Contemporary African Art


A general category for post-1970 work by artists from Africa. Contemporary African artists who grew up in the 1960s and '70s experienced a period of substantial change and upheaval, as many African nations declared independence from their colonial rulers. Drawing on these histories and looking at life in a post-colonial era, these artists have dealt with a range of issues—such as national identity, economic disparity, and public health—in a wide array of styles and mediums.

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