Amazwi Contemporary Art, Saugatuck

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Amazwi is the Zulu word for “voices.” Our goal at Amazwi Contemporary Art is to give voice to a diverse array of African artists, while broadening appreciation of their talent and understanding of their cultures. By supporting their continued growth and development as artists, all of us have the opportunity to contribute to an exciting time in African art.

In thinking about Contemporary African art, put aside pre-conceived ideas of wood carvings, masks and other traditional artifacts. In many cases, contemporary African art is influenced by tradition, but its growth and ability to flourish derive from the political transition of African countries from colonialism to independence. African artists suddenly had more exposure to the work of their counterparts from other continents, had more opportunities for formal training, and were not as restricted by political and social pressures to limit art making to “tourist art.”

In the latter half of the 20th century, African artists started experimenting with nontraditional manners of expression and interpreting the world around them in fresh, new ways. Whether abstract, impressionistic or realistic, their work often uses bold colors and mixed media to connect with the viewer. Their subject matter most often celebrates the natural beauty of Africa – the most exotic of continents – and its people.
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  • My favorite gallery, by far, in Saugatuck. Wonderful selection of African art in different mediums from a variety of countries in sub-Saharan Africa. I seriously could have spent a couple paychecks... 
    My favorite gallery, by far, in Saugatuck. Wonderful selection of African art in different mediums from a variety of countries in sub-Saharan Africa. I seriously could have spent a couple paychecks...  more »
  • What an amazing gallery! I loved the vast diversity of mediums- beautiful and unique paintings to Christmas tree ornaments and everything in between. We brought home some new pieces for our house and....  more
    What an amazing gallery! I loved the vast diversity of mediums- beautiful and unique paintings to Christmas tree ornaments and everything in between. We brought home some new pieces for our house and....  more »
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  • We visited last summer and bought this piece that hangs in our dining room. We loved their service and selection. There was no problem for them to ship the painting to Texas and it arrived quickly and was very well packed. We will be visiting again this summer and definitely plan on making another purchase!
  • Amazwi was a wonderful, cozy, centrally-located place to stay while in Saugatuck. We walked to restaurants, shops, and along the water every day. The artwork in the rented unit as well as the in beautiful shop is spectacular - colorful and meaningful - I could've bought one of everything in sight!

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