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Gerard Quenum
LOT ID: 82352
Prête Pour La Cuisine (Ready for Cooking), 2012

Wood, Mixed Media, cloth, metal and plastic doll
48 х 15.75 in. (121.92 x 40.01 cm.)
Signed, by the artist.
Edition Unique.
Lot description
Gérard Quenum was born in the coastal town of Porto Novo, the official capital of the Republic of Benin, in 1971. He is part of the latest generation of sophisticated young francophone artists now breaking out of Africa and demanding wider recognition for their art on the international stage. He stands out amongst the emerging Contemporary artists of Benin, as the original creator of a distinct sculptural style, and, with growing maturity, his work is now to be found in top galleries in Paris as well as the premier galleries in London.

Benin has long been blessed with a wealth of outstanding contemporary artists, with Cyprien Tokoudagba and Georges Adeagbo coming early to the attention of western collectors in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Hot on their heels came ever more celebrated artists such as Romuald Hazoumè, Dominique Kouas, the Dakpogan brothers et al. More recently, a rising generation of “street artists” has been developing around Porto Novo and Cotonou, This tightly-knit group, marshalled by the eccentric creativity of Dominique Zinkpé, arranged spontaneous exhibitions of their work not in the fine art galleries (of which Benin boasts precious few!) but outside on the city streets. They called this succession of guerrilla exhibitions -“Boulev’art” (Art on the Boulevard).
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Prête Pour La Cuisine (Ready for Cooking) by Gerard Quenum
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