Selling and Celebrating African Aesthetics at Sotheby’s

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“The spell of Africa is upon me. The ancient witchery of her medicine is burning my drowsy, dreamy blood. This is not a country, it is a world—a universe of itself and for itself, a thing Different, Immense, Menacing, Alluring. It is a great black bosom where the Spirit longs to die. It is a life so burning, so fire encircled that one bursts with terrible soul inflaming life.”  “Little Portraits of Africa” published in 1924 by W.E.B. Du Bois.

By Tod Roulette

Like many people who own art I like to purchase works that do not necessarily ‘fit’ with other things I already own in my collection. Continue Reading →

Sapeurs: The Fashion Victims of the Congo

To be cool in Congo is to be a ”sapeur.”

By the Congo River on Sunday afternoons, Africa’s rebels without a cause roar up to the Rapids Cafe, astride their mopeds and dressed in $1,000 suits. Continue Reading →