Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Copyright Commission, CSOs lock horns over withdrawal of 'criminal charge' against NB Plc


(From left) Kufre Ekanem, Corporate Affairs Adviser, Nigerian Breweries Plc; Ruth Osime, Editor, ThisDay Style; Mrs. Ngozi Princewill-Utchay, CEO, Artelier Lifestyle Consultants; Chidike Oluaoha, Senior Brand Manager, Amstel Malta; at the official launching of Amstel Malta’s new campaign, Why Add More held in Lagos. Pic: c/o Internet source.

By Simeon Mpamugoh

Under the aegis of Coalition for the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (CPIPR), a group consisting of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) has issue to settle with the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC).


The CPIPR has given NCC seven days to furnish it with information and documents pursuant to Section 1 (1) of the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act 2011 regarding the prosecution of Charge No. FHC/ABJ/ CR/163/2017- Nigeria Copyright Commission vs. Nigeria Breweries Plc & Anor.

Majek Fashek (February 1963-June 2020)

Majek Fashek

Reggae music king Majekodunmi Fasheke, popularly called Majek Fashek, died Tuesday.

For over $2m, undated African sculpture goes on sale at Sotheby's

The Clyman Fang Head, c/o Sotheby's.

With its provenance taken from 1931, a piece described as "African reliquary" sculpture provides no details of origin. Sheduled for sale at Sotheby’s evening of contemporary art in New York' June 29, the statue known as The Clyman Fang Head is also from an unknown artist.


Sunday, 31 May 2020

Art business inactive in Lagos despite ease of lockdown


Waheed Ariyo’s Dignities of African Woman.
(wood, 21 x 13 in.), scheduled to show in now postponed Next of Kin art exhibition at Thought  Pyramid, Lagos.
As Nigeria's economic hubs, the Lagos and Victoria Islands central business districts are incomplete without the flavour of art over the two axis. In fact, the thriving art business in Lagos and Victoria Islands represent an important hub in Africa.

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Satirical paintings from Ezeigwe’s 'Beast Of No Nation' knock political class

Colonialist, 2019, oil on canvas, 121.9 x 91.4cm
The spirit of late controversial musician, Fela Anikulapo Kuti is currently being invoked in a solo art exhibition of recent paintings by contemporary artist, Ikechukwu Ezeigwe titled Beast Of No Nation, started showing virtually, courtesy of Omenka Gallery, Ikoyi Lagos from 29 May - 29 June 2020.

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Charcoal black, brick red make new 'Staedtler Concrete' art tool

New Staedtler Concrete.
Art tools for 2020 comes with a new brand named 'Concrete' from Staedtler's ballpoint. Described as a tool with special materials, it comes in charcoal black and brick red.

Sunday, 24 May 2020

For Int'l Sculpture Day 2020, Lagos, Zaria artists celebrate virtually

A sculpture tittled Eclipse (wood,121.5cm x 152cm, 2020), by Iyke Okenyi.

Over 25 sculptors in Nigeria beat the lockdown in Lagos and Kaduna States to celebrate International Sculpture Day 2020. Held across the world on every last Saturday of April, the International Sculpture Day was first celebrated in 2015.


Friday, 22 May 2020

Shonibare, others raise art fund with face masks

A face mask designed by Linder Sterling. Pic: n/a

Nigerian-British artist, Yinka Shonibare joins three others of Contemporary Art Society (CAS), in the UK to produce limited edition charity face masks.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Auctioneers test art market waters June, July

Pablo Picasso’s “Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘F’)” (1955), is among the paintings heading for auction that is estimated to bring in more than $20 million.Credit...Christie's Images Ltd. 2020

The months of June and July are  crucial for the global art market in testing its strength to bounce back, even during the covid-19 pandemic. Three leading auction houses, Sotheby's, Christie's and Philips are set for their first live sales, which were postponed in March.

FG inaugurates creative industry committee, says 'no time for division'


The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, while inaugurating the Post-Covid-19 Initiatives Committee for the Creative Industry virtually from his office in Abuja on Tuesday. Pic: FMIC.

After the storm settled over the initial list of creative industry members for post-covid-19, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, yesterday, finally inaugurated the committee.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

African art fairs directors, founders converge for future

Touria El Glaoui. Pic: Internet c/o Apollo magazine.

A forum for post covid-19 contemporary art in Africa holds tomorrow, Wednesday as the first of weekly series of online panel discussions. Specifically, the forum focuses on the future of contemporary African art fairs in a post Covid-19 art world.

Sunday, 17 May 2020

From textile art of Udondian, Àdápé wins Guggenheim award

Victoria Udondian.

When Victoria Udondian expanded her career to the critical art sphere, over ten years ago, it was like a dive into the waters of uncertainty.

Friday, 15 May 2020

Culture professionals send minister packing over poor performance

Ulrike Lunacek

Artists, musicians, actors and others in Austria have forced the government to give priority to the creative industry.