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Uche Okeke (Nigerian, b.1933)
LOT ID: 82733
Okeke-Okpuladike and his Obu, 1961

Conté, on paper
8 х 6 in. (20.32 x 15.24 cm.)
Signed, other, and dated '61 by the artist, lower right front. Documentation of authenticity will accompany this work.
Lot description
"Okeke-Okpuladike and his Obu" (1961) is an important, early conte crayon work on paper by Uche Okeke (Nigeria, b. 1933), indisputably one most important Contemporary African artists working today. This drawing measures 8 x 6 inches (20.3 x 15.20 cm), is in excellent condition, from a top N.Y collection and is framed to larger dimensions. This work has been viewed in the frame, and is accompanied by documentation of authenticity.

The artist's decades of body of work has inspired many African artists and Africanist art historians, as he is considered the forerunner of the transformation of African art into a modern idiom as early as the 1960's. His work has been the subject of countless museum and gallery exhibitions, publications from 1961 to present. Born Christopher Uchefuna Okekein in 1933 in Nimo, Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State, Uche Okeke studied Fine Art at Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, now Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. His work has been the subject of countless museum and gallery exhibitions, publications from 1961 to present.

Selected Public Collections:
National Museum of African Art Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. USA. Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey, USA.
Fitterman Art Gallery Inc, Minneapolis, USA.
Tate Modern Gallery, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich Germany.
National Gallery of Art, Abuja, Nigeria
Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
National Council for Arts and Culture, Lagos, Nigeria.
Department of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Ministry of Education and Information, Cultural Division, Enugu, Nigeria.
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