Art lovers in Nigeria and the rest of the world will feel very sad with the news as Okwui Enwezor, the very influential Nigerian poet, curator, writer, art critic, and educator, has died as a result of cancer at 55 years.
Okwui organized the Venice Biennale in 2015 and in 2002, he organized documenta 11. He is the only African-born curator to organize the two great exhibitions. From 2011 to 2018, he was the artistic director at The Haus Der Kunst.
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Brooklyn museum director, Anne Pasternak while paying tribute to the talented artist said Enwezor “will go down in history as one of the greatest curators of all time.”
“Never Look an American in the Eye” author, Okey Ndibe has also mourned Okwui, writing: “Okwui made his mark on the world and we were especially proud of him. Go well, man. Good night.”