Modern Ethiopian Art on Display
A growing number of international exhibitions are bringing increasing attention to Ethiopian contemporary art
Addis Calling III group exhibition, Addis Ababa
until March 23
Established in 2016 by Mesai Haileleul and Rakeb Sile, Addis Fine Art is a gallery based in Addis Ababa and London that focuses on promoting African contemporary art, with a particular focus on Ethiopian artists. The gallery’s third annual group exhibition, Addis Calling III, features new paintings and mixed media works from young talents, Yohannes Tesfaye, Tizta Berhanu and Frew Kebede. The show runs through March 23 at Addis Fine Art’s gallery on the 3rd floor of the Woldfiker Building in the Bole Medhane Alem area of Addis Ababa.
Tarkiku Shiferaw at Volta NY, New York City
Brooklyn-based abstract artist Tariku Shiferaw has become increasingly busy since graduating from Parsons School of Design in 2015, with numerous group and solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, London and elsewhere. In 2018, he was one of 15 emerging artists to be selected by the prestigious Whitney Museum of American Art for its Independent Study Program.
Tariku, whose work is known for its bold horizontal stripes marking and obscuring painted canvases, uses his art to comment on social injustices and experiences of immigrants and minorities in America. From March 6 through 10, Tariku will be presenting a solo show at the VOLTA New York 2019 contemporary art fair.
Elias Simie, New York City
April 27 - June 30
One of the most critically acclaimed contemporary Ethiopian artists working today, Elias Simie uses recycled objects and traditional building materials to create visually complex artworks and installations.
His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, and can be found in the permanent collection of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Elias is represented by James Cohan Gallery, who will be hosting a solo exhibition of his latest work, Noiseless, in New York City from April 27 through June 30.