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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Artwork from Africa and Beyond, LLC, located in La Jolla, California

Africa & Beyond
"Africa and Beyond is one of the country's leading galleries specializing in traditional African art." - KPBS Radio. Situated in La Jolla for over 23 years, the gallery offers the finest collection of traditional and contemporary African Art. We offer everything from contemporary crafts purchased from fair trade co-operatives, to the most superb and rare ceremonial objects. At Africa and Beyond, you can explore the many faces of African art, from contemporary Shona stone sculptures to traditional artifacts, creating a link between the modern world and the ancient past. 1250 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037, Telephone: (858) 454-9983. Website:

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, email:, website:

Bekris Gallery - Emeryville, CA
Bruce Frank Primitive Art - New York, NY
Contemporary African Art Gallery - New York, NY
Galerie Walu - Zurich, Switzerland
Hamill Gallery of African Art - Boston, MA
Indigo Arts Gallery - Philadelphia, PA
Jay Etkin Gallery - Memphis, TN
Michael Hamson Oceanic Art - Palo Verdes Estates, CA
Pace African & Oceanic Art - New York, NY
Picard African Art Gallery - Carmel, CA
2R Ritual Gallery - Brussels, Belgium
Skoto Gallery - New York, NY
Throckmorton Fine Art, Inc. - New York, NY

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
Black Gotham Experience - New York, NY
Blkmrktclt Charlotte, NC
Cindy Rucker Gallery - New York, NY
Compound Bronx, 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
ILA Gallery - Denver, CO
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
Stella Jones Gallery - New Orleans, LA
Waller Gallery - Baltimore, MD
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
the Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico "Luigi Pigorini" - Rome
National Museum of African Art - Washington, DC

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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