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We are thrilled to see Leo Mativo‘s current exhibition “Buried Butterflies“ featured in the latest edition of art news A...
12/16/2023

We are thrilled to see Leo Mativo‘s current exhibition “Buried Butterflies“ featured in the latest edition of art news Africa. Be sure to visit the exhibition before it closes if you are in New York for the holidays.

Leo Mativo’s “White Tiara,” Oil on Canvas, 79cm x 96cm.Be sure to visit Leo Mativo’s ongoing exhibition “Buried Butterfl...
12/16/2023

Leo Mativo’s “White Tiara,” Oil on Canvas, 79cm x 96cm.

Be sure to visit Leo Mativo’s ongoing exhibition “Buried Butterflies” at our NYC location this holiday!

Leo Mativo’s haunting and introspection canvases remind us of the superimposed cages and structures we place upon the so...
11/29/2023

Leo Mativo’s haunting and introspection canvases remind us of the superimposed cages and structures we place upon the soul. Be sure to see his tactile works in person as part of his ongoing exhibition “Buried Butterflies” through December 23rd.

Left: Open Door, Oil on Canvas, 100cm x 150cm.

Right: Two Heads with many Voices, Oil on Canvas, 75cm x 100cm

Making plans for the cold winter ahead? We have two spots open left for our South Africa Journey this coming February, w...
11/13/2023

Making plans for the cold winter ahead? We have two spots open left for our South Africa Journey this coming February, where guests will be granted a behind the scenes look at the exciting South African contemporary art scene amidst the beauty of one of our favorite countries. Guests will spend time visiting Cape Town with private curated talks, seeing museums and artist studios, wine tasting and art viewing in Stellenbosch, and a stay in a stunning private nature reserve in Sabi Sands, all followed by the Cape Town Art Fair.

Be sure to DM or email [email protected] for more info and to reserve one of the last spots!

We are thrilled to announce the opening of Kenyan artist Leo Mativo's first solo exhibition in New York City entitled BU...
11/01/2023

We are thrilled to announce the opening of Kenyan artist Leo Mativo's first solo exhibition in New York City entitled BURIED BUTTERFLIES, a selection of nine immersive oil on canvas works. This exhibition will be on view from November 9th through December 23rd, 2023 at our Chelsea location on 26th Street.

BURIED BUTTERFLIES embodies a journey into the intricate dance between chaos and order, as experienced within the internal landscapes of our lives. Through these captivating pieces, Mativo masterfully explores a spectrum of emotional states, thoughts, and experiences pertinent to contemporary existence. He invites viewers into a realm of self-awareness and contemplation, fostering a connection with the very essence of being alive.

The artist's process is as intimate as the subjects he depicts. Using fingertips, brushes, and a variety of unconventional objects, Mativo delves into themes of recollection, change, and transformation. The layers and textures of oil paint serve as metaphors for the concealed realities buried within our physical being. These marks and impressions represent a myriad of thoughts and emotional sensations, lying dormant on the canvas, awaiting discovery.

Mativo's abstracted figures transcend their roles as subjects; they become portals into the contemplative depths of our souls. His work is a delicate balance of vitality and vulnerability, weaving layers of paint into a narrative that speaks to the multifaceted and complex nature of our existence.

Be sure to join us next Thursday for the opening of his first solo exhibition in New York City, from 6-8pm.

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Be sure to stop by this week to see the works of Jess Atieno () before the exhibition closes on October 28th. Her stunni...
10/25/2023

Be sure to stop by this week to see the works of Jess Atieno () before the exhibition closes on October 28th.

Her stunning Jacquard tapestries blend the historic and the contemporary, redefining the use of imagery and fabric in bold and profound ways.

We are thrilled to announce that Wole Lagunju’s “Comfortable in my Own Skin” has been acquired for the permanent collect...
10/12/2023

We are thrilled to announce that Wole Lagunju’s “Comfortable in my Own Skin” has been acquired for the permanent collection of the United States Art in Embassy collection. The work will feature prominently in the new U.S. Consulate being constructed in Lagos, Nigeria.

Congratulations to and so thrilled to be a part of this important collection showcasing some of the most exciting talent from around the world.

Be sure to check out new works from Marc Standing  in the new group exhibition in London, Expressions of Judaism curated...
10/06/2023

Be sure to check out new works from Marc Standing in the new group exhibition in London, Expressions of Judaism curated by .

