Another testament to Nigeria’s burgeoning art scene, Modupeola Fadugba‘s works – not one but two! – will be gracing the covers of the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar Art.
Fadugba’s paintings, acrylic, ink and pencil on burned paper, will be the first ever by an African artist to feature on the cover of the magazine.
Fadugba shared the news on her Instagram, writing:
So honored to have the ladies of the Ibadan Synchronized Swimming team of @iis_nggracing the cover of @harpersbazaarart this month! 😍😍Many thanks to Editor in Chief @rebeccaanneproctor for handling the works and narratives with such care and to @gallery1957 and @mg.zakhem for aligning the details swimmingly.🙏🏾To Kola and Chisom Aina @kols77@chisomaina, my super supporters and guarantors of this work😂, this is for you! 😘To Dubai!
..And to spoil for choice, @harpersbazaarart decided to add a second cover!💃🏿 Thanks to my homegirls for always making me so proud! Keep stuntin’ and keep swimming!
@gallery1957@rebeccaanneproctor To Dubai!! 💃🏿 Pink Train
Acrylic,pencil and ink on burned paper
51” x 66”
The Harper’s Bazaar Art Instagram also made a big reveal, writing:
REVEALED: #HarpersBazaarArt@harpersbazaarartcover star Nigerian artist @modupeola.fadugba for our mammoth #Marchissue in time for @artdubai where #modupeolafadugba will exhibit her works at first-time fair participant #Accra based @gallery1957 One of the artist’s beautiful swimmers, with the movements of a ballet dancer, graces this issue’s cover marking the first time #HarpersBazaarArt places an #AfricanArtist on its cover. Modupeola’s swimmer is as much representative of the rising African art scene as it a philosophical statement on the importance of never giving up. “Together, we can go farther, at the expense of going faster,” says the artist. Stay tuned for more. #HarpersBazaarArt#contemporaryart#gallery1957#africa#middleeast
Why have one when you can have two? @harpersbazaarartcelebrates its #March issue with a second cover by @modupeola.fadugba entitled ‘Pink Train’ (2018) which will be shown by @gallery1957 at @artdubai next week. Don’t miss this mammoth issue and its African Special with features on the new @macaal_museum in #marrakech@154artfair@marianeibrahimgallery#sergeattukweiclottey@afrogallonism@zohraopoku part of @artdubai new ‘Residents’ programme @abeodedina recent sales at @christiesinc@sothebys@bonhamsafricanart An in-depth piece on the problems related to authenticity in #MiddleEastern#ModernArt A visit to @paulaalaskari#AbuDhabi home In conversation with @nadiasamdani and #rajeebsamdani profiles on @saranaimphoto#SarahMorris in the lead up to her @whitecubeofficial show in #HongKong the vision of #Tehran based @dastansbasement previews of @artbab.bh@artdubai@thearmoryshow@artbasel#hongkong reviews on the @dhakaartsummit@indiaartfair#Palestinianart@tabari_artspace@kourosh_carbon12 a visit to the #Beirutstudio of @nadim.karam and the Last Look with renowned #Ghanaian artist @ibrahimmahama and much much more #harpersbazaarart#africanart#middleeasternart
See the covers below: