Ghana Leads African Charge in Miami
December 7, 2019
By Amy O'Sullivan
Works by rising stars from Côte d'Ivoire and South Africa have also been in high demand during the city's Art Week.
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Wall Street Journal
Who Will Rise at Art Basel Miami Beach
November 29, 2019
By Kelly Crow
Amoako Boafo, a 35-year-old artist from Ghana backed by powerful collectors Don and Mera Rubell, steps into the art fair’s fray.
About a decade ago, Amoako Boafo was working as a pallbearer in his home city of Accra in Ghana, selling portraits for $100 apiece in shows mounted in hotel lobbies. Now, the 35-year-old is being positioned to break out at the Art Basel Miami Beach fair.
The artist, whose name is pronounced “Ah-moe-AH-ko Bo-AH-fo,” has the backing of Don and Mera Rubell, longtime Miami collectors who are known for propelling artists to new heights. They are devoting an entire room to the artist at their new Rubell Museum, an exhibition space that opens to the public Wednesday and is shaping up to be the must-see show of fair week.
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Megacollecting Rubells Anoint Rising Star Amoako Boafo with Residency, Show in New Miami MuseumNovember 13, 2019
By Claire Selvin
The Rubell Museum in Miami, which will open its new 100,000-square-foot space in the city’s Allapattah neighborhood on December 4, has been known for jumpstarting the careers of young artists with its coveted residency program supported by the Knight Foundation. Sterling Ruby, who has gone on to have his works shown in major exhibitions like the Whitney Biennial and to sell for over $1 million at auction, became the first artist-in-residence in 2011 (and, coincidentally, will have a show this December at the ICA Miami).
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Contemporary Art From Africa Is Seizing Global Attention
October 2, 2019
By Rebecca Anne Proctor
Ask a question about the African art market, and many experts will be quick to tell you that there is no such thing. How could one market possibly encompass 54 countries, 1.2 billion people, and countless aesthetic traditions?
It can’t. But that won’t stop the global art market from trying. The commercial sector has a way of co-opting talent into the international art slipstream (sometimes flattening history and context in the process). It has done so with artists—and entire movements—from Asia and Latin America in the past. Africa may be next in line.
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Art of Choice
Amoako Boafo's Mesmerizing Portraiture Celebrates Blackness
March 6, 2019
By Maria Vogel
AMOAKO BOAFO’S figurative work has captured our eye with its thick, gestural, and painterly brush strokes. Boafo’s work teeters the line between precision and looseness in a breathtaking, novel fashion. Ghanaian-born and Vienna-based Boafo paints portraits of people in his life who he admires for celebrating their blackness. Here, Boafo gives us more insight into his electrifying practice.
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Los Angeles Times
In Amoako Boafo’s portraits, every brushstroke of every black face matters
February 20, 2019
By Sharon Mizota
Amoako Boafo’s portrait paintings are beguiling in their simplicity. His figures, often isolated on spare or monochrome backgrounds, gaze out matter-of-factly, confidently asserting their presence. Their poses are relaxed, sometimes playful, imbuing the images with a casual intimacy. And they make the artist’s first solo exhibition at Roberts Projects a quiet delight.
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Amoako Boafo’s First Exhibition at Roberts Projects in Los Angeles Centers Black Subjectivity
February 15, 2019
By Victoria L. Valentine
After moving to Vienna, Amoako Boafo began a new portrait series. The work grew less out of inspiration and more out of motivation. Ghanaian-born Boafo found the Austrian capital generally unreceptive to black people and the art scene was just as challenging. The portrait series served as a means of self preservation—a celebration of his identity and blackness.
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Roberts Projects: Amoako Boafo
January 22, 2019
By Lucy Birmingham
African painter Amoako Boafo is bringing a fresh and unique perspective to portraiture and figurative painting. Based in Vienna since about 2014, the young Ghanaian is now showing a series of new works titled “Black Diaspora” that cast a subtle, but probing look at the black experience in Europe and conservative Austria through the eyes of his subjects.