There are no limits on the sheer range or volume of artwork that is produced throughout the world. Any place that is inhabited by people is sure to have its own art, infused with the cultural values of that specific group of people. Such a limitless range of different pieces of artwork is so impressive, that to attempt to admire it all is overwhelming at best. What on earth can we do to find such artwork, let alone admire and appreciate it?
There are ways, however, that people can observe that artworks of different cultures without having to trek across the globe in order to search it out. Most major cities throughout the world are in the process of amassing the artwork from other cultures, demonstrating those cities to be a hotbed for art lovers everywhere.
London is among the most prominent of these art-amassing cities. Cultures from across the globe are having their art displayed noticeably in the vast, outreaching world-within-a-world that is London.
Asian artwork is one of the many cultural curiosities that can be found in London. Perhaps one of the most significant examples of this is the perhaps unimaginatively titled, but no less significant event, Asian Art in London. This event has been held for the last 20 years, generally in November, intended to bring together the very best of Asian art. Art dealers, auction houses and museums who specialise in both contemporary and antique Asian art are drawn together for this celebration of Asia’s cultural creativity. This year’s event, due to be held from November 2 to 11, 2017, aims to bring together a group as diverse as Berwald Oriental Art, Kamal Bakshi Modern Asian Art and Brandt Asian Art. Experiencing Asian art first-hand must surely be a wonderful thing, but in the absence of any ability to do so, surely this event must come high on the to-do list of any admirer of Asian art.
Africa is another realm of artistic wonder who finds its place in London. The African Contemporary Art Museum is one of the major places where this culture’s unique art can be enjoyed by people. Various different African artists have their work admired here, many of whom are recognised by their distinctive styles. Examples include Aboudia Abdoulaye Diarrassouba, whose art takes on a graffiti-like quality; Valente Malangatana Ngurenya, whose various depicted characters have a high degree of suspicion across their faces; and George Lilanga Di Nyama, who maintains an almost childlike quality in his work, with cartoon-like figures whose expressive faces are comprised of large ears and vibrant colours. With artwork as distinctive and diverse as this, no true art lover can find themselves to be truly dissatisfied.
There are new waves of cultural artwork being produced around the world every day. Being able to appreciate this artwork is a dream in the heart of all lovers of art. Being able to go to these individual cultures personally can be a struggle for many people. That’s why having those cultural artistic masterpieces brought together in places such as London is a remarkable feat. New generations of artists can be inspired by different cultures, and as a result, they may go on to produce cultural pieces of genius of their own.
—Luke Mayo, Correspondent (Art)