The birth of a Contemporary African art market
Contemporary Art | In 1989, Les Magiciens de la terre was presented at the Grandes Halles de la Villette and the Centre Pompidou, triggering a strong polemic in the art world; it was the first time an exhibition welcomed unknown artists from all continents while trying to avoid any post-colonial influence.
Of one hundred artists who participated, sixteen were African, including Frédéric Bruly Bouabré and Chéri Samba; who worked side by side with artists from the Western avant-garde. The gathering seemed to recreate in a poetic way ‘the global village’ concept described in 1967 by Canadian sociologist Herbert Marshall McLuhan, while anticipating the globalized art market in the frame of a pioneering exhibition.
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