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Contemporary Fine Art from Africa

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Order your art online and have it delivered anywhere in the world.

 

Guns & Rain is a curated online gallery of work by contemporary fine artists from southern Africa, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana. Most of our artists are young and emerging, but some of them are already established. You can order your art online and have it delivered anywhere in the world. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, we’ll help you do an ‘offline’ custom search based on your interests and requirements, which goes beyond what’s just on the website.

In the next five years, seven out of ten of the world’s fastest growing economies are expected to be in Africa, and contemporary African art is increasingly recognised internationally as an investment opportunity.

Founder Julie Taylor is an anthropologist, communications guru, and art entrepreneur, interested in the intersection of technology, the creative spirit and the under-representation of African fine art in the global economy. She was born and raised in Zimbabwe and holds degrees from Oxford and Cambridge. She is author of Naming the Land, a book based on her doctoral research about San identity in northern Namibia, and is based in Johannesburg. Before Guns & Rain, Julie ran Google’s communications for Africa.

The name ‘Guns & Rain’ is used with acknowledgement and thanks. It comes from the acclaimed work of South African-born British anthropologist and playwright David Lan, who wrote about guerrillas and spirit mediums in Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle — for its reference to nature, culture, identity, land, struggle, change, and many other important African themes. Guns & Rain is committed to fair, mindful and ethical trade.

What people are saying:
“Thank you again. The whole experience has been great. I will be a returning customer for sure and I’ve already told lots of people about your site” [Claire, in Canada]
“I actually have been in search of a place like this - in all my travels around Africa I have yet to arrive upon a venue for thoughtful representation of contemporary art. Many congratulations” [Andrew, in Washington DC]
“Guns and Rain: thank you so much for the wonderful art. I was delighted to discover that both pieces are even more impressive than the website portrayed them.” [Kateena, in Melbourne]
“My experience was terrific. Keep it up” [Sina, in Washington DC]

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The Africa Issue – Contemporary And

The Africa Issue – Contemporary And | My Africa is... | Scoop.it

Several European Magazines have in recent years devoted entire issues to Africa. Whose continent do they portray, wonders Sean O'Toole
by Sean O’Toole

 

Traduction en français : http://www.contemporaryand.com/fr/magazines/the-africa-issue/

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One of the best analyzes I have ever read on the magazines covers about Africa and Contemporary Art.

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“African artists have now taken and secured their seat at the dinner table, invited or not!”

“African artists have now taken and secured their seat at the dinner table, invited or not!” | My Africa is... | Scoop.it

Since the Angola-Golden-Lion-Sensation in Venice we have been approached a lot of times by journalists with that one question:

“So. . . is contemporary African art the next big thing? Can we even call it a HYPE?”

The media’s huge interest in the new “Boom” led us to the idea of, instead of answering that question ourselves, forwarding it to artists, curators, directors, or advisors to ask for their personal opinion on what they think of it:

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“So. . . is contemporary African art the next big thing? Can we even call it a HYPE?” 

Our favorite answer from N'Goné Fall, curator and  art critic:

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More than twenty years after the time when the West was stating with no shame that there was no contemporary art in Africa, more than twenty years after a long series of blockbuster exhibitions mostly selling the continent as an exotic brand, twenty years after the birth of landmark magazines such as Third text (London), Revue Noire (Paris) and NKA (New York), it seems that the world has little evolved. As if nothing has been done to knock down all the preconceptions and clichés shadowing the critical discourse produced by African artists, curators, critics, historians and researchers. Contemporary art from Africa had its ‘moment of glory’ in the 1990s. At the turn of the millennium, it was widely accepted and acknowledged that artistic production from Africa was not “authentic”, “traditional” and “nice looking”. It is the voice, the guts and the soul of people who have something to offer theoretically, conceptually, and aesthetically. It is a critical look at all the societies around the world by a group of intellectuals and artists who just happen to be from Africa.

Africa is the “hype”? So sweet. After all, not so long ago they would call it the Dark Continent. I guess we should be grateful to be in the light now, in case somebody did not notice that it has already been the case for a long time…"

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The Africa Issue – Contemporary And

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"Several European Magazines have in recent years devoted entire issues to Africa. Whose continent do they portray, wonders Sean O'Toole

This is how it usually goes. An e-mail arrives from some curator’s assistant or editorial intern informing you that Europe is interested in featuring Africa – in their magazine, on their museum wall, somewhere important. Oh yeah, you reply, if they want geography they can buy a spade and go dig for sand themselves. No, they reply, flustered, they want people, names, e-mail addresses, jpegs, contacts. For mahala (Zulu: free), because Africa is open source, has always been. After a couple of these familiar shakedowns, you get clever. You start doing what Lester Bangs did..."

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Sean O’Toole is a writer and co-editor of CityScapes, a critical journal for urban enquiry. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

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