Marc Standing is a Jewish, Zimbabwean LGBTQ artist currently based in London. His practice deals with a variety of personal issues, namely his migratory history with deep roots in Zimbabwe and his resulting journey from Africa to Asia and Europe, leaving an indelible mark on his practice as he seeks to understand his place in the greater universe.

Be sure to visit the exhibition at Kent House Knightsbridge through October 23.

Africa Supernova** at Kunsthal KAdE opens tonight!Delighted to announce the opening tonight of a sensational exhibition ...
09/23/2023

Africa Supernova** at Kunsthal KAdE opens tonight!

Delighted to announce the opening tonight of a sensational exhibition that presents a vivid cross section of contemporary African art - thanks to the cherished collection of Carla & Pieter Schulting.

Spanning 170 artworks by 154 artists from 33 African countries and the African diaspora, this anthology spotlights the burgeoning art scene across the continent. The showcase encompasses regions from South Africa to North Africa and emphasizes the young, vibrant talent of artists mostly in their thirties.

Special shout-out to our remarkable artists, Miska Mohmmed (.art) and Wole Lagunju () whose works epitomize the essence and potential of African artistry.

As aptly titled by Nigerian curator, Azu Nwagbogu, "Africa Supernova" reflects the explosive creativity emerging from the African continent, challenging the global art narrative with poise and magnitude.

📆 Exhibition runs from September 24, 2023, to January 7, 2024.
📍 Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands.


A sneak peak for tonight!Join us tonight from 6-8pm for the debut of Jess Atieno's () latest body of work. Atieno, haili...
09/07/2023

A sneak peak for tonight!

Join us tonight from 6-8pm for the debut of Jess Atieno's () latest body of work. Atieno, hailing from Nairobi and educated both at the Asiko School of Art in Lagos and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, brings forth a deeply introspective examination of post-colonial representation.

Her exhibition challenges traditional visual mediums, urging viewers to question the veracity and limitations of the captured image. Through the Swahili "Leso" fabric, Atieno deftly navigates the boundaries of representation and identity. This cultural tapestry serves as a conduit to reclaim and redefine narratives often lost or misrepresented.

Rooted in the rich tradition of the East African "Leso"—with its multifaceted designs and poignant proverbs (ujumbe)—Atieno's work bridges history and contemporary discourse, inviting a critical reevaluation of how identity is portrayed and perceived.

Jess Atieno “Of Land, Body, and Water”Opening Reception: Thursday, September 7th, 6-8pmSeptember 7 - October 21, 2023Mon...
09/01/2023

Jess Atieno
“Of Land, Body, and Water”
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 7th, 6-8pm
September 7 - October 21, 2023

Montague Contemporary is delighted to present "Of Land, Body, and Water,” our first solo exhibition of Kenyan artist Jess Atieno.

Her latest body of work results in a complex and nuanced exhibition that offers viewers an immersive journey into the duality of representation in the post-colonial context. Jess Atieno offers a fresh lens on African identity by probing the transient nature of visual imagery and how representation eludes photographic capture.

This initial component of the exhibition grapples with the limitations of visual mediums in truly capturing the essence and complexity of the subjects they intend to represent. The artworks therefore invite viewers to question and reconsider conventional means of representation, challenging the objective gaze of the camera and the assumptions it often perpetuates.

Concurrently, the exhibition explores the possibilities of reclaiming this representation, rooted in the transformative potential of the Swahili "Leso" fabrics, also known as khanga. Atieno views the leso/khanga as a metaphor for "reclaiming representation through iconography and remediation. The artist employs the leso’s rich cultural tapestry to frame historical subjects in a way that empowers and reclaims their identity and representation.

The leso, a fabric deeply embedded in East African life and history, becomes an articulate narrative medium in Atieno's hands. Its multifaceted designs and proverbs (ujumbe) offer an avenue for interpersonal communication, particularly for women, in cultures that might otherwise restrain their voices. Atieno utilizes these core design aspects of the leso—*ujumbe*, *pindo*, and *mji*—to elevate her artistic narrative.

For more details or press inquiries, please contact the Gallery at +1-917-495-3865 or [email protected]

Thrilled for both  and  as their group show Common Ground is open through September 23th
08/03/2023

Thrilled for both and as their group show Common Ground is open through September 23th

We are pleased to announce a seminal exhibition celebrating Contemporary African photography, “A World in Common: Contem...
07/26/2023

We are pleased to announce a seminal exhibition celebrating Contemporary African photography, “A World in Common: Contemporary African Photography,” now open at the Tate Modern.

