Books on CONTEMPORARY ART in NIGERIA

If you are interested in getting a better understanding of Contemporary Art in Nigeria, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to read these 35 books. If you know of better ones, please let me know.

B.A. ADEMULEYA, Akin ONIPEDE & Mike OMOIGHE (ed.) Creative traditions in Nigerian art, Culture and Creative Art forum. Lagos 2003

Cornelius O. ADEPEGBA Nigerian Art. Its traditions and modern tendencies. Ibadan, Nigeria, 1995. JODAD Publishers.

Agbarha-Otor 2000: the 3rd Harmattan Workshop Lagos: Ovuomaroro Studio and Gallery, 2000

Agbarha-Otor 2002: the 4th Harmattan Workshop Lagos: Ovuomaroro Studio and Gallery, 2002

John Tokpabere AGBERIA (ed.) Design History in Nigeria. University of Port Harcourt, 2002, National Gallery of Art and Association of Art Designers.

Chike C. ANIAKOR and C. Krydz IKWUEMESI Crossroads. Africa in the twilight. Lagos: The National gallery of Art 2000

Ulli BEIER Thirty years of Oshogbo art. Bayreuth: Iwalewa-Haus, 1991.

Jimoh BURAIMOH My life and Arts. Ibadan 2000, Spectrum Books.

Kevin CARROLL Yoruba religious carving. London 1966, Geoffrey Chapman.

Chinedu C. CHUKUEGGU Contemporary Nigerian Art and its classifications Abraka, Nigeria, 1998. Delsu Consult Publishing House.

G. G. DARAH and Safy QUEL (Ed.) Bruce Onobrakpeya. The spirit in ascent. Ovuomaroro Gallery. Lagos, 1992.

Clémentine DELISS (Ed.) Seven stories about modern art in Africa organized by the Whitechapel Art Gallery; Paris; New York: Flammarion, 1995.

Paul Chike DIKE & Pat OYELOLA The Zaria Art Society: a new consciousness Lagos, 1998. National Gallery of Art, Nigeria

Paul Chike DIKE & Pat OYELOLA Uche Okeke and Modern Nigerian Art Lagos, 2003. National Gallery of Art, Nigeria.

Osa EGONWA African Art: a contemporary source book Benin City, Nigeria, 1994. Osazu Publishers.

Kunle FILANI Patterns of culture in Contemporary Yoruba Art Symphony Books, 2005

Kunle FILANI, A. AZEEZ & A. EMIFONIYE (eds.) Perspectives on Culture and Creativity in Nigerian Art Culture and Creative Art Forum. Lagos, 2003

Kojo FOSU 20th Century Art of Africa Zaria: Gaskiya Corporation, 1986 and Accra: Artist Alliance, 1993.

C. Krydz IKWUEMESI, Ayo ADEWUNMI (Ed.) A discoursive bazaar Enugu: Pan-African Circle of Artists 2001

C. Krydz IKWUEMESI (Ed.) The triumph of a vision: an anthology on Uche Okeke and modern Art in Nigeria Lagos: Pendulum Art Gallery 2003

C. Krydz IKWUEMESI, Emeka AGABAYI (Ed.) The rediscovery of tradtion: Uli and the politics of culture Lagos: Pendulum Centre for Culture and Development 2005

Sidney L. KASFIR. Contemporary African Art. London: Thames and Hudson, 1999.

Bernice M. KELLY & Janet L. STANLEY Nigerian Artists. A who’s who and Bibliography. London, New York: Published for the National Museum of African Art Branch, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Washington, DC, by Hans Zell, 1993

Nkiru NZEGWU Contemporary Textures: Multidimensionality in Nigerian Art Binghamton. The International Society for the Study of Africa (ISSA). 1999

Olu OGUIBE Uzo Egonu, an African Artist in the West. London: Kala Press, 1995.

Olu OGUIBE and Okwui ENWEZOR, eds. Reading the Contemporary: African Art from Theory to the Marketplace. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1999.

Uche OKEKE Art in development: a Nigerian perspective / edited by Leclair Grier Lambert. Nimo, Anambra State: Documentation Centre, Asele Institute; Minneapolis: African American Cultural Center, 1982.

