Masks & Global African Art, Where Tradition Meets Avant-Garde

The New York Times | Ken Johnson:

African masks had an enormous influence on the development of Modern art, as luminaries like Picasso, Matisse and Giacometti appropriated and interpreted their startling forms and materials. But what about modern artists of African descent? Do they have a distinct relationship of their own to that history? That’s a question raised, if not definitively answered, by “Disguise: Masks and Global African Art,” an intermittently edifying and generally entertaining exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. The show features pieces by 25 African artists and artists of African descent, whose works all relate in some way to masks and masquerade while involving neon lights, video projections, found objects, photography or other typical devices of the global avant-garde… Read more

Image: Men of the Ogele,” a 2014 series of photographs shot in Nigeria by Zina Saro-Wiwa.CreditSantiago Mejia/The New York Times