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An Immense New Book Surveys the Work of More Than 300 African Artists

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October 15, 2021

Grace Ebert

Zanele Muholi, Bhekezakhe, Parktown (2016), gelatin silver print, 50 35.9 centimeters. Photo Zanele Muholi. Stevenson, Amsterdam, Cape Town and Johannesburg, and Yancey Richardson, New York

One of the most expansive volumes of its kind, African Artists:From 1882 to Now compiles a broad sampling of works from more than 300 modern and contemporary artists born or living on the continent. Within its 350-plus pages, the massive text spans a range of mediums and aesthetics, from Mary Sibande’s sprawling postcolonial installations and Wangechi Mutu’s fantastical watercolor collages to the cotton-embroidered photographs by Joana Choumali. The forthcoming volume follows the publisher’s 2019 book Great Women Artists, whichgathers works from 400 artists from 54 countries across 500 years, and it’s available for pre-order from Phaidon and Bookshop.

 

Papa Ibra Tall, “La semeuse dtoiles (The Star Sower)” (undated), tapestry, 201 298 centimeters. Photo the artist

Kwesi Botchway, “Green Fluffy Coat” (2020), acrylic on canvas, 78.7 78.7 centimeters. Photo the artist, courtesy of Gallery 1957, Accra

Mary Sibande, “A Reversed Retrogress: Scene 1” (2013), lifesize fiberglass mannequins and cotton textile, 180 120 120 centimeters. Photo the artist, courtesy of the artist

Michele Mathison, “Breaking Ground” (2014), steel and enamel, 203 104 40 centimeters. Photo the artist, courtesy Michele Mathison and WHATIFTHEWORLD

Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, “Fragile 5” (2018), acrylic and oil on canvas, 187 196 centimeters. Photo the artist, courtesy of the artist and October Gallery, London

John Akomfrah. “Vertigo Sea” (2015). Photo the artist and Smoking Dogs Films, courtesy of Smoking Dogs Films and Lisson Gallery

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