This thoughtful assembly brings together African artists of diverse generations, among them, the esteemed Zina Saro-Wiwa, an artist whose body of work uniquely reframes Nigeria’s multifaceted cultures and histories.

The profound exhibition, a sampling of 36 artists curated by Osei Bonsu, elegantly weaves narratives of spirituality, identity, urbanism, and climate change. The audience will find themselves journeying through ethereal utopias and vivid urban landscapes, all from the unique viewpoints of the selected artists.

As aptly expressed by Laura Cu***ng of the Guardian, "This is a terrific exhibition. Organised with so much insight, intelligence and sympathy by Osei Bonsu, Tate Modern’s curator of international art... So many visions of such an unimaginably vast continent are united, here and there, in microcosmic detail."

From spanning Africa's diverse landscapes and borders, to seamlessly merging past and future, this exhibition underscores the transformative power of photography.

Be sure to visit the Tate Modern to experience first hand these intricately crafted visual narratives that traverse time and space, unveiling the richness of Africa's historical and contemporary tapestry.

“A World in Common” runs through January 14, 2024.

Marc Standing’s “Land’s End” remains up for the month of July, be sure to stop by and see these mesmerizing mindscapes i...
07/07/2023

Marc Standing’s “Land’s End” remains up for the month of July, be sure to stop by and see these mesmerizing mindscapes in person.

Land’s End runs through July 31st.

Marc Standing's works are in many ways representative of his personal and artistic journey. Inspired by his years abroad...
06/09/2023

Marc Standing's works are in many ways representative of his personal and artistic journey. Inspired by his years abroad from his native Zimbabwe, we see influences from his time in Australia to the vibrant, detailed flourish from his time based in Hong Kong. His latest work has evolved to draw awareness back to his origin story, incorporating the flora and fauna of the continent - part of a fantastic and organic journey of trying to find one's place in the world.

Be sure to stop by this weekend now that the smog has dissipated!

Land’s End runs through June 24th.

Please join us to celebrate the world premiere of “Between the Rains” at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival. Documenting the...
06/01/2023

Please join us to celebrate the world premiere of “Between the Rains” at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival.

Documenting the Turkana-Ngaremara community as they contend with prolonged drought, this visually stunning coming-of-age story follows a young, orphaned man’s journey to adapt to radically changing climate conditions in Northern Kenya.

Be sure to join the film screening on June 10th:

Time: 5:45-7:15 pm (followed by Q+A with filmmakers)

Location: AMC 19th St, East 6, New York, NY

Afterparty:

Time: 8:00 - 10:00 pm

Location: Montague Contemporary, 526 West 26th St, 4th Floor, New York, NY

We are thrilled to partner with the Between the Rains team to highlight the impact of climate change in Northern Kenya and are offering free tickets to the screening for the first 6 people who RSVP to [email protected]. Tickets can be purchased at tribecafilm.com (link in bio) and guarantee access to the afterparty.

https://tribecafilm.com/films/between-the-rains-2023

Be sure to stop by and see the stunning new solo exhibition “Land’s End” featuring new works from Zimbabwean-British art...
05/19/2023

Be sure to stop by and see the stunning new solo exhibition “Land’s End” featuring new works from Zimbabwean-British artist Marc Standing, open to the public through Saturday, June 24th.

In the words of GQ Magazine: “The work of Zimbabwe-born artist Marc Standing defies easy categorisation. His paintings harness abstraction, figuration and surrealism and never quite reveal all their secrets. They are enigmas that need to be seen – and felt – for oneself.”

Land’s End runs through June 24th.

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Alongside stunning works from over 300 years of African creators, we will be featuring contemporary works from both Marc...
05/18/2023

Alongside stunning works from over 300 years of African creators, we will be featuring contemporary works from both Marc Standing and Beatrice Wanjiku.

Featured above is a gorgeous work from Marc Standing, part of a recent series "Land’s End" which marks a new era in Standing’s oeuvre - building from his experience returning to his homeland and the powerful works created during this time to contrast the delicate with the bold.

Whilst elements of the terracotta tones are still present, new colors start to emerge as Standing experiments with blue - a color never before seen within his works which summons the weightlessness and freedom of the sky, and the unknown depths of the ocean.

Opening reception is tonight from 6-9pm at Cole Harrell Fine Art, RSVP via DM for more details.

