Profile: Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Njideka Akunyili Crosby was born in Enugu, Nigeria, in 1983 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. The artist was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from Swarthmore College in May 2019. She is also the recipient of a 2017 MacArthur Fellowship and has received a number of awards and grants, including the Prix Canson, 2016; Next Generation honor, New Museum, 2015; Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, 2015; and the James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2014, among others. She was an Artist in Residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem in 2011–2012.
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African masks are the most popular pieces of African art

They are also considered to be among the finest pieces in the world of art and are usually highly sought after. They are usually carved out of wood, although some are made of cloth and other materials. They are sometimes decorated with beads and paint. Most masks are made not to look like real human faces. They are usually designed and created to provide somewhat … Continue reading African masks are the most popular pieces of African art

African weapons were created for purposes that went far beyond their original functions

They were usually made from copper and brass but mostly from Iron. They included swords, daggers, knives, spears, axes, shields etc. In most cases, a hammer and anvil were used to work the metals. Copper and brass lacked the solidity needed to make weapons for warfare. Blacksmiths needed more resistant metals to create stronger weapons. They found their answer with Iron and steel. The techniques … Continue reading African weapons were created for purposes that went far beyond their original functions

Defining contemporary African art is not a simple task

  This is evidenced by the fact that it’s still being debated as to form, style and meaning. The most important African art has always been considered to be antique and traditional art. However, over the last 40 years, modern African artists have sought to bring the qualities of tradition to present day art while seeking a forum in the world’s art community. Contemporary art … Continue reading Defining contemporary African art is not a simple task