Welcome to CALABAR GALLERY. We showcase contemporary African Artists and African Diaspora artists globally. Based in Harlem, work featured is inspired and influenced by black African culture globally with a focus on dynamic ideas about art and society.
2020 is one for the books.
Covid-19 took the year, but Pivot became the word of the year
and some of us found news ways of working.
Happy Holidays. Whatever you observe, make it a happy one. It has been a grueling year. 315,000 lives so far lost to Covid-19. We take a moment to honor all of these people who have family, friends and colleagues. We, ourselves honor 4 special Black men we lost in our orbit that include: Franklin Madison, our tech and business guru friend and Jonathan Adewunmi, our Nollywood Film Festival friend. We honor several women we know of, and we will miss them.
Our gallery will be closed for Christmas, of course. As we await what New York does about another surge and the new strain, we will do what galleries and businesses do at this time, take stock and plan 2021.So, shop our gallery at https://calabargallery.com
Stay healthy, safe and spread the word about our gallery. We are asking each of you to share our email with 3 friends - and ask them to SIGN UP HERE.
Atim Annette Oton
Curator and Gallery Director
WHAT'S NEW: CaFA ART FAIR in BARBADOS in March 2021
Join us virtually in Barbados in March 2021.
CALABAR GALLERY will be at CAFA ART FAIR 2021.
CAFA Art Fair will be hosted virtually from March 10– March 24, 2021 with invited galleries and artists.
We will be featuring:
Danielle Scott Mario Joyce Belyusar Musah Swallah Sonia E. Barrett Elan Cardiz Alexandre Kyungu Donchellee Fulwood Mulenga J. Mulenga
CaFA Fair is one of the largest art exhibitions held annually in Barbados or anywhere in the Caribbean.
CaFA ART FAIR: MUSAH SWALLAH
CAFA Art Fair will be hosted virtually from March 10– March 24, 2021 with invited galleries and artists. We have selected to show 6 Amazing pieces by MUSAH SWALLAH, Ghanaian artist, now based in the US. This new potrait series are of people from Nima, Accra in Ghana.
We are excited again to work with Musah. We have watched him grow since he had a solo exhibition with us in 2017 just after he arrived in New York. He is one of the artists raised in the densely populated community of Nima, a largely Muslim community where people of different faiths live together harmoniously in the heart of Accra, Ghana.
Born and raised in Accra, Ghana, Musah Swallah is a visual artist whose paintings, sculptures, and mixed media works render stories that reflect Ghanaian and African culture, values, and everyday life. Musah uses art as a tool for self-expression, creating awareness, provoking dialogue, and transforming society. His artwork speaks to youth aspirations, urban environments, and globalization. The origins of his artistic ideas and inspiration are often spawned from his experiences in Nima. The creation of his artwork is based partially on aesthetics, however the message that he is trying to convey to his audience is vital in keeping the integrity of each piece. A majority of his work contains a narrative, one that he uses to communicate to audiences in order to create awareness and expose ideas and conditions that would otherwise remain unknown. Issues conveyed in his artwork include those that influence daily life in Nima in addition to those that speak to larger social conditions across Africa and the globe. He is now based in the United States.
Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org about Musah Swallah's work, we are taking pre-orders before the fair and can send out a PDF of his work - please email to request it - it will have all the necessary details. Please note that shipping will additional as some of the work is on wood, his work is here in the US.
WHAT'S UP: THE DAVID PRIZE ADVISORS
9 DAYS LEFT TO APPLY....
As one of the 10 advisors, I am delighted to continually talk about and do extensive outreach for the David Prize for the second year.
It's an unbelievable New York City prize focused opportunity on a great idea to make things better for this city. An idea, big or small that can change things. Whether you are an individual doing it now or a business or non-profit, please APPLY today. NYC needs things that change the lives of people.
I have been keeping this quiet but it's time to let this out...after 5 years in Harlem, we have been the place for Black Broadway folks to come to to buy great things. Kenny Ingram: Choreographer, Actor, and Creator, formerly of the Lion King and I decided, it's time to do a show talking to all these talented folks of Broadway. Yes, Talking Broadway with Kenny Ingram. We will co-produce it together.
So, we are getting it together ala quarantine mode...We will be working on the design and look this month, this is what we began with...not even close to what we what but it's a teaser.Talking Broadway will be shot at Calabar Gallery and virtual too..Zoom and love...just so Harlem, so Broadway,, and so New York.
