Origins of Modern Art and Ancient Politics: The sometimes-disdained evolution and collection of African Art in Paris has taken on various stages: "L'art Negre", "L'art Sauvage", "L'art Primitif", and "L'art Naif" (negro art, savage art, primitive art, naive art). Same paternalistic regard often characterizes the Paris power structure's approach in Africa's affairs. Juxtaposed next to the symbols of their African hunting grounds ("Chasse Gardée "), images of elite Parisians who still wield a disproportionate economic, political, and military influence in much of "L'Afrique Centrale"
Paul Guillaume, Alain Locke’s friend and collector / connoisseur of African sculptures and Negro art, once famously stated that, “the modern movement in art gets its inspiration undoubtedly from African art”.
Paris-based painter Ealy Mays present Paris stories and narratives in art, with cultural and socio-political images of current and historical life in the city of lights, includingthe history of African Americans in Paris, the Spirit of black Paris, the Paris Noir experience, from the viewpoint of the black expatriate in France