CORA plans Arts Stampede for Onobrakpeya at 80

Posted: August 23, 2012 in arts/culture

Art advocacy group, the Committee For Relevant Art (CORA) is leveraging on the Bruce Onobrakpeya at 80 programme to line up an art stampede that is expected to examine emerging trends in Visual Arts Documentation.  Bruce Onobrakpeya was cited by the art historian Dele Jegede, in the 90s, as the most published and publicized artist in Nigeria.

After spending considerable time and effort publishing coffee table books about his own art, he attracted international scholars who stepped in and rigorously documented him in beautifully laid out and bound coffee table books. Now that “tendency” is gaining momentum.

Thirty years ago, the debate among the Lagos arthouse crowd was that exhibition brochures were so poorly produced that critics and reporters could not use the pictures to make sense of the works they were supposed to represent. Today, the Nigerian art scene has largely solved that problem and seemingly moved to bigger things: producing fat, thoughtful, coffee table books on art that reside in private spaces in the country.

The stampede titled; From Brochure To Books, Emerging Trend In Visual Art Documentation, which is scheduled for this Sunday, August 26, at the Kongi’s Harvest, Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos, will feature panellists, some of them collectors, some co-producers of such new books, to discuss the challenging process of production.

Some of the books for discussion at the parley would include: Making History, African Collectors and The Canon Of African Art by Sylvester Ogbechie; Nigerian Artistry, by Pat Oyelola; New Trees In Old Forests; Contemporary Nigerian Art in Lagos Private Collections, edited by Jess Castellote; The Architecture Of Demas Nwoko, by Farafina Books; Ben Enwonwu: The Making of an African Modernist, by Sylvester Ogbechie.

According to CORA facilitator, Mr. Jahman O. Anikulapo, the discussion will be used as a peg to look at prospects of documenting arts generally in other format like film and audio.

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