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In ‘The Art of Nigerian Women,’ Bosah shines light on Nigeria’s female visual artists


Dark Emotions by Omo Udenta is one of the many visual art works mentioned in the book.

The much-anticipated book, The Art of Nigerian Women, by Chukwuemeka Bosah, will be presented to the public at the Nike Art Gallery on March 8, 2017, to commemorate World Women’s Day this year. The Wheatbaker boutique hotel will also host a private Collectors’ Preview of The Art of Nigerian Women to coincide with Standing Out II, an exhibition of works by ten female artists’ featured in the glossy coffee table book.

The Art of Nigerian Women is a 360-page hardback book printed on silk paper, featuring the work of seventy-five leading and emerging contemporary visual artists — some of Nigeria’s brightest. Complementing the artists’ works are scholarly essays, features and profiles of women who have influenced and helped shape the art industry in Nigeria.

Professor dele jegede, noted art historian, renowned artist and Professor Emeritus of Miami University praised the book saying “this is a pioneering work, one that deserves a prominent place on the shelves of corporate, institutional, college, and personal libraries. Bosah deserves admiration for the courage and resources ploughed into this work.”

“The journey of researching, writing, and publishing The Art of Nigerian Women has been a labour of love which started in 2011,” explained US-based publisher Chukwuemeka Bosah, whose acclaimed work 101 Nigerian Artists has become an important reference point for the international art community. “

The Partners’ and Collectors’ Preview of The Art of Nigerian Women is being held at the Wheatbaker in conjunction with the opening of Standing Out II, an exhibition featuring 10 emerging female artists (Amami Isiuwe, Bunmi Oyesanya-Ayaoge, Data Oruwari, Marcellina Oseghale-Akpojotor, Ngozi Omeje, Olawunmi Banjo, Omo Udenta, Ozoz Sokoh, Sade Adebowale & Taiye Idahor) presenting paintings, photographs, mixed media works, poetry, and a thread & ceramic installation.

“We are honoured to showcase works by some of the phenomenal artists featured in Bosah’s beautiful book,” commented Sandra Mbanefo Obiago of SMO Contemporary Art, the Wheatbaker’s long-standing art curator. “The Art of Nigerian Women is a testament to the awesome “rising tide” of female artists in Nigeria, who are indeed Standing Out globally.”

The public launch of the book will take place at the Nike Art Gallery on next Wednesday to mark World Women’s Day. The book launch is being celebrated with the #BeBoldForChangeWomenArise exhibition of diverse artworks curated by the Female Artists Association of Nigeria.

“Chukwuemeka Bosah’s book celebrating female artists is a timely gift to Africa and the world,” said Chief Nike Okundaye, who has mentored generations of female artists, and won international awards for her groundbreaking work in teaching art to marginalised women in Nigeria and Europe. “We are delighted that the powerful work of our female artists is being projected in this beautiful publication.”

The exhibition at Nike Art Gallery runs from March 8-13, 2017, while Standing Out II runs until May 15, 2017, at The Wheatbaker.

The Art of Nigerian Women publishing project was supported by GTBank, The Guardian, XL Africa Group, The Wheatbaker, SMO Contemporary Art, Global Energy Company, Veuve Clicquot, Knowledge Exchange Center, Max10, UpByFive, Arik Airlines, and committed art patrons.

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