|Posted by jahman Anikulapo on August 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM|
The top, open air floor of Kongi’s Harvest Gallery, with a grand view of the Freedom Park and parts of central Lagos, is the venue for the Art Stampede for Bruce Onobrakpeya at 80.
The event , set for 2pm on Sunday August 26, is the second on the scheduled list of activities commemorating the 80th birthday anniversary of the printmaker and patriarch of all of Nigeria’s culture producers. The Stampede is to interrogate the new consciousness in visual art documentation in the country.
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. The Nigerian art scene, today, sort of routinely produces fat, thoughtful, coffee table books on art that reside in private spaces in the country.
The stampede, 'From Brochure To Books, Emerging Trend In Visual Art Documentation', will feature panelists, some of them scholars, 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 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; 'A Celebration of Modern Nigerian Art – 101 Nigerian Artists', by Chukwuemeka Bosah and George Edozie; 'Ben Enwonwu: The Making of an African Modernist', by Sylvester Ogbechie.
The discussion will be used as a peg to look at prospects of documenting arts generally in other format — Film and Audio.