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News from the Contemporary African Art Gallery (New York)

From a media release - I'll be visiting Bill and the gallery on my next trip back to NYC - stay tuned:

News from Contemporary African Art (New York)

West African Stew is Cooking at Contemporary African Art Gallery

With the new show we shine a light on some of the outstanding artists of West Africa. Wishing to have serious one-on-one conversations about the work, we will not have an opening but rather encourage you to come at a time convenient for you. To get a view of the current show and learn how to contact us for an appointment please visit the web site Be prepared to be wowed!!

The New and Improved Contemporary African Art Web Site

Take a test drive on the new web site. In our opinion it is more attractive, easier to use and much, much faster. Time yourself as you go through the entire site. As always, the current show is prominent while the entire inventory and collection is there to be seen.  We are no different from anyone with anything to sell in this economy. For those with an ability and a passion to collect; this is a good time. We welcome such conversations

The Gallery Loans two El Anatsui Works to The Museum for African Art

The inaugural show in the new museum building on the corner of 110 and Fifth Avenue  will be the first retrospective of the internationally acclaimed artist El Anatsui. The Gallery has lent from its collection a metal and a wood work for this show.  The works are already on exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto before traveling here for the inaugural show. We are pleased and proud to be part of this important show in the new, and permanent, home of this important New York museum and we are pleased that "Museum Mile" has been stretched to Harlem, welcoming an address further north than our own.

The Gallery Submits a Proposal for Artist's Cultural Center

Working with Senegalese artist Viye Diba, the Gallery has written a proposal for a $50,000 grant from an organization called Freedom to Create. A winning proposal will bring him international recognition and funds for the cultural center he is building, to this point, with his own money. Because the objective of the prize is to bring attention to artistic works that inspire freedom, the Gallery chose Red Escape II (pictured), which metaphorically shows a work surrounded by prison walls and a dramatic escape literally bursting through a slit in the canvas. We are hopeful, and optimistic, that the prize will be announced in Viye's favor within a few weeks.

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