Friday, April 26, 2013

Dakar Women's Group Art Show

This spring I had the honor of helping put on the Dakar Women's Group Art Show.  We spent a few months visiting artists and art shows and galleries and pulled together seventy four local artists to highlight in our show.  Some of our artists are well established and some are really just starting their careers. The purpose of the show is to support Senegalese artists and raise money for charites at the same time.  We sold around 25,000,000 CFA ($50, 000) of artwork, eighty percent of the price stays with the artists and twenty percent will go to local charities.
A painting by one of my favorite artists, Manel
Three small paintings, Manel.

The show has a tradition of asking the artists to donate a small canvas to the Squares Project.  This year's theme was Visage (face in French.)  One hundred percent of the proceeds from Squares Project sales go to charity.  The squares also create an affordable way for people to buy art from their favorite artists.

We were fortunate to find space at the IFAN, the African Museum of Arts in Dakar Senegal.  Here are some pictures showing the space. There were so many wonder pieces of art.  I have included some of my favorites below.

This group of works by Toni Okujeni, Yelli Ndoye Manel and Mamadou Saadio Diallo.

 These pieces are by Setou, Fode Camara, Amary Diop, Ismaila Manga and Arlette Diop. 

  The artists of this row are Issa Diop, Ousmane Sow, Sandiry Niang and Aime Clement Diompy.
 Works in this row are by Moustapha Badiane, Nathalie Chauvin and Sebastian Bouchard.

This amazing piece by Amary Diop is metal sheets sewn together with wire.
Should any of this artwork pique your interest, I have contact information for all of the artists that were in the show.

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