SCMP Reflects on Increased Chinese Interest in African Contemporary Market

July 7th, 2016

William Kentridge, via SCMPThe South China Morning Post reflects on the use of art as a cultural meeting point between China and Africa, as wealthy Chinese businessmen and collectors are increasingly drawn to the continent’s thriving art market.  “The relationship between China and African art makes a lot of sense once you think about it. Firstly, I would say the biggest demographic buying contemporary African art is sophisticated, knowledgeable collectors who purchase for aesthetic pleasure,”says Giles Peppiatt, director for African art at Bonhams. “They are people who look at an El Anatsui [sculpture] and think, ‘That would fit with the rest of my collection’, no matter whether they own any other art from the region.”

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