The Radical Implications Of Radical African Art Looting Discussed In Harlem

January 5, 2019

Artnet reports that three experts with deep knowledge of African art, the Nigerian American artist Toyin Ojih Odutola, the philosopher Souleymane Bachir Diagne, and the art historian Cécile Fromont, sat down for dinner at a Harlem restaurant.

They sat down to discuss the wider implications of the landmark Sarr-Savoy report, which urges France to return art looted during the colonial era. All three experts agree with the report’s authors and reject European museums’ preferred solution of short- or long-term loans to Africa. “What matters in this debate is that the asymmetry between the two sides is so grotesque, there is no other word,” Fromont says. “Maybe in the future African countries will make long-term loans to Quai Branly!” reported the New York Times.

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