Oshogbo, Departure from Tradition: Contemporary Textiles from Nigeria
The Wolfords, a family of artists, were soon traveling back and forth from their home in Lagos to Oshogbo. The works in this exhibit, from their collection, are a part of their personal history as well as a view of Oshogbo's art legacy.
"Nigeria was an exciting, thrilling place to be in those days--the richest country in West Africa. In this atmosphere of 'All being possible', even though Nigerians were, for the most part, not purchasing new art at that time, there were exhibitions, pieces were sold and inspiration abounded."
Many of these artists have exhibited worldwide: Twins Seven-Seven's autobiography will be published soon, an 80-piece retrospective of his work opens in Holland. Jimoh Buraimoh has installed many murals in the United States. At present, there is an exhibition of many of these Artists' work at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art.
* Mimi Wolford (Mbari Art Institute)