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Title:Modern Nigerian art: art pricing and the Nigerian economy, 1960 to 2008
Author:Odiboh, FreebornISNI
Periodical:Research Review (ISSN 0855-4412)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:The turbulent situation which the chaotic years of military rule created in Nigeria from 1966 to 1999 signalled systemic regression in the economy of the country. However, despite the negative impact of corruption and mismanagement, there was an astronomical growth in the sale of art works during the 1980s and the 1990s. A new trend also emerged in the art market: artists became increasingly engaged in the collection, distribution and marketing of art works. This development impacted positively on the living standard of the Nigerian artist. This trend contradicted the opinion of Ben Enwonwu, Nigeria's foremost modernist artist, who argued in 1966 that for a piece of painting by a Nigerian artist to be priced for so much as five hundred guineas (about five hundred British pounds), the artist should be older, with long years of professional experience and training. Today, there are different categories of artists in Nigeria, old and young, whose works are highly priced. This article discusses developments in the Nigerian art market from 1960 up to the 21st century. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract, edited]