African art and museums

African art museums, Sub-Saharan African artists, art galleries and organizations, the history of art
A guide to websites

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Art history; ancient African art *

African art history resources on the web.
A comprehensive web index by Chris Witcombe.

African Art
Thematic Essays (through the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History)

Images from The African Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania

G. I. Jones Photographic Archive of Southeastern Nigerian Art and Culture

ArtSite Africa
An online guide to the art of Africa. A searchable database of African art resources, including blogs, artists, museums, exhibits, events, sculpture and crafts.

The Short Century
An interdisciplinary exhibition linking historical documents with modernist and contemporary artistic standpoints, and confronts the creations of colonial and anti-colonial propaganda. Berlin and Munich.

Events and festivals *

Festivals and events listed by country.
Africa Guide

African Adventure Tour
Adventour. Find your African Safari whether it be in Namibia, Botswana or South Africa.

Dak’Art Biennial of Contemporary African Art, Senegal

Classical Art of Sub-Saharan Africa
A history with examples, from The World History of Art.

The Short Century
An interdisciplinary exhibition linking historical documents with modernist and contemporary artistic standpoints, and confronts the creations of colonial and anti-colonial propaganda. Berlin and Munich.

Mji wa Huruma village, Nairobi, Kenya: 
the first slum on the internet! Hamjambo!

Index on Africa
A comprehensive guide, searchable by country and subject, from The Norwegian Council for Africa. The Norwegian Council for Africa is a solidarity organisation which sees dissemination of information as its most important tool in its contribution towards justice and development in and for Africa.

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Adrinka symbols and meanings.

Adrinkra.Western African symbols and meanings.

Adinkra symbols, Wikipedia entry.

African Art Museum
On-line reference to the artistic styles of Africa. A collection of African tribal art featuring over 1,200 artifacts from 100 ethnic groups. Items on display include wooden and bronze statues, masks, religious, ritual and domestic objects, furniture and weapons.

The Africa Centre
Africa in the Heart of London. Text and images, dance and music.

The African Books Collective
African Books Collective, founded, owned and governed by African publishers, seeks to strengthen indigenous African publishing through collective action and to increase the visibility and accessibility of the wealth of African scholarship and culture.

Algeria *

Angola *

Angola. Angola Today. News and events.

Music in Angola. Artists and bands. 
Afromix.com

Art and Africa online. Tamarin
Links to African art web sites, online  African art gallery, contemporary African art.

Art and Life in Africa Project
African art and culture. Information for 27 Sub-Saharan African Countries. From the University of Iowa.

 

Art and crafts directories, portals, organizations *

African-Metropolis
Specializing in art and other African heritage web sites.

African Art on the Internet
A general web index from Stanford University.

African artists.
A curated collection of art links, databases, museums, art history, artists, galleries, publications; from Universes in Universe.

Art and Africa online. Tamarin
Links to African art web sites, online African art gallery, contemporary African art.

Art and Life in Africa Project
African art and culture. Information for 27 Sub-Saharan African Countries. From the University of Iowa.

Arts Council of the African Studies Association, ACASA
Established in 1982 as an independent non-profit professional association affiliated with the African Studies Association (ASA). On-line newsletter, awards and past recipients, etc.

Art Track
This auction aatabase offers by subscription, the auction records of African, Pre-Columbian, American Indian, and Oceanic art sold since 1980.

International Council of African Museums: AFRICOM
News and newsletter, activities, events gallery, resources and directory of museums in Africa. [English, French]

Museums Online South Africa
Museums Online South Africa (MOSA)? is an established heritage portal recognized both nationally and internationally.

National Museum of African Art

Skoto Gallery, New York
Skoto Gallery was established in 1992 as a space where some of the best works by African artists can be exhibited within the context of a diverse and totalized audience. As one of the first galleries specializing in contemporary African Art in New York City, it has been instrumental in the progression of this rapidly growing field.

Artslink
South Africa art news, reviews, art guide, chat and discussion.

Ashanti *

Ashanti, Wikipedia entry.

