AFRIKIN® Art

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Art is an attitude, a viewpoint. It is subversive… a burst of creativity and energy. Our goal is to make people think. To confront them with the unexpected. To wow them. Art is conception more than execution. Art engenders discussion. It’s part of the human condition, you want to tell people about it.

AFRIKIN® Art is multicultural – from all continents and presented from a world view and intercultural aesthetic. AFRIKIN® provides a platform for both emerging and established artists through curated exhibitions that include digital art, fine art, multimedia, photography and works on paper. In addition to creating a space for core participants, AFRIKIN® also creates an environment for budding collectors while presenting content that highlights trending movements. Exhibitions include works from Africa, the Americas, Asia, the “Black Aesthetic”, Indigenous works and Street Art.

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A Turning Point : Case History of Black Aesthetic Art

Artists working within the realm of the Black Aesthetic have been traditionally under-represented in the market. The mainstream market is now acknowledging the increasing value of these overlooked works of Black Aesthetic art. Institutions are also now rushing to include these works and ‘fill the gaps’ in their collections. This places collectors of this work in a unique position to showcase these important pieces of art.  

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The Black Art Gold Rush Has Begun

For artists like Norman Lewis and Horace Pippins they did not live to see this historical reversal of several generations of African-American artists in overcoming institutional neglect. For Eldzier Cortor, who died on November 26, 2015, he did live to see his work in the new Whitney Museum. “It’s a little late now, I’d say,” he observed dryly during an interview. “But better late than never.” What will happen for the African American collectors who loyally supported the Black artists before it was a trend? Maybe they will realize a profit from their investment. What will the well monied private collectors and the museums with the wish list find as they look for this undervalued work? They will find that these veins of gold are also in the hands of the Black collectors and art dealers and if they do not want to overspend they need to forge relationships with them. (RM Crews for Black Art in America™, 2016)

Black Art Is Buried Treasure (Bloomberg Business Week, February, 2006)

Why African American Art Is So Hot  (Forbes, Dec., 2008)

Black Artists March Into The Museum (New York Times, November, 2015)

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Indigenous Art

Art of native peoples and tribes from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Australia are part of indigenous art. This artwork is usually connected to ceremonies and rituals of the regional natives that are creating these works. The content is comprised of elements from traditional native culture in the case of Australian Aboriginal art, this culture has no written language, so important cultural narratives and thought are told through the use of symbols and drawings. Similarly with other indigenous and native cultures, art is reflective of life in the physical and spiritual world. Indigenous art is language and an incorporation of authentic native culture into visual representations.

Why Indigenous Art Is Big Business Internationally (2017)

Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (Metropolitan Museum Of Art, through October, 2017)

Graffiti and Street Art

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Graffiti is plural for the Italian word “graffito” and is known as writing and / or scratched etchings on buildings, trains, vehicles, walls and other surfaces. Graffiti is based on a sequence of words, letters or symbols.  Street Art is an image based outgrowth from graffiti and is visual art created in public locations.  Street Art is executed using varied mediums including, drawing, photographic imagery, spray paint graffiti, stencils, “poster art, sticker art, street installations and sculpture”.

History of Graffiti (Part 1) by ERIC aka DEAL CIA and SPAR ONE TFP of At 149st.com

Graffiti Kings:  New York City Mass Transit Art of the 1970’s By Jack Stewart

Graffiti Art at the Museum of the City of New York (New York Times, Art & Design | Art Review)

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To submit your company, product, art collection, or content-related proposal for AFRIKIN® Art, contact us at [email protected].

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