A major exhibition marking the return of 26 artworks stolen from Benin 130 years ago by French colonial forces opened to the public at the Palais de la Marina, Cotonou, on 19 February 2022. The exhibits at the centre of the presentation constitute the first tranche of selected historic artworks and sacred objects identified for... Continue Reading →
The highlight of a recent trip to Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent, was viewing the exhibition “Place, Space and Who” (18 May - 26 September 2021) by British figurative artist Barbara Walker during its final week on display. Portrait by Barbara Walker featured in "Place, Space and Who." Photo: Carol Ann Dixon. This engaging portraiture... Continue Reading →
Chicago-born contemporary visual artist and arts scholar Theaster Gates has been commissioned to design the 2022 Serpentine Pavilion in Kensington Gardens, London. Since its inception in 2000, the majority of prior pavilion commissions have been awarded to architects. So, Gates makes history as the first artist to receive a solo commission, following only two other... Continue Reading →
Okwui Enwezor (1963-2019) was an internationally renowned, Nigerian-American curator, art theorist and political scientist, whose scholarship and portfolio of major projects were the focus of a recent discussion: “Meeting Worlds – On Okwui Enwezor's Work,” hosted online by the New Museum, New York, 21 January 2021.
Dr Carol Ann Dixon's review of the recent webinar on "Collecting and Curating Anti-Racism" - hosted online by the Research Centre for Material Culture (RCMC), Amsterdam, on 19th November 2020. This overview summarises and critiques the guest presentations given by curators Antonia Alampi, Paul Goodwin and Ming Tiampo, in conversation with RCMC staff Amal Alhaag, Wayne Modest and Priya Swamy.