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Paa Joe: Taking it with you @ Jack Bell

Paa Joe

Also opening this week is a must-see show of sculpted coffins by Ghanaian artist Paa Joe. There’s a fish, a car, and even a Ghana Airways aeroplane – what a way to send your grandmother off…

You can read more about Paa Joe and see some of the coffins over at the Guardian arts pages.

The show continues until 15th January.

Opening hours:
Wed–Sat, 12–6

Jack Bell Gallery
276 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London
SW1V 1BB

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Surface, Sensuality and Desire @ arc Gallery

Birnin Kebbi (2008) - Titus Agbara

Floating gallery arc‘s latest offering opens this Thursday, with a group show featuring paintings from six emerging artists engaging with the idea of the ‘surface’: Titus Agbara, Glory Charles, Shallman Quashie, Edward Ofosu, Azubuike Ani, and Olu Shobowale. arc private views – hosted by Director John Egbo – always have a great atmosphere, with live jazz and drinks aplenty, so get down there this Thursday night if you can!

The show continues until 9th December.

Opening hours:
Tues-Fri, 11-6.30
Sat-Sun, 12.30-5.30

arc Gallery
Barge Belle, Hale Wharf, Ferry Lane, Tottenham, London
N17 9NF


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Devereux Collection sale in aid of the African Arts Trust @ Sotheby’s

Wall of Light Orange Green (2005) - Sean Scully

Last week at Sotheby’s, the two-day sale of ‘The Robert Devereux Collection of Post-war British Art’ brought in a whopping £4.7m in aid of Devereux’s new venture, The African Arts Trust. Works sold by artists including Julian Opie, Alice Neel, and Sean Scully, whose ‘Wall of Light Orange Green’ (above) went for £565,250. The African Arts Trust will aim to support emerging artists in Africa, as well as arts organisations that help them get their careers off the ground – keep an eye on the website for further developments.

Plus, a quick word on the results of the Bonham’s sale of South African art, which I posted about a couple of weeks ago –  the auction saw a new world record for South African art, with the sale of Irma Stern’s ‘Bahora Girl’ for £2.4m. Other in-demand artists were Jacob Pierneef, Alexis Preller and Ruth Everard Haden.


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George Lilanga @ Aubin Gallery

Untitled (early 1990s) - George Lilanga (Griccioli Collection)

There’s a chance to see two paintings by the hugely popular Makonde artist George Lilanga at the new show at Aubin Gallery. ‘Heavenly Creatures: Animals in Contemporary Art’ also features work from a wide range of other artists including Pablo Picasso, Damien Hirst and Appau Junior Boakye-Yiadom.

The show continues until 24th December.

Opening hours:
Mon-Sat, 11-8
Sun, 11-5
First Thursday of each month, open until 9.

The Aubin Gallery
64-66 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London
E2 7DP