AFRIQUE NOUVELLE VAGUE

Bullets, Fetishes, Paintings, Graffiti,...

March 5 – June 16, 2020

Upper Galleries

Opening Reception: March 5, 2020, 6 – 9.30 p.m.

Ethan Cohen Gallery is pleased to present Afrique Nouvelle Vague: Bullets, Fetishes, Paintings, Graffiti,..., a group exhibition of works by significant contemporary artists from the African continent. The exhibition weaves together works by Aboudia, Gonçalo Mabunda, Moffat Takadiwa, Òmó Oba Adetomiwa Gbadebo, Soly Cissé, Wycliffe Mundopa, Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude, Malick Sidibe, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Ouattara Watts, Vincent Michéa, Kine Aw,  Innocent Nkurunziza, and Terrence Musekiwa. These art practices when looked at as a total, give us an intimate view into the richness, innovation, and diversity of contemporary African artists today.

 

Western art of the past century has been inspired heavily by its interaction with African art. Modern masters from Picasso to Modigliani have furthered modernist discourse and purged decoration from art due to the influence of African minimalism they encountered from tribal artworks. Now, there is a wave of cross-pollination within Africa itself, with African artists absorbing and reinterpreting global artistic trends. Contemporary African Art is at the forefront of artistic discourse today, and with its expansion on the global stage, there is growing attention to art coming out of the region. The 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair launched first in London (2013), then New York (2015), and most recently in Marrakech (2018), bolstering the market for African Contemporary Art. Auction houses such as Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Bonhams, and PIASA have been hosting record sales of African contemporary art this past year. Ambitious institutions within the continent are increasing, and those such as Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, the Museum of Black Civilizations in Dakar are rewriting their own contemporary art histories. Artistic hubs within Africa are engaging the communities and art scenes of the region. Top collections are investing into collecting works of the region and global institutions have begun hosting significant exhibitions of African art. Though the market and scene are growing rapidly, there is still more to discover, develop, and grow.

Afrique Nouvelle Vague: Bullets, Fetishes, Paintings, Graffiti,... presents a selection of perspectives that reveals the variety of different artistic practices coming from Africa, from photography to painting to sculpture, to demonstrate the depth of this talent.

 
VIEWING ROOM

OUATTARA WATTS

The Lovers

Digital print and mixed media on canvas

60 x 48 in

2009

ABOUDIA

Dormir dans la rue

Mixed media on canvas

78.8 x 118.1 in (200 x 300 cm)

2015

KINE AW

Partage

Drawing on paper

13.25 x 9.25 in

2012

KINE AW

Apprentissage

Drawing on paper

13.25 x 9.25 in

2012

KINE AW

Diversité Culturelle

Drawing on paper

13.25 x 9.25 in

2012

FREDERIC BRULY BOUABRE

Various works

Pen ink and colored pencil on cardstock

Sizes vary

Inquire for information regarding individual works

MOFFAT TAKADIWA

Africa Out of Order

Mixed media

115 x 40 x 4 cm

2013

MOFFAT TAKADIWA

Head Spin No. 3

Black, purple, sky blue, and silver hair spray can nozzles

22 x 22 x 8 in (56 x 56 x 20.3 cm)

2014

MOFFAT TAKADIWA

Head Spin No. 1

Black, purple, sky blue, and silver hair spray can nozzles

22 x 22 x 8 in (56 x 56 x 20.3 cm)

2014

TERRENCE MUSEKIWA

Untitled

Mixed media

6 x 5 x 2 in

2014

TERRENCE MUSEKIWA

Untitled

Mixed media

9.5 x 9 x 4.5 in

2014

TERRENCE MUSEKIWA

Untitled

Mixed media

6 x 5 x 2 in

2014

TERRENCE MUSEKIWA

Untitled

Mixed media

12.5 x 7.5 x 3.25 in

2014

TERRENCE MUSEKIWA

Untitled

Mixed media

11 x 7 x 2 in

2014

TERRENCE MUSEKIWA

Untitled

Mixed media

7.5 x 13.5 x 4.5 in

2014

GRESHAM TAPIWA NYAUDE

A Dog's Life Pt. 1

Oil in canvas

72 x 53.5 in (183 x 136 cm)

2014

WYCLIFFE MUNDOPA

Paradise of Vice II

Oil, acrylic, and ink in canvas

73.8 x 52.2 in (187.5 x 132.6 cm)

2015

INNOCENT NKURUNZIZA

Discussion

Bark and mixed media on canvas

40 x 30 in

c. 2016

INNOCENT NKURUNZIZA

New Day

Bark and mixed media on canvas

40 x 30 in

c. 2016

MALICK SIDIBE

Surprise Party, 1966/2014

Gelatin silver print

30.5 x 20.1 in (77.5 x 51 cm)

Unique print 

MALICK SIDIBE

Soirée, 1966/2014

Gelatin silver print

30.5 x 20.1 in (77.5 x 51 cm)

Unique print 

VINCENT MICHEA

No 129

Acrylic on canvas

40 x 40 in (100 x 100 cm)

2012

VINCENT MICHEA

No 129

Acrylic on canvas

40 x 40 in (100 x 100 cm)

2012

SOLY CISSE

Sans Titre

Oil on canvas

47 x 23.5 in (120 x 60 cm)

2014

SOLY CISSE

Sans Titre

Oil on canvas

47 x 23.5 in (120 x 60 cm)

2014

GONÇALO MABUNDA

Mind Over Matter

Metal and recycled gun parts

24 x 16 in (61 x 40.6 cm)

2017

GONÇALO MABUNDA

Untitled

Recycled weapons of the Mozambique civil war, mixed media

32 x 20 x 5.5 in (81.3 x 50.8 x 14 cm)

2016

Òmó Oba (HRH) Adètòmíwà A. Gbadébò

Itan pọ si (History Magnified)

Acrylic, exterior latex house paint, Adura, stone, robber, pastels, graphite, mixture of fabric, resin, strings, wood on canvas

192 x 66 in (487.7 x 167.6 cm)

2016

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Ouattara Watts, The Lovers, 2009