Lagos, City of Hustle, Builds an Art ‘Ecosystem’

West Africa’s new art destination is a sprawling megacity with a generation of artists, gallerists and collectors powering the scene.

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  1. Thirty years ago I was in Lagos and visited the Art Museum ... I fell in love with the art exhibited .... still have their beautiful book! I would love to go back ... but why not bring such magnificent West Africa new art to us in NYC!!!

  2. Stunning work!

  3. Amazing works of art! Thanks to NYT for bringing this to the American audience.

  4. Bravo! On the downside, it makes me ashamed of our cultural poverty and diminishing creativity. Our children crave means of expression while their parents give them televisions and iPads. I know because I have taught art to kids on a volunteer basis--they lapped it up. Then came dad and mom strutting around in football jerseys and ripped jeans. Aye, I'm too old to move.

  5. Bravo! An in-depth article lays out the whole visual art scene from different perspectives. Honestly, I am afraid to visit Lagos, 51 years after my last visit. This article definitely intrigues me to reconsider. I’d prefer a digital slide show where I could click on any artist’s work to see and learn more. Just a different way to enjoy and learn.

  6. for readers unfamiliar with Lagos, my advice is "do not go". the water is bad, thieves are everywhere, and the slums and environmental pollution are horrific. why? the answers would lead to such troubling conclusions that the mainstream media avoids the issue. but the truth is that nearly every African city south of the Sahara is a mess. Why?

  7. @edward murphy I'm glad you lived to tell your tale. Now, allow me to go and enjoy your experience, especially because I survived both Chicago and New York.

  8. I have visited Nigeria on many occasions. And I am currently working with some great talents, on a venture, 2 of which happen to be Nigerians. And from what I have gathered, the average Nigerian is starving, busy thinking of where their next meal will come from, let alone have the time to even think of something such as arts. And this is for reason already mentioned in this article, corruption. But I am indeed glad that Nigerians, like in so many other ventures, are also carving a niche in the art sector as clearly stated in the article. But it is to be expected given the country's cultural disposition. And this is one of the reasons why it pains me that a country endowed with so many talents could be so backward. All the same, still hoping for the best for Country. P.s. the venture I was talking about is eFor-Real:

  9. These images show some of the best contemporary artwork the Times has featured.