Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Enwonwu’s Anyanwu leads auction sales in Lagos

A bronze, Anyanwu, by Ben Enwonwu, dated 1962
Another Nigerian record for Ben Enwonwu, was achieved during the 18th Arthouse auction of modern and contemporary art for 2017, at Kia Showroom, Victoria Island, Lagos, with a total sale of N166,156,000m.
 An iconic bronze titled Anyanwu by Enwonwu dated 1962, according to Arthouse, sold for N54,050,000m. Recall that in 2011, the same artist made a record sale of one of the Anyanwu bronze editions, for over N28m by Arthouse. A depiction of Igbo sun deity, Enwonwu’s public version of the same work is mounted at the facade of the National Museum, Onikan, Lagos.
 Other sales of the 18th auction included: El Anatsui’s Reflekisi, a wood panel from 2017, sold for N16,675,000m; and Enwonwu’s Ogolo, a watercolour on paper, dated 1989 that features a figure wearing an Ogolo mask engaged in vigorous dance movement, sold for N13,800,000m. Also included in the list of top sales are; a mixed media work by Peju Alatise - an artist who is currently representing Nigeria at the Venice Biennale - sold for N5,175,000m; Ben Osawe’s Mask, a wood sculpture dated1987, takes inspiration from ancient artefacts from Benin and Gabon, and sold for N4,600,000m.
  The auction, which was supported by Kia Motors, Veuve Clicquot, and Shiro, with official media partner The Guardian, sold four charity lots in support of Arthouse Foundation, a not-for-profit artist residency programme in Lagos. A total sum of N 740,000 was raised from the charity lots. Four charity lots from Abiola Idowu, Raoul da Silva, Muraina Olayemi and Stella Yowvr Ubigho, were announced for sales ahead of the auction. “The proceeds from the charity lots will go directly to supporting the Arthouse Foundation’s annual artist residencies,” the auction house assured. At the last auction, five charity lots of works by Bunmi Babatunde, Diseye Tantua, Duke Asidere and Nyemike Onwuka were auctioned.
 Founded in 2007, Arthouse Contemporary is an international auction house that specialises in modern and contemporary art from West Africa. With auctions held twice a year in Lagos, Arthouse Contemporary aims to create awareness of the scope of contemporary art in the region, encourage international recognition towards its talented artists, and strengthen the economy of its art market.
Arthouse auctions hold thrice a year in Lagos, with the focus to create awareness of the scope of contemporary art in Africa and encourage international recognition towards its talented artists, as well as strengthen the economy of its art market, the auction house explained it’s basic goals.

-Tajudeen Sowole
First published in The Guardian Nigeria June 28, 2017.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Awusa, Nzekwe In Different Strokes at Terra Kulture

Gab Awusa's Habbitat, 120x150cm
Currently showing till Monday, June 26 at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos, the two-artists exhibition titled Different Strokes bring Gab Awusa and Philips Nzekwe in exposing the beautiful side of their immediate environments.
  In paintings and sculptures, the artists narrate a general richness of tropical West Africa, particularly the Niger Delta.

Artists Statements:
"My works stem from my desire for the promulgation of images from my world

At Mydrim, ‘Generations’ of Future Master Series opens

Moses Damilola's painting titled How not to kill a monument

In his relentless efforts at mentoring young artists, Abiodun Olaku, in collaboration with Ikoyi, Lagos-based Mydrim Gallery, will from today, Saturday show eight artists in a debut titled Future Masters Series-Generation.
The exhibition which continues for another two weeks, according to Olaku is crucial in creating more platforms for younger generation of artists.
Exhibiting artists include

Sunday, 18 June 2017

With Fasuyi At 82… NGA Flags Off National Documentation Of Artists

Timothy Adebanjo Fasuyi
PERHAPS, oeuvre, retrospective and documentary are the appropriate words to describe the wall display of paintings at the exhibition organised to celebrate the 82nd birthday anniversary of one of Nigeria’s second generation modernists, Timothy Adebanjo Fasuyi. But the occasion of his birthday, celebrated at the artist’s Ikeja residence, revealed how the Federal Government’s National Gallery of Art (NGA) planned to embark on publications of select individual artists, using Fasuyi’s as a take off point.
  The good news of flagging off the book project for Nigerian artists is coming nearly 10 years after NGA first announced the concept. Recall that in 2008, NGA, under the leadership of then Director-General, Joe Musa, told art professionals in Lagos that government had plans to get art historians document Nigerian artists. At Fasuyi’s 82nd birthday, the current D-G, Abdullahi Muku, assured that the book project would soon start.
  “NGA has captured Fasuyi (Tafas) in over 200 pages,” Muku disclosed. But the presentation of the book, the D-G said, would be done before the end of the year. Muku used the occasion to remind art professionals that NGA was duty-bound to document artists, noting, “We have quite a lot of artists on the waiting list to document, as part of the NGA’s many projects for artists.”
  Fasuyi and notable modernists such as Yusuf Grillo, Solomon Wangboje and Dr. Bruce Onobrakpeya, among others, were foundation members of

‘Nkoli Ka’….Golden Jubilee of Nsukka Art School Comes To Lagos


A Triptych painting from Prof Krydz Ikwuemesi's Village Square.
After its Abuja  celebration in April, The Department of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, which turned  50 years in 2011,continues the golden jubilee event in Lagos.
 Established by the first President of Nigeria, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, the Art Department, otherwise known as the Nsukka School, is one of the most revered art institutions in Nigeria.
 From June 23 - July 2, 2017, at the former Lagos Business School buiding, Victoria Island, Lagos, the Nsukka School, according to its Associate Professor of Fine Art,

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Taking The Content of Art To Design Space On The Mainlaind

Architectural painting by Lekan Onabanjo
When art leaves its Lagos Island’s hub onto the mainland part of the city, there comes a rare synergy with design space. Taking up that challenge of giving the mainland, specifically Ikeja, a taste of collectible art in the home of design are master printmaker, Dr. Bruce Onobrakpeya, Kolade Oshinowo, Raqib Bashorun, Lekan Onabanjo, Tola Wewe, Duke Asidere, Alex Nwokolo, Zinno Orara and Fidelis Odogwu.
  From June 18 through July 10, 2017, the artists, under the title The Content, are showing that their decades of

From Mentorship To Within And Without Of Metal Art

 A metal poece, Lost In the Crowd by Fatai Abdulkareem
Stepping out into his first solo art exhibition, Fatai Abdulkareem relished the value of his environment, particularly, that of mentorship. The exhibition, titled Within and Without, held at Yusuf Grillo Gallery, Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech), Lagos, exposed an artist whose body of metal work adds to the growing profile of the college’s in metal art.
  After his graduation years ago, Abdulkareem did not exactly leave the school: he submitted himself for mentorship under one of the college’s masters of metal art, Adeola Balogun. With that background,