MORE NEWS: THE BRONZE GALLERY/CALABAR RESIDENCY PROGRAM IN DEVELOPMENT
It's taken some time to get ready for this, so, in 2021, Burns Effiom and I will be working on a project to raise awareness about The Bronze Gallery: The Collection of Afi Ekong and the development of an inaugural Bronze Gallery/Calabar Gallery Art Residency Program in Calabar, Nigeria. we decided to move ahead in planning in the midst of Covid-19. Calabar is the city of my birth and the name of my gallery. Burns and I have been talking about this project working on this project since we meet.
Established in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria, The Bronze Gallery was established in 1994, but it was first in Lagos by Afi Ekong before she opened its current location.
Afi Ekong, as she was fondly called, was the first Nigerian female-trained artist and first owner of a private gallery in Nigeria, which she named Bronze Gallery. She belonged to the first generation of Nigerian artists of the colonial era with the likes of Aina Onabolu, Bayo Ajiboye and Ben Enwonwu who were trained in England at Saint Martin’s School of Fine Arts. Through her works, she was at the forefront of nationalism as she used her Western education to project African themes and ideas.
Chief Afi Ekong, a doyenne of modern Nigerian art, has followed a unique career path. Born in Calabar, she studied fashion design and painting in London during several postings there of her husband, Abdul Azizi Atta. Back in Nigeria Afi Ekong moved in elite social and political circles and quickly achieved acclaim as the first woman to hold a solo art exhibition in Lagos (1958). She was active in promoting arts councils in Nigeria and ran the Bronze Gallery in several venues in Lagos. From the 1950s to the present, she has continued privately to paint along with her public charitable activities.
She was born June 26, 1930 into the royal family of Edidem Bassey Eyo Epharaim Adam III, the then Obong of Calabar. Afi started her primary education in 1936 at Duke Town School, Calabar, continued at Christ Church School, Calabar.
Photo of Afi Ekong, Getty Images
Calabar Gallery is seeking to assist and develop Black Women Collectors across the United States.
ARE YOU INTERESTED?
BLACK WOMEN ART COLLECTORS
INCREASING THE NUMBERS
One major project we have been quietly working on: assisting, building and expanding art collections for Black Women.
It is imperative that Black artists are in these collections, so, we will continue to curate dynamic selections of work that should be bought, collected and grow our artists towards these collectors.
It is a simple idea: buy a piece of art every 2 months, so, 6 pieces per year.
ARTWORK TO BUY FOR THE WEEK: ARTIST: P. WAMAITHA N'GANGA
DARK MATTER II 2020 by P. WAMAITHA NG'ANG'A
Medium: Digital image on Paper (Hahnemule German etching paper) (Unframed), Size: Printed area 40cm x 57 cm (15.7” x 22.6”) Print size with boarder 45cm x 62cm (17.7” x 24.6”), Limited edition of 50, AVAILABLE, inquire by email via email@example.com today.
My scoliosis and Poland Syndrome conditions led to a negative and distorted body image of myself. I’m on a quest to understand the effect of deformities on body image whilst advocating for body positivity - the acceptance of all bodies regardless of physical ability, size, gender, race, or appearance.
P. Wamaitha Ng’ang’a (born 1982) is a Kenyan-British visual artist and photographer based in London, England. Using mixed media and photography, Wamaitha creates works that confront contemporary issues on women and children rights, social, political and environmental issues and cultural identity. She also works with self-portraiture in the realm of art therapy and symbolism communication, exploring the interconnections of nature, spirituality and healing. This process is a personal catharsis and reconciliation of the physical and psychological journey as she deals with her health. She studied Photography (First class BA Hons) and Media, Campaigning and Social Change (MA) at the University of Westminster, England.
Our next African focused auction will be January 7 to 16, 2021. We will auction 30 pieces of artwork from East African Women Artists.
The auction will feature emerging East African Women Artists: painters, photographers to fiber artists, provocative and dynamic work.
We will also announce all artists participating on January 2, 2021.
CALL FOR WORK:
We are planning to start off 2021 with a big bang...and we will auction 25 pieces of artwork from Fiber Artists.
We are seeking Fiber Artists, we like to see some provocative and dynamic work. Please send us your most captivating work and we are looking for work under 24 inches in size. Please send 3 images with details: medium and size and a one line about each piece to firstname.lastname@example.org with a short bio.
Deadline: December 31, 2020
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