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Insights: National Museum of African Art

Drawing on its extensive collections, the National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC. has created this online exhibit to showcase the work of nine contemporary artists. This ensemble approach essentially reveals the nuances of the artistic process to visitors, and demonstrates the interplay of experimentation, continuity and change in each artist's subjects and materials. The artists here represent just a fragment of Africa's many cultural traditions, but their range of media is quite diverse, including film, fabrics, oils, and various sculpting materials. One artist whose work visitors will want to take a look at on the site is Iba N'Diaye, a Senegalese painter whose love of jazz informs much of his work, especially paintings such as Hommage รก Bessie Smith. Another such artist is the late Ezrom Legae, a South African sculptor and draughtsman who used his art to offer visual commentaries on the system of apartheid that was used to dominate blacks throughout his country until the 1990s.
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Date of Scout Publication 2004-05-21
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