Global vanguards

Across the globe, new art traditions have responded to the radical changes of the 20th century.

1945 - present

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Mickalene Thomas on Seydou Keïta
Mickalene Thomas on Seydou Keïta

Contemporary artist Mickalene Thomas discusses the use of grayscale and pattern to imbue the richness of humanity in Seydou Keïta's portraits of Malian life

Skunder Boghossian, <em>Night Flight of Dread and Delight</em>
Skunder Boghossian, Night Flight of Dread and Delight

Boghossian’s exposure to Pan-Africanist networks in Paris helped him to develop the concept of his painting Night Flight of Dread and Delight.

Ibrahim El-Salahi, <em>Reborn Sounds of Childhood Dreams</em>
Ibrahim El-Salahi, Reborn Sounds of Childhood Dreams

How would you paint a picture of something that’s not quite representable… like the sound of voices chanting, a spiritual vision, a childhood memory, or a dream that you can’t remember?

Mónica Mayer, <em>The Clothesline</em>
Mónica Mayer, The Clothesline

Drawing attention to the untold stories and silenced voices of women.

Song Su-Nam, <em>Summer Trees</em>
Song Su-Nam, Summer Trees

Song explores Western abstraction, but also embraces the East-Asian tradition of ink wash painting.

Uche Okeke
Uche Okeke

Okeke learned uli, an Igbo female painting tradition, from his mother, and infused it with a modern sensibility.

Liu Chunhua, <em>Chairman Mao en Route to Anyuan</em>
Liu Chunhua, Chairman Mao en Route to Anyuan

Chairman Mao is portrayed as a revolutionary leader championing the common people in this work of socialist realism.

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