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The best art books for summer 2022—as recommended by artists, curators, museum directors and dealers.

August 2022.

Araba Opoku, artist.
What Artists Wear (2021, Penguin) by Charlie Porter
Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama (2020, Tate) by Yayoi Kusama (translated by Ralph McCarthy)
“Clothes to me are like horoscopes—with an artist’s choice of clothes you can deduce, to some extent, their personality. The extensive dissection of the art and the artist, through the clothes we wear, is a topic that [has so far been] lightly touched on or hidden. I’m obsessed with...more


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Speculators Win Big With Bets on Young Artists

February 2022.

“There are lots of people coming to Ghana trying to work with artists,” said Selasie Gomado, the founder of Artemartis, who acts as a dealer and a manager for the collective. “We teach them the importance of contractual agreements, so they can have long-lasting, sustainable careers. An artist can get a lot of attention and then at the end of the day end up with nothing.”...more

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Phillips taps into demand for contemporary Ghanaian art with selling exhibition.

January 2022.

Responding to the ever-growing appetite for contemporary African art, Phillips auction house in London is offering 18 works by six emerging Ghanaian artists in a private selling exhibition.

The exhibition, Birds of a Feather, will be on display at the Phillips’ Berkeley Square headquarters next month, from 1 to 10 February. The artists exhibited are: Awanle Ayiboro Hawa Ali, Courage Hunke, James Mishio, Araba Opoku, Abdur Rahman Muhammed and Kwaku Yaro.

The show and sale is organised in collaboration with the Ghanaian company Artemartis. “This initiative will serve as an inspiration to many artists in the country, as well as the continent of Africa as a whole, says Selasie Gomado, the founder of Artemartis, which is described online as an “art agency and collective” whose services include artist representation, artist management and a dealership...more


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Works by Six Ghanaian Artists to Be Showcased at Phillips London.

January 2022.

Works by six young emerging artists from Ghana will be featured in a private selling exhibition at Phillips London for 10 days starting Tuesday.

The artists, all born in the late 1990s, include Awanle Ayiboro Hawa Ali, Courage Hunke, James Mishio, Araba Opoku, Abdur Rahman Muhammed, and Kwaku Yaro. Each will contribute three works, ranging from portraiture, abstract painting, and collage.

“These artists have long worked together, supported one another and formed a sense of community and togetherness,” says Selasie Gomado of Artemartis, a Ghana-based art collective and agency that is collaborating with Phillips on this exhibition.

Their relationship inspired the title of the exhibition, “Birds of a Feather,” which pays homage to the popular saying “birds of a feather flock together,” Gomado says...more


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Phillips, in collaboration with Artemartis, is pleased to announce Birds of a Feather, a survey of contemporary art in Ghana. Showcasing 18 works by six rising young stars, the private selling exhibition will go on show at 30 Berkeley Square from 1 to 10 February 2022.

January 2022.

Miety Heiden, Deputy Chairwoman and Head of Private Sales, said,

“Phillips is honoured to collaborate with Artemartis, who provide incredible support to some of Ghana’s young emerging artists, growing their practice and elevating their voices to an international audience. These artists challenge the status quo, each in their own way, presenting powerful themes and diverse narratives that are sending shockwaves through their country’s cultural scene. Their work comes together here in London for the first time, forming a unique show that should not be missed.”...more


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‘We Sell for the Same Prices Here That We Sell at Basel’: Nigerian Collectors Hunt for West Africa’s Next Art Stars at Art X Lagos

November 2021.

One buzzed-about artist was the Ghanaian Araba Opoku, whose dreamy abstract paintings reference the challenges in Ghana over the lack of water. Opoku is the first recipient of the Yaa Asantewaa Art Prize for women staged by Gallery 1957, and two of her large paintings...more

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Beyond Amoako Boafo: The Next Emerging Names You Need to Know in Accra, Ghana’s Rapidly Accelerating Art Hub - Artnet News Pro.

September 2021.


All eyes are on Accra, the capital of the small West African nation of Ghana, where a vibrant art scene is on the rise. Quickly becoming one of the African continent’s main hubs for contemporary art, the equatorial port city now hosts a growing generation of young artists, many inspired by the global success of the country’s biggest stars, such as Amoako Boafo and Ibrahim Mahama. Most of these rising stars work in portraiture and large abstract figurative paintings, portraying the powerful faces and figures of West African men and women, some easily identifiable while others are anonymous persons taken from magazine clippings or Instagram. Here, we scout out seven of the most-sought after emerging artists working in Accra today...more


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Find Yourself “A Seat At The Table.” Conversation with Ghanaian Contemporary painter, Joshua Oheneba-Takyi  - Morebranches.

August 2021.

Oheneba describes himself as having always been creative, “I didn’t always know I wanted to be an artist but I have always made art. After high school, I started to believe I wanted to do it full time but I still wasn’t sure.

Like many young Africans, Oheneba experienced the pressure of going the traditional route: go to school, find a job etc. Still, after studying construction at university and experiencing...more


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Inside the Accra Art Boom - Artnet News Pro.
July 2021.


“I am trying to help the younger artists,” Selasi Gomado, 25, another Ghanaian dealer and artist manager, as he prefers to call himself, told Artnet News. Growing up he wanted to be an artist, but was encouraged by his family to study engineering. In March 2018 he set up Artemartis...more

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