Bruce ONOBRAKPEYA Sahelian masquerades: artistic experiments, November 1985-August 1988 / edited by Safy Quel. Papa Ajao, Mushin, Lagos: Ovuomaroro Gallery, 1988.

Simon OTTENBERG New Traditions from Nigeria: seven artists of the Nsukka group. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997.

Simon OTTENBERG (Ed.) The Nsukka Artists and Nigerian Contemporary Art. Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2002.

Pat OYELOLA Everyman’s guide to Nigerian art. Lagos. Cultural Division, Federal Ministry of Information, 1976.

Grace STANISLAUS (Ed.). Contemporary African Artists: Changing Traditions. New York: The Studio Museum in Harlem. 1990.

S. J. TIMOTHY-ASOBELE Contemporary Nigerian arts and Artists: A modern guide. Lagos. Upper Standard Publications. 1992.

Obiora UDECHUKWU Uli: Traditional Wall Painting and Modern Art from Nigeria Bayreuth: Iwalewa House, 1990.

Susan M. VOGEL Africa Explores: 20th Century African Art. New York, Munich, 1986.

AA. VV. The nucleus: a catalogue of works in the national collection on the inception of the National Gallery of Modern Art . Lagos: Federal Department of Culture, 1981.

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8 Replies to “Books on CONTEMPORARY ART in NIGERIA”

  1. Jess, this represents a small fraction on the scholarship on contemporary African art
    amongst others see

    New Currents, Ancient Rivers: Contemporary African Artists In A Generation Of Change Contemporary African Artists in a Generation of Change
    Kennedy, Jean
    Thompson, Robert Farris
    Click on author name above for full title listing
    Hardcover
    204 pages
    Published: 1992
    Publisher: Prentice Hall (a Pearson Education company)
    ISBN / EAN: 1560980370

    This is one of the largest surveys available of contemporary African art, this book shows the many ways nearly 150 painters, sculptors, fiber artists, printmakers, and filmmakers of sub -Saharan Africa meld elements from contemporary life, the legacy of colonialism.

    After looking at this I certainly will be glad to recomeend my top 20 pick of books on art and architecture in Sub-Saharan Africa

  2. 1. BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA: NIGERIA’S MASTER PRINTMAKER
    Wendy Lawrence. 3 11 Colour illustrations. BEST OF AFRICA -TORONTO 1979. Ask for free electronic copy with $50 donation to Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation

    2. BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA: SABBATICAL EXPERIMENTS
    1978-1983(EXHIBITION OF PRINTS AND PAINTINGS) with introduction by Prof. Babatunde Lawal. 7 B/W 8 Colour illustrations OVUOMARORO GALLERY, LAGOS 1983. Out of Print

    4. OFFERINGS FROM THE GODS Text by Dele Jegede 68 Pages 48 B/W illustration. Published by Society of Nigerian Artists, Lagos State Chapter. 1985 Out of print.

    5. BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA: SYMBOLS OF ANCESTRAL GROVES
    -(Monograph of Prints and Paintings 1978 -1985) with introduction by Prof. Babatunde Lawal. 256 Pages, 182 B/W 3 Drawings 60 Colour illustrations, essays, interviews,
    notes and comments, biographical and bibliographical notes. 1985. $25.00

    6. AFRICA ON HER SCHEDULE IS WRITTEN A CHANGE
    -Barbara Haeger 105 pages 13 B/W illustrations African Universities Press 1981. $10.00 each.

