Thursday, 19 July 2018

Cliff Ogiugo: 1941-2018

Cliff Ogiugo.
I met Cliff Ogiugo at the Daily Times in 1974 when I assumed duty as Art Editor of what was then undoubtedly the most authoritative daily in Nigeria. I immediately bonded with him and the inimitable Josy Ajiboye who, with the late Yomi Wilson, constituted the core of the Editorial Art Studio. A fast talker with a polished stutter who peppered his conversations with brisk, brittle chuckles, À-Cliff- è, as Josy and I used to heckle him, carried his face mirthfully, especially on those occasions that we broke into spontaneous fabulation episodes in the office. Little Joe, his iconic strips in the Sunday Times, had by then become this trail-blazing weekly, a compelling read for the newspaper’s subscribers. Long before I met him in person, I had known Cliff Ogiugo. But meeting him in person added something special to the enigmatic awesomeness of his comic strips. He was a self-assured master draftsman and versatile illustrator with deft brush lines and creative chutzpah to match. Ogiugo was there at the top echelon of the few public practitioners of the trade at that time, including Chuks Anyanwu, Oke Hortons, and

Monday, 16 July 2018

BREAKING: Ancient Chinese 'curse' wins 58th Venice Biennale's loose theme

Ralph Rugoff, the artistic director of the 2019 Venice Biennale,  (left), with president, Paolo Baratta. Pic: courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia.
The 58th Venice Biennale holding May 11 to November 24, 2019 with preview scheduled for May 8, 9 and 10 now has a loose theme.

According to a press statemenr received from the organisers few hours ago, the President of La Biennale di Venezia, Paolo Baratta, and the curator of the 58th International Art Exhibition, Ralph Rugoff, today, launched the Biennale Arte 2019. "The 58th International Art Exhibition will be titled May You Live in Interesting Times, after an ancient Chinese curse referring to periods of uncertainty, crisis and turmoil; "interesting times", exactly as the ones we live in today," the statement reads.


Saturday, 14 July 2018

TKMG's Lagos Art Auction 2018 brings innovative exposure

Etching titled Dance To Enchanting Songs (85 x 60 in, dated 2017) by Dr Bruce Onobrakpeya, estimated for N13m - N13.3m.

In its ninth edition, TKMG Aucton continues to focus on West Africa's leading artists of modern and contemporary periods. The ninth TKMG auction also has new concept in exposing works of emerging artists.

Art Dubai 2019 adds new section to boost Africa, other regions' space


One of the booths at Contemporary section of Art Dubai 2018.
As Art Dubai, in UAE continues its 2019 Call for galleries entries, a new space has been announced into the yearly art fair. The new gallery section known as 'Bawwaba' (gateway in Arabic), offers art and artists from Africa as well as contents that focus on the continent an expansive expression.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

President Macron's 11-year-old portrait artist, Olamilekan, gets Gov Ambode's support for education

Young artist, 11-year-old Waris Olamilekan Kareem (centre) and his Parents, Mr Mutiu and Mrs Zainab Kareem during a visit to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd from right) at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Thursday, July 12, 2018.

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday, promised to support the education of an 11-year-old hyperrealist artist, Kareem Waris Olamilekan. The young artist was uncovered when he rendered what has been described as live drawing portrait of French President, Emmanuel Macron "in just two hours" during the latter's visit to the new Afrika Shrine in Lagos.

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A report posted on  Lagos State website few hours ago stated that Ambode, who hosted the artist, his parents, teachers and instructor, promised to give him educational support, as well as help nurture his talent. Olamilekan's instructor, Adeniyi Adewole Wasiu, who runs Ayowole Academy of Arts, where he trains young artists, will also benefit from the governor's support, it was reported.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Shonibare's studio, gallery project takes off in Lagos


Design by Elsie Owusu for Yinka Shonibare's Lekki, Lagos house with gallery and studio.
Nigerian-British artist, Yinka Shonibare's much-awaited art facility project in Lagos takes off in September this year.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

MKO Abiola, Fawehinmi statues swell 'failed' Lagos public space art, despite Arts and Culture advisory board

Newly installed MKO Abiola statue at Ketu-Ojota, Lagos.
From ancient to modern and contemporary periods, art of Nigerian descents have been well revered, even by the western world. But quite worrisome that in the 21st century, recent public space sculptures -- of Lagos State precisely -- keep raising basic and elementary questions in artistic creation.

Latest of such public space art currently generating competence-debate are the newly unveiled MKO Abiola and Gani Fawehinmi statues mounted at Ojota-Ketu axis, a Lagos suburb. In commemoration of the 25th year of the annulled June 12 Presidential  elections of 1993, Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode had unveiled the statues to honour the winner, late Abiola and activist, Fawehinmi.