Tonight we open our second iteration of PAST IS PROLOGUE, featuring 300 years of African art. After the success of our i...
05/18/2023

Tonight we open our second iteration of PAST IS PROLOGUE, featuring 300 years of African art.

After the success of our inaugural 2022 program PAST IS PROLOGUE, we are delighted to continue our partnership with Cole Harrell to present PAST IS PROLOGUE II, a continued dialogue between classical African sculpture and contemporary works by today's leading African artists. We are proud to be premiering works by painters Beatrice Wanjiku and Marc Standing, as well as several fresh-to-market classical objects, including an important Songye Nkisi community power figure (never before seen and carbon dated to the late 18th century) and a beautiful Byeri head from the Fang culture of Gabon.

Featured a rare work from Beatrice Wanjiku never before shown in the US.

Reception: May 18th, 6-9pm

Harrell Fine Art is open by appointment, Tuesday-Thursday

DM to RSVP or for inquiries.

Thrilled to share that Thameur Mejri is currently on view at La Boverie Museum in Liège, Belgium.Curated by Yves Randaxh...
05/17/2023

Thrilled to share that Thameur Mejri is currently on view at La Boverie Museum in Liège, Belgium.

Curated by Yves Randaxhe, the exhibition, takes the visitor on a journey through five decades of plastic creation, comparing artists of international stature with creators from our region, as the collectors do themselves, in an exceptional dialogue with the works chosen from the permanent collections.

Mejri’s work will be part of the exhibition alongside artists such as
Pierre Alechinsky, Francis Alys, Charlotte Beaudry, Christian Boltanski, Daniel Buren, Jacques Charlier, Patrick Corillon, Michael Dans, Marlene Dumas, Jan Fabre, Michel François, Simon Hantaï, Shirley Jaffe, Bertrand Lavier, Barbara et Michael Leisgen, Sol LeWitt, Jacques Lizène, Bernd Lohaus, Messieurs Delmotte, Giorgio Morandi, Herman Nitsch, Giulio Paolini, Philippe Ramette, Niki de St Phalle, Charles-Henry Sommelette, Walter Swennen, Philippe Vandenberg, Léon Wuidar and many others.

The exhibition runs through August 13, 2023.

Thank you everyone for showing up to celebrate Marc Standing’s first solo exhibition in New York City. With a line out t...
05/16/2023

Thank you everyone for showing up to celebrate Marc Standing’s first solo exhibition in New York City. With a line out the door, it was our biggest turn out yet and so grateful for the love and support.

Be sure to stop by to see the stunning new works from Marc Standing this week during and - his unique abstractions recall his personal journey across the world while remaining deeply rooted in his Zimbabwean upbringing.

The exhibition Land’s Wnd runs through June 24th. DM for inquiries or email at [email protected]

We are thrilled to officially open our latest exhibition, Marc Standing’s “Land’s End” to the general public.Wrapped up ...
05/13/2023

We are thrilled to officially open our latest exhibition, Marc Standing’s “Land’s End” to the general public.

Wrapped up in his identity and tied to a strong sense of place, Standing’s work is a rich tapestry of his Zimbabwean upbringing and his wandering nature as both a global nomad and part of the African diaspora. It is through this new body of mixed media works, that Standing weaves together elements of folklore, materials and the colour palettes inspired by his travels, whilst remaining firmly grounded in his African heritage.

The resulting collection is an extension and reflection of self, heavily inspired by his return to Africa in early 2021 - where he spent time in both Kenya and Rwanda - which had a deeply profound impact on both himself as an artist and on his practice as a whole.

"Land’s End" marks a new era in Standing’s oeuvre - building from his experience returning to his homeland and the powerful works created during this time to contrast the delicate with the bold. Whilst elements of the terracotta tones are still present, new colors start to emerge as Standing experiments with blue - a color never before seen within his works which summons the weightlessness and freedom of the sky, and the unknown depths of the ocean.

The exhibition will run from May 11-June 24th, 2023.

Montague Contemporary is pleased to announce "Land’s End" (11 May – 24 June 2023), the forthcoming solo exhibition by Zi...
05/03/2023

Montague Contemporary is pleased to announce "Land’s End" (11 May – 24 June 2023), the forthcoming solo exhibition by Zimbabwean artist Marc Standing and his debut solo exhibition in New York.

Please join us for the opening reception on May 11th, from 6-8pm. RSVP via email at [email protected].

