/w pictures, Ovuomaroro Gallery production, 1984.
  • The Zaria Art Society: A New Consciousness. Edited by Paul Chike Dike and Pat Oyelola, with essays by Cornelius O. Adepegba, Oloidi, Don Akatakpo and Jacob Jari. 298 pp. 302 b/w reproductions and 133 colour reproductions. A publication of the National Gallery of Art, 1998.
  • Agbarha-Otor 98 and 99: A Catalogue of First and Second Harmattan Workshop Exhibition. 84 pp. 127 b/w and 33 colour reproductions. Curated by Mike Omoighe, Ovuomaroro Gallery Production, 1999.
  • Amos Tutuola Show: A Folklore Inspired Art In Honour of the Novelist. Edited by Mudiare Onobrakpeya and curated by Mike Omoighe and Toyin Akinosho; 40 pp. 25 b/w and 32 colour reproductions. Ovuomaroro Gallery production, 1999.
  • Bruce Onobrakpeya: Poems and Lithographs, print notes and comments No.9. Introduced by Bruce Onobrakpeya 49 pp. 48 b/w line reproductions; Ovuomaroro Gallery Publications, 1989.
  • Glimpses of Our Stars - An Intimate Encounter with Nigerian Leading Artistes by Oji Onoko, 468 pp. 99 B/W reproductions. All Media International Ltd, 1999.
  • Forty Years of Bruce Onobrakpeya in Contemporary Visual Art: The Portrait of a Visual Artist. Edited by Mudiare Onobrakpeya and Uche Abalogu with an introduction by Simon Ikpakronyi. A collection of 26 essays on Bruce Onobrakpeya. 70 pp. Ovuomaroro Gallery Production.
  • Bruce Onobrakpeya: Portfolio of Art and Literature, Catalogue. Edited by Pat Oyelola. Poems and extracts from various literary works. 56 pp. 30 illustrations in colour and b/w Ovuomaroro Gallery Production, 2003
  • Bruce Onobrakpeya: Jewels of Nomadic Images, 196 pp., with essays by Ekpo Udoma, Olu Amoda and Peju Layiwola, 439 b/w and colour illustrations, Ovuomaroro Studio Press, 2009.
  • The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists (Mara Ambrožič, Zdenka Badovinac, Roberto Casati, Johannes Hoff, Achille Mbembe, Simon Njami, Pep Subirós). ISBN 978-3-86678-931-9 [5]


  • ADA: Architecture Design Art. Johannesburg, from 1989 to 1996. Founded by Jennifer Sorrell.
  • Africa e Mediterraneo: Cultura e società. Director Sandra Federici, Cooperativa Lai-Momo, Sasso Marconi (Bologna), from 1992. Please refer in particular to Dossier: Arte africana contemporanea, edited by Giovanni Parodi di Passano, no. 2-3/99, 12/1999; "Dossier: Sulla storia dell'arte africana contemporanea", edited by Iolanda Pensa, no. 55, 08/2006.
  • Africana bulletin. Varsavia, Polonia.
  • African Arts. Center of African Studies, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA, 1967.
  • Afriche e Orienti. Director Mario Zamponi, AIEP Editore, Bologna, dal 1999.
  • Africultures
  • Afrik'Art.[6] Dakar, from 2005 and associated with the Dakar Biennale.
  • Afro Magazine, Cape Town. Produced by Daddy Buy Me a Pony.
  • Art nègre. Namur, Belgium. Special issue Vivante afrique, no. 246, 1–53, 09-10/1966.
  • Arts d'Afrique Noire, then "Arts Premiers". Arnouville, France.
  • Art South Africa.
  • Artthrob. Rivista online founded by Sue Williamson.
  • Atlantica Revista de Arte y Pensamiento. Publication of the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, from 1990.
  • Black Art. Claremont, USA, from 1976.
  • Black Orpheus: Journal of African and Afro-American Literature.
  • Chimurenga: Who no know go know. Founded by Ntone Edjabe, Kalakuta Trust, Cape Town, South Africa, from 2002.
  • Coartnews.
  • Convergences: Revue trimestrielle d'art et de culture. Director Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Dakar, Senegal, from 1996.
  • Contemporary Art from the Islamic World then Nafas Art Magazine.
  • Critical Interventions: Journal of African art history and visual culture. Founded by Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie.
  • DiARTgonale: Bimestriel panafricain d'opinions, de formation et de réflexion sur l'art contemporain africain. Founded by Achillekà Komguem, Yaoundé, Camerun, from 2007.
  • Drum Magazine
  • Gallery. Delta Gallery Publications, Harare, Zimbabwe, from 1994.
  • Glendora, Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Journal de la Société des Africanistes, Paris.
  • Kunstforum International. Director Dieter Bechtloff. In particular Weltkunst-Globalkultur (no. 118, 1992), Afrika – Iwalewa (n. 122, 1993), Out of Africa (no. 174, 2005).
  • Metronome. Founded by Clémentine Deliss, from 1996. From 2005 the magazine has been produced by Metronome Press.
  • NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art. Founded by Okwui Enwezor, USA, from 1994.
  • New Culture: A Review of Contemporary African Arts. Founded by Demas Nwoko, New Culture Studios Ibadan, Nigeria, from 1978.
  • Objets et Mondes. Musée de l'Homme, Paris.
  • Position: Journal on Contemporary African Arts, Director Dapo Adeniyi, from 2001.
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  • Staffrider.
  • Third Text: Third World Perspectives on Contemporary Art & Culture. Founded by Rasheed Araeen, Kala Press, London, from 1987. In particular Africa Special Issue, no. 23, Summer 1993.
  • Transition Magazine: A Journal of the Arts, Culture & Society.


See also


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  2. "Continental Shift".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Welcome to insights -- National Museum of African Art".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Divine Comedy – Heaven, Purgatory and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists", Kerber.
  7. "REVUE NOIRE - REVUE NOIRE / Arts contemporains d'Afrique et du Monde".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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