AT last a new specialized art magazine that aims at giving visibility to modern and contemporary arts in Africa by providing updates on various art movements, show reviews and event schedules is out. The fully illustrated quarterly magazine known as Omenka magazine which is coming from the coffers of Revilo, The Ben Enwonwu Foundation and Omenka gallery was presented to the public last week in Lagos.
The launching of the magazine which was described as Nigeria’s first art, business and lifestyle magazine with the latest news and insider intelligence on African art market was graced by notable dignitaries and especially the friends and followers of art in Nigeria.
According to the publishers, the magazine which started as The Awakening few years ago, as a solo effort of Ben Enwonwu Foundation, is now published jointly by the foundation , Revilo and Omenka gallery.
The magazine is divided into the following segments; Antennae (sneak peek, reviews, trends), Focus (interviews and profiles), Lifestyle, Market file (auctions, investments, gallery, artist dossier), Report (studio visit, show and tell, Omenka reads), and Feature.
The first edition which is beautifully designed to meet the readers taste is laced with the iconic painting, Tutu, by Ben Enwonwu on the front cover. As art from the continent continues to gain increased global attention and command staggering fees on the international market, the magazine takes a look at the different auction reports and art transaction prices. Omenka also investigates key trends and showcases the artists who drive the industry.
The edition has three leading articles as it focus on the rising secondary art market in Nigeria and abroad. Two of them include interviews with Giles Peppiatt, director of African contemporary art at U.K-based Bonhams and Robert Mbonu, director of an art brokerage group, Art Exchange. It also has artist, Nnenna Okore as a ‘Material Girl’ and Abass Kelani in his Lagos studio.
The next issue will focus
on photography and it promises to be informative and entertaining featuring in-depth articles, exhibition and book reviews by today’s most forward thinking writers, artists, and curators.
In addition, the magazine will publish regular reports on museum acquisitions and international art fairs as well as profiles on eminent collectors and recent interviews with high profile contemporary artists.