Nigerian Contemporary Art Takes On The World With Hannah O’Leary. The inaugural sale of Modern and Contemporary African Art was held in May 2017, with the sales generating about £2.8 million (N1,357,890,303). Critical to this success is Hannah O’Leary, Director and Head of Modern and Contemporary African art at Sotheby’s. Last month, Sotheby’s set the new world record for Nigerian artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby with Bush Babies 2017, which sold for $3,375,000 USD (N1,216,687,500), making her the most valuable Nigerian artist of all time. They have also found success with other contemporary Nigerian artists like Yinka Shonibare, Toyin Ojih Odutola and Abiodun Olaku. Hannah insists this is just the beginning of a potentially long-term relationship with Nigerian artists.Sotheby’s next sale of Modern and Contemporary African art is in October 2018. Speaking from her position as arbiter of taste in contemporary African art, O’Leary believes there’s potential, beyond Sotheby’s, for local collecting to sustain artists at the grassroots who do not have immediate access to institutions such as Sotheby’s.
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