African Reflections: Speaking Through Art
Contemporary Artis'ts Responses to African Art
San Francisco Black History Month Kickoff 2010
Africa is the world's second-largest and second most populous continent, after Asia. With 1.0 billion people (as of 2009) in 54 countries, it accounts for 14.2% of the world's human population. African is three times larger than the United States including Alaska.
African art is extremely diverse, extraordinary vigorous and shows a brilliant sense of form. The aesthetic impact that African Art has had upon the development of twentieth-century Western art, on Picasso, Derain, Braque and Mogdiglani among others, of these objects transcend their culture of origin to be of fundamental impact and influence on the universal culture of our time. It is in this context that the exhibit explores this rich cultural legacy of art as seen through the eyes of the local Bay Area diaspora.
The exhibit showcases the response of local bay area Africa American artists to the powerful forms, complex symbolism and formal inventiveness so indicative of traditional African Art.