The New African Portraiture: Shariat Collections
Published by Walther König, Köln.
Edited by Florian Steininger. Text by Myrah Brown Green, Ekow Eshun, Claire di Felice, Philippe Godin, Alana Voldman.
A treasure trove of portraits from more than 20 African and African-descendant contemporary painters
This catalog showcases over 20 figurative artists from the African continent and diaspora. While the artists assembled represent a diverse array of styles, they all explore complex questions of identity, aesthetics and art history. Amoako Boafo and Otis Quaicoe reveal richly layered hybrid identities; Souleimane Barry, Bouvy Enkobo and Christopher Myers conjure dreamlike scenes that merge the real and the imaginary, drawing from an endless trove of African myths. Together, the artists’ portraits invite the reader to interrogate how the Black figure has often been misrepresented or overlooked in the Western painting tradition.
Artists include: Millicent Akweley, Cornelius Annor, Crystal Yara Anthony, Atsoupé, Souleimane Barry, Amoako Boafo, David Aplerh-Doku Borlabi, Alexandre Diop, Kimathi Donokor, Matthew Eguavoen, Bouvy Enkobo, Basil Kincaid, Turiya Magadela, Gastineau Massamba, James Mishio, Christopher Myers, Everlyn Nicodemus, Jean-David Nkot, Boluwatife Oyederin, Afia Prempeh, Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, Josie Love Roebuck, Eric Adjei Tawiah and Tesfaye Urgessa.