African art is certainly not new to the art world. African art, design and architecture have consistently captivated and transformed every culture that has ever come in contact with it. As Ethan Cohen New York states in the exhibition press release for “FLAUNT: Africa New Wave”,
"Almost a century ago, African art’s interaction with the Western tradition changed the course of art history. From Picasso through Cubists to Brancusi, a spare austerity purged decoration from form and content thanks to the revelation of African minimalism."
As a result of globalisation, today’s contemporary African artists are accessing and leveraging ideas and techniques from around the world to suit their aesthetic and conceptual desires. This reverse pollination, as Ethan Cohen New York refers to it, has caught the complete attention of the art world as evidenced by Saatchi Gallery’s recent shows “PANGAEA 1″ and “PANGAEA 2″, the expansion of the three-year old 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair to include New York as well as London and Fondation Cartier’s summer group show “Beauté Congo: 1926-2015″. Contemporary African art is indeed thetopic of interest, and Ethan Cohen New York, with its current exhibition, is well-poised to make an impactful contribution to the conversation.
Art Radar profiles the six artists featured in “FLAUNT: Africa New Wave”.