The Global Africa Project

An engrossing, if not entirely original, exhibit of design and art from around the African continent has just opened at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. One of the curators called it a look at the “psychic space” that is Africa, and it’s a collection of the varied and fresh paintings, furniture, photography, sculptures and other artistic forms plucked from a cross-section of African countries. Artists featured in the show range from remarkable unknowns to gifted veterans like Kehinde Wiley and Yinka Shonibare.

I hate whenever I hear about something that is supposed to reflect all of Africa, as if it’s, yet again, just one country, but I think the curators did an admirable job combing the continent for pieces from different places. But as you can see from these three photos (from Nigeria, South Africa, and Cameroon) — there is definitely no one “African” aesthetic.

Photos from the Museum of Arts and Design


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