Kongo: Power and Majesty review – African treasures inspire awe at the Met

The gallery of power figures at Kongo: Power and Majesty 16 September 2015 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
September 20, 2015

A formidably rigorous and erudite exhibition looks at Kongo civilisation across five centuries, unwinding any ‘primitivist’ stereotypes that still attend African art They glower at you, little human that you are: fearsome, glorious spirits, more than a dozen of them, throbbing with electric power. Their heads jut forth and their torsos are thrust forward, asserting their dominance and incontrovertibility. And if that weren’t enough, they are armed – their chests…


Looking for an investment? African art is hotter than gold

African art
September 17, 2015

Amid strong demand and skyrocketing prices, contemporary African art is increasingly attracting the attention of investors worldwide. While that might irk the purest at heart among some art collectors, it is a testament to the growing interest that African artists have spurred on the international markets. British auction house Bonhams has seen average lot prices increase 5-fold — to about $50,000 — since it started specializing in contemporary African art…