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Bearden. Romare. Romare Bearden
The Romare Bearden Foundation

Blogs *

African Art. Blogs, Pictures, and more on WordPress.

African art blog top list.
Articles about African art.

Robert-Goldwater-Library: A contemporary African art blog.

Art of Africa
An African art Blog leading to an African Art site.

Jacaranda Tribal African Art Blog. Information, Comments, Reviews …

Art Blogs and Online Art News
An art collecting resource for art collectors. African Art Blogs and Online News …

African Art Online Blog

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Ceramics *

Mukondeni, Arts and Crafts Gallery. 
Venda and Shangan art (potters, sculptures, musical instruments) with artist profiles.

Congo/Republique du Congo *

A New Vision for the Congo

Art of Congo. Congo Pages. Malachite and Copper artists.

The Congo Pages. An Introductionto Congolese Life and Culture.

History of the Democratic Republic of Congo

Contemporary African art *

Africancrafts.net
Guide to Contemporary African art. Gabon

African Contemporary Fine Arts (AFRUM)
Artists, galleries and projects.

African artists.
A curated collection of art links, databases, museums, art history, artists, galleries, publications; from Universes in Universe.

African Contemporary
Online gallery featuring contemporary African paintings, sculptures and ceramics.

Contemporary African Art Collection, CAACART
Collection of Jean Pigozzi. Artist biographies, images of their works, list of exhibitions, news reviews.

Dak’Art, La Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain

Osman Art. Merka Art Gallery
Paintings by Mohamed Buwe Osman, a native of Merka Somalia.

Crafts *

Crafts. African crafts and craftspeople. 

Africacrafts.com
A web site dedicated to bringing the arts and the artisans of Africa online. Online shops, craftspeople, artists, designers.

Ezakwantu
Central and Southern African Tribal Art

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David Krut Fine Arts, London, a promoter of African art.

Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa

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Ethiopa *

MESKOT literary page.

Ethiopian art, Wikipedia entry.

Ethnologue
Languages of Africa and the world.

Events *

Festivals and events listed by country.
Africa Guide

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Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. Artafrica
Artists from Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome e Principe and those resident in South Africa. biographical information, a list of exhibitions, awards, examples of the artists’ work. Based in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Galleries

Galerie Walu, Switzerland
Specialist gallery of African art. Selected images from present and past exhibitions.

Ezakwantu
Central and Southern African Tribal Art

Ghana *

Ashanti, Wikipedia entry.

Ashanti.com.au

Culture and heritage of Ghana. 
Heritage Access

El Anatsui

El Anatsui. Wikipedia
El Anatsui is the recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Biennale di Venezia Born in 1944 in Anyako, Ghana, and based at the university town Nsukka in Nigeria since 1975, El Anatsui is perhaps the most significant living African artist working on the continent today.

El Anatsui. Jack Shainman Gallery

Monumental Works by El Anatsui. Brooklyn Museum

Navrongo and Lawra – life in a small African village.Work, music, dance.

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Index on Africa
A comprehensive guide, searchable by country and subject.

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Kenya *

ArtMatters.Info
A Nairobi-based arts, culture, communications and media firm.

Kenya art and crafts online gallery.

Kuona Trust Centre for Visual Arts in Kenya

Nairobi

African-Art-Connection.com, Nairobi

National Museums of Kenya

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Makonde, East Africa *

The Hamburg Mawingu Collection
is a collection of modern Makonde art. In addition to sculptures of select wood carvers the fund contains numerous masks and paintings.

Mali/Republic of Mali/République du Mali *

Contemporary art from Mali. Malian artists.

Mali internet resources.

Musée National des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie, France

Timbuktu *

Timbuktu UNESCO World Heritage site. 
Home of the prestigious Koranic Sankore University and other madrasas, Timbuktu was an intellectual and spiritual capital and a centre for the propagation of Islam throughout Africa in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its three great mosques, Djingareyber, Sankore and Sidi Yahia, recall Timbuktu’s golden age. Although continuously restored, these monuments are today under threat from desertification.

