With in-depth access to some of the world's most collectable artists, The Africa Channel (Sky 209, Virgin 828) presents a unique and insightful view of contemporary African art.
Taking the viewer on a visually stunning journey across the globe, African Masters reveals the story behind the African art scene, through revealing interviews on location with world-renowned artists including El Anatsui, Yinka Shonibare and Yusuf Grillo and key players in the art world like André Magnin (French Curator and Art Dealer) and Bisi Silva (Curator at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Lagos).
This new 6-part series created by The Africa Channel shows how this vibrant art scene is emerging as a dynamic global force, visiting studios in Senegal, galleries in New York, artistic residencies in Nigeria and auction houses in London. Following a flurry of major exhibitions (like African Art, New York, the Avant-Garde, MOMA and Exploring Hidden Histories at the V&A, London), African Masters brings to television for the first time the in-depth and exciting story of this burgeoning Arts space.
African Masters is accessible to a wide audience, engaging both newcomers to the subject and art buffs alike. This Africa Channel production was shot on location in Nigeria, Senegal, Benin, Kenya, South Africa, UK, USA and France.
In episode 1, Revelations, curators from the V&A and the Metropolitan Museum in New York trace the historical journey of African art, revealing how artworks were often viewed through the prism of colonialism. Internationally renowned South African artist William Kentridge and Beninese artist Romuald Hazoumé discuss what it means to be an African artist. Yinka Shonibare MBE declares: 'It is ambiguity that I absolutely enjoy, not fulfilling people's desire of what an African artist is.'
Weekly, starting Tuesday 4th June at 9pm
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