Revue Noire 01

  • Magazine



Ousmane Sow

15 sculptures of clay – Senegal



London, The “Black British Artists”

Panorama : African visual artists, photographers, filmmakers, playwrights, institutions…



Sony Labou Tansi and Hélène Delprat

“Juliet Testament” re-writing by Sony Labou Tansi of the William Shakespeare “Romeo and Juliet”,
with costumes and decors by the French visual artist Hélène Delprat



“Universe of Forms” by Michel Leiris
“Adam is Black” by the French writer Michel Tournier
“African contemporary art” by the French museum director Pierre Gaudibert



Editor Jean Loup Pivin

60 pages 40x28cm
Published in mai 1991
In French and English






On a Shady Terrace


Revue Noire should be savoured on a shady terrace like a glass of ginger.
It’s the spirit of the lamp of words, born in Africa ; it has inherited light and shade from that terrace, sweet, perfumed bitterners from that ginger, and the warmth of friendship.
Revue Noire is not concerned with theorising on the universality of art or conceptual blocks or on an ever-forgotten continent. It is a wave of emotion riding back from the shores of Africa, bringing with it imprints, forms, movements of obvious power, from Africa as well as from the black lands of New York, London, Kingston and Paris. Unconstrained by the demands of “coteries” and institutions, it is an independant meeting-point and its golden rule is quality. It is a forum to speak of black African fine art in English and in French, in the hope that a majority of the still small group of collectors and art-lovers in this field may join us to create what will be the leading International Magazine of Contemporary African Art.
It is an inconditional act of love proving that beauty is our life and we all have the same trust for it.


by Jean Loup Pivin



Contents of RN 01 :

ART MONOGRAPHY / Ousmane Sow, Senegal, 15 sculptures of clay from his early series Nuba and Masai


CITY / LONDON “BLACK BRITISH ARTISTS” / Saïd Adrus, Osi Audu, Franklyn Beckford, Frank Bowling, Sonia Boyce, Chila Burman, Eddie Chambers, Allan de Souza, Sokari Douglas Camp, Uzo Egonu, Denzil Forrester, Michèle Franklin, Lubaina Humid, Claudette Holmes, Gavin Jantjes, Emmanuel Taïwo Jegede, Claudette Johnson, Tam Joseph, Juginda Lamba, Donald Locke, John Lyons, Pitika Ntuli, Eugene Palmer, Keith Piper, Janet Ricketts, Vernica Ryan, Turunesh
LONDON BLACK PHOTO / Rotimi Fani Kayode, David A. Bailey, Monika Baker, Zarina Bhimji, Clement Cooper, Armet Francis, Sunil Gupta, Autograph
LONDON BLACK VIDEO  / Black Audio Film Collective, John Akomfrah
TALK / Peter Blackman
LONDON BLACK THEATER / Black Theatre Co-operative


ART / THEATER / Sony Labou Tansi re-write the William Shakespeare drama “Juliet Testament”
wit costumes and decors by the French visual artist Hélène Delprat
LITERATURE / Bruno Tilliette
THEATER / François Campana
CINEMA / Pierre Haffner
MUSIC / Philippe Conrath
DESIGN / Kidy Bebey
RITUAL ART / The Ntchaks Kuba from Zaïre RDCongo
TALKS MEMORIES / “African contemporay art” by Pierre Gaudibert, Franscisco d’Alméida, “Adam is Black” by Michel Tournier, “Universe of Forms” by Michel Leiris, The “BBKB Tour exhibition” (Bordeaux Bangui Kinshasa Brazzaville)
BOOKS /  « Sur les Traces de l’Afrique fantôme » Françoise Huguier and Michel Cressole, “Le décoratif” by Jacques Soulillou, “La corne d’Afrique” photographies, “Les africanistes” by Jean Laude, “Maisons peintes » in Afrique du Sud
NEWS from African contemporary art / “Black art, Ancestral legacy” Dallas, “Fondation Afrique en Créations” Patrice Peuteuil, “Art Contemporain du Sénégal” Paris Pierre Gaudibert, Ouattara, Matar, Occo, Bethe Sélassié




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