    8. BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA: 25 YEARS OF CREATIVE SEARCH.
    -Introduction by C.O. Adepegba, 57 pages 51 B/W
    pictures, Ovuomaroro Gallery production 1984. $8.00

    9. BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA: THE SPIRIT IN ASCENT. -Introduction by Dele Jegede 279 pages, 110 full colour reproductions, 186 Black and white reproductions. Ovuomaroro Gallery production 1992. $45.00

    10. THE ZARIA ART SOCIETY: A NEW CONSCIOUSNESS.
    -Edited by Paul Chike Dike and Pat Oyelola with essays by Cornelius O. Adepegba, Oloidi, Don Akatakpo and Jacob Jari 298 pages 302 B/W reproductions and 133 colour
    reproductions. A publication of the National Gallery of Art 1998. $45.00

    11. AGBARHA-OTOR 98 AND 99: A CATALOGUE OF FIRST AND
    SECOND HARMATTAN WORKSHOP EXHIBITION 84 pages; 127 B/W
    and 33 colour reproductions curated by Mike Omoighe, Ovuomaroro Gallery Production 1999. $10.00

    12. AMOS TUTUOLA SHOW: A FOLKLORE INSPIRED ART IN
    HONOUR OF THE NOVELIST; Edited by Mudiare Onobrakpeya and curated
    by Mike Omoighe and Toyin Akinosho; 40 pages 25 B/W and
    32 colour reproductions. Ovuomaroro Gallery production 1999 $8.00

    13. BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA: POEMS AND LITHOGRAPHS print
    notes and comments No.9. Introduced by Bruce Onobrakpeya
    49 pages 48 B/W line reproductions; Ovuomaroro Gallery
    publications 1989. $8.00

    15. FORTY YEARS OF BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA IN CONTEMPORARY
    VISUAL ART: THE PORTRAIT OF A VISUAL ARTIST.
    -Edited by Mudiare Onobrakpeya and Uche Abalogu with introduction by Simon Ikpakronyi. A Collection of 26 essays on Bruce Onobrakpeya 70 pages Ovuomaroro Gallery Production 2000 Price $5.00

    16. BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA: PORTFOLIO OF ART AND LITERATURE,
    Catalogue. Edited by Pat Oyelola Poems and Extracts
    from various literary works 56 pages 30 illustrations in colour and B/W Ovuomaroro Gallery Production 2003 $ 10.00
    17. ONOBRAKPEYA by Richard A. Singletary.
    – 78 pages 143 colour reproductions The Ford Foundation,
    The Institute of International Education 2002 $40

    POSTERS AND PORTFOLIOS 1. BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA: PRINT
    NOTES AND COMMENTS NO.7 Foreword by Bishop Edmond Fitzgibon of Port Harcourt 12 B/W, 23 Colour, 2 Original Deep ETCHINGS 30 Folded Loose Leaf Sheets. Cloth Cover.A limited edition of 250 only. OVUOMARORO GALLERY Lagos 1982. A collector’s item. $200.00

    2. BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA: PRINT NOTES AND COMMENTS NO.8
    Portfolio of Contemporary Nigerian Prints. Introduced by
    BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA. 6 Single Sheets. Colour Reproductions.
    Published by OVUOMARORO GALLERY Lagos 1982. The portfolio is out of print but some of the pictures are available at $3.00 each.

    3. BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA: TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF CREATIVE
    SEARCH -(Poster announcing exhibition of drawings, paintings
    and prints. Institute of African Studies University of Ibadan 15th -24th February 1984. $10.00 each.

    4. BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA: SYMBOLS OF ANCESTRAL GROVES
    (Poster announcing the book SYMBOLS OF ANCESTRAL GROVES
    with notes on printmaking terms on the reverse side of the poster. Published by OVUOMARORO GALLERY 1985. $10.00 each.

    5. BRUCE ONOBRAKPEYA: POEMS AND LITHOGRAPHS Print notes and Comments No. 9 47 B/W line reproductions. 2003 (First Published 1989) $15.00

  3. Hi there,

    A new book by one of the authors in your earlier list of 35 (Pat Oyelola) is a fantastic guide to Nigerian Art. It is titled Nigerian Artistry . I dont have the ISBN No but I think it is published by Mosuro Publishers. Really excellent book.

  4. I HAVE WRITTEN A BOOK SINCE 2008 ON CULTURAL AND CREATIVE ARTS TITLED NIGERIAN ART AND CRAFT FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN NIGERIA. view my profile by typing TEXTBOOKS ON CULTURAL AND CREATIVE ARTS FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL IN NIGERIA on google search. thank you.

  5. Am a student in crutech,calabar study visual arts & tech.I wish to have any of this textbook for my studys pls. thanks

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