But at what expense? According to the author, “this is good for the artists, but the rest of Africa will lose out”. With this comment, Profesor Okeke-Agulu reminds us that without strong public cultural institutions, without strong government support and museums to show the art, it is harder for Artists to thrive. And Africa mostly lack all of this. “That’s because whole countries in Africa cannot boast a single at museum of any renown” according to the author. Most children in Africa will never see the work of the Ghanian Artist Al Anatsui. They will have to go to Paris, London or New York for that. Let’s not forget how lucky we are, and how lucky our children are, to have access to so many wonderful Art Institutions.
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Included in the show are works by Cameroon Artist Simon Binna, Paul Onditi from Nairobi, Kenya, Malian photographer Malick Sidibé, Nelson Makamo from South African, Girma Berta from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; all great artists in their own right. This second edition of Salon Zürcher Africa is well worth seeing and shine the light on artists otherwise rarely seen in the United States.
Partner in Art is delighted to present the paintings of Artist Simon Binna, Zürcher Gallery, 33 Bleecker Street, New York. Says artcritical.com “Salon Zürcher kicks off Frieze Week with Salon Zürcher Africa, a micro-fair that opens up its Bleecker Street premises to five international galleries showcasing art from Africa. Dealers from Addis Ababa, Nairobi, New York and Paris”. Proud to be in such great company.
Don’t miss Frieze Art Fair at Randall’s Island Park and 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in Red Hooks, Brooklyn from May 5-7, 2017. I’ll be there.
I am delighted to present Simon Binna’s paintings as part of Salon Zürcher Africa from May 2 -May 7, 2017. Simon Binna is an artist who currently lives and works in Douala, Cameroon. Opening reception is Tuesday, May 2 from 6pm – 8pm at Zürcher Gallery, 33 Bleecker, New York, NY.