Latest News in African American Art: Smithsonian Acquires Arthur Jafa’s ‘Love is the Message,’ Kapwani Kiwanga Wins…

“Love is the Message, The Message is Death” (2016) by Arthur Jafa was acquired by the Smithsonian


The following review of the past week or so presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related culture:



A new report requested by French President Emmanuel Macron outlines proposals for repatriating African cultural objects. The report by scholars Bénédicte Savoy of France and Felwine Sarr of Senegal, recommends “that objects that were removed and sent to mainland France without the consent of their countries of origin be permanently returned—if the country of origin asks for them.”

Grenada has selected four artists to represent the nation in its third appearance at the Venice Biennale next year. Based on the theme, “Epic Memory,”…

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