The importance of African Art in the twentieth century and today cannot be overemphasized. Prominent "western" artists such as Picasso, Gauguin, Matisse and Modigliani were influenced by it throughout the twentieth century. The numerous regions of Africa have many variations of art ranging from traditional Muslim art in the north to animist traditions and an emphasis on the human form to the south.

Fascinating in its scope, African art includes a huge variety of items, including paintings, statuary, masks and headresses, beadwork, baskets, metalwork and currency, weapons, textiles, musical instruments, furniture, and pipes. The field of African art is distinct from African-American art. The term "tribal art" is also often used to describe African art.

The large variety of African art is reflected not only in the different items that comprise it, but in its geographic reach: The continent of Africa includes 55 different states, or countries, according to the website Africa Check.

As one private collector of African art noted, African art is so varied that it is as difficult to summarize the field as it would be to make general statements about "American" art.

All in all, the field of African art continues to grow and excite.

Below is a list of galleries and dealers that specialize in African art and African American art. They all carry artworks for sale and they're operated by experts in the field of African art. Further down the page you'll find additional art resources, including recommended books on African art. Also, you'll find museums specializing in the art of Africa and other online resources to assist you in collecting African art.

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Interior of Joseph Clark Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio

Joseph Clark Gallery
The Joseph Clark Gallery provides exceptional and unique art from the African continent with emphasis on the people of Sub-Saharan Africa. The gallery will expose visitors to the history and cultures of the ethnic groups represented in its displays. The Joseph Clark Gallery showcases the traditional arts and artifacts including African statues and figures, masks, ritual objects, earthenware, textiles, tribal currencies, bronze figures and plaques, terracotta, jewelry, and much more. Location: 4038 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223, telephone: 513-351-8111, website:

Africa & Beyond - La Jolla, CA
Bruce Frank Primitive Art - New York, NY
Galerie Walu - Zurich, Switzerland
Michael Hamson Oceanic Art - Palo Verdes Estates, CA
Pace African & Oceanic Art - New York, NY
2R Ritual Gallery - Brussels, Belgium
Skoto Gallery - New York, NY
Throckmorton Fine Art, Inc. - New York, NY

African American Atelier, Inc. (Greensboro, NC)
Axis Gallery - New York and New Jersey
Jack Shainman Gallery - New York
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery - New York

Aaron Payne Fine Art - Santa Fe
Anderson Brickler Gallery - Tallahassee, FL
Anthony Gallery - Chicago, IL
Arnika Dawkins Gallery - Atlanta, GA
Art for the Soul Gallery - Springfield, MA
Band of Vices - Los Angeles, CA
Betti Ono - Oakland, CA
Blkmrktclt Charlotte, NC
Cindy Rucker Gallery - New York, NY
Dominique Gallery - Los Angeles
Dorsey Art Gallery - Brooklyn, NY
E&S Gallery - Louisville, KY
Framed Gallery - Cleveland, OH
Galerie Myrtis - Baltimore, MD
Gallery Guichard - Chicago, IL
Ground Floor Gallery - Brooklyn, NY
Hearne Fine Art - Little Rock, AK
Heath Gallery - New York
Jenkins Johnson Gallery - San Francisco & Brooklyn
June Kelly Gallery - New York, NY
Kendra Jayne Patrict
Knowhere Art Gallery - Oak Bluffs, MA
Long Gallery Harlem New York, NY
Mackey Twins Art Gallery - Mount Vernon
Mariane Ibrahim - Chicago, IL
Muse GR - Grand Rapids, MI
N'Namdi Contemporary - Miami, FL
Norwest Gallery of Art - Detroit, MI
Overdue Recognition Art Gallery - Bowie, MD
Paulson Fontaine Press - Berkeley, CA
Peg Alston Fine Arts New York, NY
Richard Beavers Gallery - Brooklyn, NY
Sabree's Gallery - Savannah, GA
September Gray Fine Art - Atlanta, GA
Sow & Tailor - Los Angeles, CA
Stella Jones Gallery - New Orleans, LA
Welancora Gallery - Brooklyn, NY
ZuCot Gallery - Atlanta, GA

The above listing came about because of an very good editorial in Artsy.
Below is a link for the full story which includes historical details and gallery historys.
Black-Owned Galleries to Support across the United States


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Tips to Determine African Art Value and Authenticity

The Africa Center - New York, NY
African Art Museum of Maryland - Columbia, MD
Ethnologisches Museum - Berlin
Museo delle Civiltà - Rome
National Museum of African Art - Washington, DC

The African American Museum (Philadelphia, PA)
The California African American Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
Harvey B. Gantt Center (Charlotte, NC)
The Museum of African American Art (Los Angeles, CA)
The Museum of African Diaspora (San Francisco, CA)
Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (Brooklyn, NY)
National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington, DC)
Northwest African American Museum (Seattle, WA)
The Studio Museum (New York, NY)
Tubman African American Museum (Macon, GA)

The British Museum - London
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) - Los Angeles
Seattle Art Museum - Katherine White Collection - Seattle
Fowler Museum at UCLA - Los Angeles
The Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, NY
Museum der Kulturen Basel - Basel, Switzerland
Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac - Paris

For the most recent books check with a local bookstores or one of the ART BOOKSTORES around the country. POWELL'S BOOKS in Portland, OR is a very good source for new and used art books. Your local library can also be used as a resource for research and discovering art books.

African Arts
Journal of Aftrican Arts & Culture
Journal of Contemporary African Art

African Art Museum - Reference to the artistic styles of Africa
Center for Africana Studies at University of Pennsylvania
Bayley Art Museum, U of Virginia, Electronic Exhibition Catalog
Rand African Art - Extensive information
Bonhams's Auction House - African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art

Arthur Palmer - Aboriginal, Oceanic & Tribal Art
Detours des Mondes - French site


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Yaka mask from Democratic Republic of Congo available from Pace African and Oceanic art in New York, NY, 041024

Yaka Mask
Available from
Pace African & Oceanic Art
New York, NY

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Gordon Parks
Born Black
March 7 - April 20, 2024
Jack Shainman Gallery
New York / Chelsea

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40 Anniversary Exhibit
May 4 - June 29, 2024
Including: Romare Bearden
Jerald Melberg Gallery
Charlotte, NC

Painting by Christopher Wynter on exhibition at Skoto Gallery in New York, March 14 - April 27, 2024, 031224

Christopher Wynter
Between Moments
Mar 14 - April 27, 2024
Skoto Gallery
New York / Chelsea

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Miranda Forrester
Available from
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