The Islamic Legacy of Timbuktu. Islamic Arts and Architecture

Tombouctou Manuscripts Project
A South Africa-Mali Timbuktu Manuscripts Project was officially launched in 2003 and a major achievement of this project was the new library-archive building, which was inaugurated in Timbuktu in January 2009. The Tombouctou Manuscripts Project at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is dedicated to research various aspects of writing and reading the handwritten works of Timbuktu and beyond. Training young researchers is an integral part of its work.

Timbuktu’s ancient manuscripts to get a new digital existence. The Guardian

Ancient Manuscripts from the Desert Libraries of Timbuktu. The Library of Congresss

The Timbuktu Art Colony.

Wikipedia entry on Timbuktu.

Timbuktu-manuscripts-astronomy

Images of Timbuktu manuscripts.

Djingareiber cour
Cour de la mosquée de Djingareiber, Tombouctou

Museums, art museums in Africa *

The British Museum’s African art collection.

International Council of African Museums: AFRICOM
News and newsletter, activities, events gallery, resources and directory of museums in Africa. (English, French)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s African art collection.

Musée National des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie, France

Museums Online South Africa
Museums Online South Africa (MOSA) is an established heritage portal recognized both nationally and internationally.

Museum of African Art, Belgrade

Natal Museum
South Africa

National Museum of African Art

North American African art and history museums.

Royal Museum for Central Africa

Stanford University webpage directory for African art museums and African art websites.

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Namibia *

National Art Gallery of Namibia
Collections of Namibian and African as well as European Art. Regular exhibitions from the permanent collection and temporary shows.

The Bushman Art Gallery

National Museum of African Art

News feeds. All Africa.com
News from African states, from Algeria and Angola to Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Nigeria *

Nigeria: an arts overview. Mask sculpture, Yoruba.

Nike Centre for Art and Culture, Nigeria

G. I. Jones Photographic Archive of Southeastern Nigerian Art and Culture
This site is a research resource. It was designed to make these photographs available to people who have a personal or professional interest in the art of Southeastern Nigeria.

Yoruba Art and Akan Goldweights, Cutting to the Essence, Shaping for the Fire
On-line catalogue of an exhibit of Yoruba art and Akan goldweights held at the Lakeview Museum, Peoria, Illinois in 1994.

Yoruba Potters: Mothers and Daughters

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Revue Noire
Contemporary art magazine for the African diaspora.

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Sculpture *

African Sculptural Art (African Votive Sculpture) 
Papers by H.E.Roese, Ph.D.

African Sculpture
African Studies Center

Somalia *

Osman Art. Merka Art Gallery
Paintings by Mohamed Buwe Osman, a native of Merka Somalia.

Stanford University African Art Collection

Sub-Saharan African art, an exhibition,
Emory University. African art essays.

South Africa *

See: South African art, a list of websites.

Sudan *

Contemporary Sudanese artists.

Sudan websites. African Studies Centre

Hassan Musa

Kamala Ibrahim

Swaziland *

Yebo
Yebo! Art &Design – the first contemporary art gallery and art centre in Swaziland.

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Tanzania *

Lilanga, George. George Lilanga
the website of the well-known Tanzania painter and sculptor.

Uganda *

Uganda. A general information portal for Uganda,

Uganda history and culture portal. 
My Uganda.com

Kibuuka.com Virtual Art Gallery
Paintings of Ugandan artist, David Kibuuka.

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Yoruba and Akan Art in Wood and Metal, Africa.
Extensive resources on the lost wax process, wood carving and metalwork.

Zambia *

Zambia news updates.  
All Africa.com.

Zambia Tourism Portal

Zanzibar *

Zanzibar Travel Network. A tourist guide.

Zimbabwe *

African Fine Art: Shona Stone Sculpture
Shona-African-Sculptures.com provides hope to Shone stone carvers in Zimbabwe, Africa through charitable donations and actions. Browse the finest collection of Shona stone sculptures in the world with Muvezi.

Zimbabwe
A gallery of sculpture from African Art. In German.

Maviyane-Davies, Chaz. Chaz Maviyane-Davies
Zimbabwe design consultant, poster artist and filmmaker.



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