Keturah Benson

8 Black Art Moments You Can't Miss During Art Basel Miami 2018

Our guide to Blackness at this year's fair.

It's that time of year again. Art Basel is bringing its magic back to Miami. The annual art fair that showcases modern and contemporary art, is set to have more than 4,000 artists displaying work across all mediums. The Miami iteration of the week-long fair has become a space for artists, galleries, collectors and countless art lovers to connect, be inspired and party for the last 16 years.

Here are some Black art must-sees during Art Basel:

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Shaunté Gates The Land Of, 2018 24 x 24 in.Digital Print on Aluminum Image courtesy of the artist.

5 Black Artists You Can't Miss at Prizm Art Fair 2018

In its sixth edition, Prizm examines the connection between narratives in Africa and its diaspora through varying degrees of currency.

"I hope Oprah comes," says Mikhaile Solomon, founding director of Prizm Art Fair, with a laugh.

She just might.

Prizm has become one of the most anticipated events during Art Basel Miami, highlighting artists and works from the African diaspora and emerging markets. "Every year, it grows in leaps and bounds," Solomon says, as the fair turns six this year.

This edition will highlight 63 artists representing 15 countries—from Ethiopia to Trinidad and Tobago. The fair is set to feature eight galleries—most of which are black owned—along with five multi-disciplinary parts: "Prizm Preview," "Prizm Panel," "Prizm Film," "Prizm Perform" and "Prizm 6."

"This year, is very rooted in activism and the through line is the idea of currency and the different layers of currency," she says.

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Meet the Nigerian-American Cartoonist Animating the Biggest Moments in Black Popular Culture

OkayAfrica speaks with Obi Arisukwu about his work, Nigerian parents and staying focused in the middle of virality.

In September, an Australian cartoonist drew a caricature of tennis champion Serena Williams angrily stomping on her racket at the 2018 US Open Women's finals. Immediately, the Australian newspaper was called out for the cartoon that many deemed racist.

Obi Arisukwu's inbox was flooded. The thirty-one year-old, Nigerian-American artist received message after message asking him to draw her.

"It was like I was the champion of black illustrators," he said.

After two weeks, he posted an illustration of Serena Williams leaning back mid-serve, her face a beacon of fierce determination and pride. There's a collage of women behind her.

The caption read: "Every game she plays is a fight for women's rights."

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