A Growing Contemporary African Art - Adapted from D. Jenkins

One thing that has been positive to Africa from globalization is the combining of unique facets of various cultures around the world. The fact of this global movement has greatly altered the contemporary African art scene, making today's representations of the awesome continent, its nature and residents, to brand new and illuminating situations. Contemporary African artists try to make light of this globalization by integrating them within their older traditions or by trying to replicate their real experience or circumstance within their African artwork.

Contemporary African artists deal with the modern world in both good and bad terms. Locating the contemporary African artists’ being based on country or tribe has been a normal way to describe them. But some African artists like this kind of identification. It works for them to get attention, while others would be glad to be rid of it. Saying that "I have African roots" can be taken as prideful in some cases, which is not a bother to most people hearing or saying it. Others want to break out of their African roots and become part of the global world, hoping that they will become more easily accepted in contemporary art. But non-African based stereotypes are hard to avoid, for how could one hide their accent? Some African artists would rather avoid the the presuppositions that come with the interpretation of contemporary African art.

Can today's Contemporary art culture learn from the African artist? Of course, but it is dependent on who is doing the learning. Though stereotypes still exist, there is an expanding lean towards selling and exhibiting contemporary African Art. The collector and the public at large are buying the uplifting, bright paintings, sculptures and computerized art. These contemporary art collections bring excitement and profitable rewards, while giving many the home a modern color touch and feel.

Our new century has been with us for over a decade now and African art is beginning to gain the recognition and place it has earned since many years ago. Thus, African contemporary art should not be tossed into some odd sub-category, but be acknowledged instead for its level of class, sophistication, and growing appeal. For these contemporary African artworks, and that is what they are, are being made by a group of sophisticated, classy, and smart art community that is beginning to show up in all corners of the Earth.