A groundbreaking A-Z survey of the work of over 300 modern and contemporary artists born or based in Africa

A groundbreaking A-Z appraisal of the work of over 300 modern and contemporary artists born or based in Africa

In recent years Africa s booming art scene has gained substantial global attention, with a growing number of international exhibitions and a stronger-than-ever presence on the art market worldwide. Here, for the first time, is the most substantial survey to date of modern and contemporary African-born or Africa-based artists. Working with a panel of experts, this volume builds on the success of Phaidon s bestselling Great Women Artists in re-writing a more inclusive and diverse version of art history.


ISBN13: 9781838662431
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 21 Oct 2021
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publication City, Country: London,United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 29(H) x 25(W)
Weight (gm):

Author Biography

Conceived and edited by Phaidon editors.

Chika Okeke-Agulu is Professor of African and African Diaspora Art at Princeton University. He is the author of several books including Postcolonial Modernism: Art and Decolonization in Twentieth-Century Nigeria (2015), and is a co-editor of Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art.

Joseph L. Underwoodis a scholar and curator whose research addresses the transnational networks of modern and contemporary African art, with an emphasis on artists from Senegal.


"African Artists moves toward filling the hole in the Western record of the continent's creative output." - New York Times, Holiday Gift Guide

"A comprehensive guide to the continent's brightest stars" - ARTnews

"The volume comes at a time when modern and contemporary African art is at the forefront of curatorial and collector efforts." - SixtySix Mag

"This volume makes a strong argument for the diverse mediums and messages coming out of the African continent." - Elle Decor

"Essential" - Aesthetica

"A groundbreaking new book" - Red

"A stunning coffee-table title that is itself a substantial, gorgeous display" - Shelf Awareness

"Another terrific history-in-a-book from of Phaidon." - Chicago Tribune

"An insightful read for art novices and seasoned collectors alike. "- New York Magazine's The Strategist

"One of the most expansive volumes of its kind." - Colossal

"Beautiful and illuminating." - Cool Mom Picks

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