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The Art Perspective blog is a collection of thoughts, musings, and reflections on art, artists, and current happenings in the art world. 

Trend Watch: Contemporary African Art

It will come as no surprise to those collectors who are closely watching the auctions and the art market, but contemporary African art is having a moment. Actually, it has been having a moment for nearly a year now as auction prices have continued to climb. Particularly for Njideka Akunyili Crosby who set and broke her own auction records back in November selling for north of $1 million USD at Sotheby's. 

Crosby isn't the only African artist whose work you should be watching; Julie Mehretu featured above and of Ethiopian descent has been attracting attention for her large scale aerial and architecture inspired works. Her layers of acrylic paint, pencil, pen, and ink add a depth to her work, while telling the stories of undetermined locations. Meanwhile, Sudanese surrealist Ibrahim al Salahi was one of the first African artists to receive a retrospective at the Tate Museum and Cheri Samba continues to receive notoriety for his work and perception of daily life in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

For those of you who aren't used to looking outside of your own backyard for artists to follow, let this be the inspiration to do so. There are some incredible artists emerging from all over the world, and only watching artists from Europe, or artists from North America is really limiting yourself and your collection.