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Salon Series: demystifying African art

Academicians' Room events

Monday 21 November 2016
6.30 — 8pm

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From left: Marina Varava and Hannah O'Leary

Photo courtesy of Maria Varnava, Tiwani Gallery. Photo courtesy of Hannah O’Leary, Sotheby’s.

Join the Salon Series in its second season as we explore the growing success of African art.

The Salon Series is the Academicians’ Room’s series of curated talks, envisaged as a platform to discuss arts and culture through the insight of brilliant speakers from diverse and fascinating backgrounds. The first of these talks will address African art, delving into its exciting and growing contemporary art scene.

African art is a name with a big meaning. Used as a terminology in the art world to define art and artists from the continent, African art encompasses many local and sub-regional realities with as many differences as similarities. With an increased interest in the region in the recent years, African art has moved beyond its continental boundaries and landed in many of the art world’s capitals. With one art fair entirely devoted to the continent, and several specialised galleries and artists from the diaspora based in London as well as a strong auction house presence, African art has become a global phenomenon with many ramifications. This talk will explore this extraordinary cluster, from its origins and meaning, to its long artistic history and its protagonists, and the repercussion and influences in London and abroad.

The panel will include contributions from Maria Varnava (Director, Tiwani Contemporary, London), and Hannah O’Leary (Director and Head of Modern African art at Sotheby’s), with Osei Bonsu (independent curator and writer) as moderator.

Call 020 7300 8090 to book; or, if you’re an Academicians’ Room member, you can fill in a booking form by following the ‘book now’ link.

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Monday 21 November 2016

6.30 — 8pm

The Academicians’ Room, The Keeper’s House, Royal Academy of Arts

£20. Call 020 7300 8090 to book.