|A declared national monument, Ilojo Bar, Lagos Island, before it was demolished in 2016 by suspected agents of Lagos State Government.|
Saturday, 18 January 2020
Saturday, 11 January 2020
|Ms. Harriet Thompson, Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria, delivering the paper for 11th Ben Enwonwu Distinguished Lecture, in Lagos.|
There is a huge body of work on the role art can play in peace, conflict resolution and socio-economic transformation. There are many highly respected, knowledgeable experts on the topic. I have to admit I am not one of them! But then Oliver knew that when he invited me to speak. So what I have to offer this morning is the perspective of an enthusiastic amateur. An art lover, yes. An advocate for peace and socio-economic transformation, certainly. A naija-phile, 100%. A learned expert, maybe not – but I hope my reflections are useful nonetheless.
|Chief (Mrs) Aino Oni-Okpaku|
Sunday, 5 January 2020
|Open Eyes, one of the new light paintings of Emmanuel Eni.|
Saturday, 4 January 2020
|A wood sculpture titled Curious Mind (122 x 77cm, Wood fiber, 2019), by Philips Nzekwe.|
Titled Raw Intuition, Nzekwe's solo exhibition, held at National Museum, Onikan, Lagos, exposed an artist with depth of analogous themes in communication. Specifically, his works also project into the widening window of freedom of expression, in the 21st century.
Saturday, 21 December 2019
Curator, Prof Jerry Buhari (left); Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu; and CEO, Arthouse Contemporary, Mrs Kavita Chellaram during the opening of Celebration of Legacies… in Lagos
The exhibited artists who were members of Zaria Art Society from Nigerian College of Art, Science and Technology (NCAST), include Yusuf Grillo (b.1934), Demas Nwoko (b.1935), Emmanuel Odita (b.1934), Simon Okeke (1937-1969), Uche Okeke (1933-2016), Bruce Onobrakpeya (b.1932) and Oseloka Osadebe (b.1935).
Tuesday, 17 December 2019
Saturday, 14 December 2019
|Sunmi Smart-Cole during the opening of Sunmi's Lens at Terra Kulture. Pic: by Tobi Magnus Smart-Cole.|
Shown as Sunmi’s Lens, from December 1-14, 2019, at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos, the exhibition, displayed in monochrome renditions exudes Smart-Cole's trajectory in analogue and digital photography. Quite a number of celebrity portraits taken, either in the past one decade or much longer also strengthen the retrospective show. Accompanied with a book launch of the same title, the exhibits included six works from the photographer's son, Tobi Magnus Smart-Cole.
|Visitors viewing sculptures on display at Impart Artists’ Fair. Pic: Lasmara.|
A new entrant Impart Artists' Fair, striped art galleries of their traditional powers of representation and gave artists the opportunity to represent themselves. However, there were quite some innovative contents of the fair that suggested fragility of the curatorial adventure as regards sustaining the format.
Tuesday, 10 December 2019
Saturday, 7 December 2019
|Portrait of a Northern Man, (oil on canvas, 61 x 50.5cm), by Uzo Egonu and sold for N9,400,000 ($26,111).|
Sunday, 1 December 2019
|'Family Picture', (mixed media (30x38in, 2019), by Chinedu Ogakwu.|
After pushing the technique into the consciousness of art aficionados, over the last four years, Ogakwu returns to the exhibition circuit, showing Ilimite-II from December 6-13, 2019 at National Gallery of Art, Temple Avenue, Enugu. A borrowed French word, ‘Illimite’ means unlimited, but adapted by Ogakwu to enhance his mixed media works on canvas.
Thursday, 28 November 2019
|'Ife Head' (Brass, circa 1300 C.E. 35cm high), on display at The British Museum, London.|
One year after ECOWAS' declaration on recovery of looted artifacts, Nigeria has announced its intention to launch a formal campaign for return and restitution of the country's cultural objects in possession of foreign museums and private hands across the world. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed made the announcement, in Lagos on Thursday.