Wrapped up in his identity and tied to a strong sense of place, Standing’s work is a rich tapestry of his Zimbabwean upbringing and his wandering nature as both a global nomad and part of the African diaspora. It is through this new body of mixed media works, that Standing weaves together elements of folklore, materials and the colour palettes inspired by his travels, whilst remaining firmly grounded in his African heritage.

The resulting collection is an extension and reflection of self, heavily inspired by his return to Africa in early 2021 - where he spent time in both Kenya and Rwanda - which had a deeply profound impact on both himself as an artist and on his practice as a whole.

"Land’s End" marks a new era in Standing’s oeuvre - building from his experience returning to his homeland and the powerful works created during this time to contrast the delicate with the bold. Whilst elements of the terracotta tones are still present, new colors start to emerge as Standing experiments with blue - a color never before seen within his works which summons the weightlessness and freedom of the sky, and the unknown depths of the ocean.

We are thrilled to announce that Marc Standing’s “Born Beneath the Sea” has been selected to be on display at the Rockef...
05/02/2023

We are thrilled to announce that Marc Standing’s “Born Beneath the Sea” has been selected to be on display at the Rockefeller Foundation’s headquarters in New York City.

Be sure to visit the newly installed Rockefeller Foundation Permanent Collection in person at their HQ or via the link in the bio.

Congratulations Marc Standing!

We are thrilled to announce that Jess Atieno’s “The Weight of Whispers” has been selected to be on display at the Rockef...
05/01/2023

We are thrilled to announce that Jess Atieno’s “The Weight of Whispers” has been selected to be on display at the Rockefeller Foundation’s headquarters in New York City.

Be sure to visit the newly installed Rockefeller Foundation Permanent Collection in person at their HQ or via the link in the bio.

Congratulations Jess Atieno!

It’s the last weekend for our ongoing exhibition “African Abstraction II” at our Chelsea gallery space.Stop by Today-Sat...
04/27/2023

It’s the last weekend for our ongoing exhibition “African Abstraction II” at our Chelsea gallery space.

Stop by Today-Saturday to catch a glimpse of some of the most radiant contemporary abstract works of art - all from across the African continent and diaspora.

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Awesome to be featured in  as showing one of the top 10 standout artworks this year at ! The artwork:  Wole Lagunju’s “M...
04/19/2023

Awesome to be featured in as showing one of the top 10 standout artworks this year at ! The artwork: Wole Lagunju’s “Ma Fo (Don’t Be Intimidated).

In the words of writer Paul Laster:

“Born in Nigeria and now based in North Carolina, Wole Lagunju mixes figures from fashion and art with Nigerian cultural motifs in his stylish paintings and works on paper. Employing Yoruba design patterns and cultural references, the insightful artist creates Afrofuturist art by mining the past for what still has resonance in the present. The six new canvases exhibited in his solo show at Montague Contemporary’s booth presented dynamic black male models wearing Gelede headdresses used by male dancers to play female parts in masquerade and other striking figures in patterned outfits, which seem to merge with their backgrounds. In his multi-layered painting Ma Fo (Don’t Be Intimidated), the bird and plant motifs on a sharply dressed black man’s shirt reflects the flora and fauna on the wallpaper behind him, as if to express that the symbols of the past continue to shape the identity of African men today. The artist was awarded the Northern Trust Purchase Prize at this year’s fair—leading to the acquisition of one of his paintings by the St. Louis Art Museum.”

Congrats to

It’s our last day at  today showing the fabulous paintings of  alongside some rare and gorgeous Obe Crowns.Still reeling...
04/16/2023

It’s our last day at today showing the fabulous paintings of alongside some rare and gorgeous Obe Crowns.

Still reeling from receiving the Northern Trust Purchase Prize and acquisition from the St. Louis Art Museum - bravo !

Be sure to stop by today before 6pm.

We’re thrilled to announce that Wole Lagunju  has been awarded the Northern Trust Purchase Prize at this year’s EXPO Chi...
04/15/2023

We’re thrilled to announce that Wole Lagunju has been awarded the Northern Trust Purchase Prize at this year’s EXPO Chicago art fair .

His work, “Irawo II”, has been acquired by the St. Louis Art Museum for their permanent collection.

Celebrating Wole Lagunju’s  Purchase Prize    with the inimitable  and
04/14/2023

Celebrating Wole Lagunju’s Purchase Prize with the inimitable and

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