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Urbanization in Africa Is Providing a Breeding Ground for Modern Art

Yanique Dawkins | Atlanta Black star   in  · ·
March 12, 2015

The sidewalks and stalls of most African capital cities are littered with touristy trinkets: luminous wooden masks, photos of dreamy safari landscapes, cheap spears that Westerners must pull from their luggage at airports as they head home. The ubiquity of these “African” designs perpetuates an inaccurate perception of the continent as a society of tribal and provincial cultures—with equally antiquated art.
A more sophisticated portrayal of modern African artistry—”Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design”—will open Saturday at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany.

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