1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

May 11, 2015

Unfortunately, Africa’s marginalization is not limited just to politics or economical global trends. Rich and diverse art tradition of this continent is also absent from the global contemporary scene. African art is really much more than South African graffiti scene, street masterpieces aiming to send a strong political message, or globally renowned masters, such as El Anatsui or Marlene Dumas. The African contemporary art is much more vivid than the few globally recognized names. Its vividness and complexity derive from the fact that Africa is composed of 54 countries (as the official name of the African Art Fair underlines), and the countless list of amazing artists coming from these states. Recognizing an extraordinary potential contemporary African art has, Touria El Glaoui founded 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, that is about to make its Brooklyn, New York debut.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair is a leading transnational platform dedicated to promoting African and Africa-related art works and projects. This fair has established itself at the forefront of the rapidly emerging contemporary African market, as a pioneer in its field, with an expert selection of participating galleries and their ambitious lectures and panel discussions with some of the art world’s key thinkers. For the first time in New York, 1:54 Contemporary African Fair will showcase 16 select galleries hailing from global territories such as South Africa, Nigeria, Morocco, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, the UK and the USA to showcase over 60 emerging and established international artists. Apart from the main program, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair has a very interesting supporting program as well, with critical conversations series – Forum, a program of talks, panels, and lectures.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair: List of Exhibitors

Sixteen galleries are participating at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. Take a look at full list of exhibitors!

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Featured Images:

Jean-Claude Moschetti - Ouri#2, 2010. Digital print, 70 x 105 cm - 27.56 x 41.34 inches, Courtesy of Mariane Ibrahim Gallery

Billie Zangewa - Ma vie en rose, 2015. Silk tapestry, 110 x 135 cm - 43.31 x 53.15 inches, Courtesy of Afronova Gallery

Billie Zangewa - Ma vie en rose, 2015. Silk tapestry, 110 x 135 cm - 43.31 x 53.15 inches, Courtesy of Afronova Gallery

All images courtesy of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Highlights

Artists that will be presented at 1:54 Contemporary African Fair Highlights are all from different generations, and they work in a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, photography and installation. The selection includes works by Edson Chagas, star of the Angolan Pavilion – awarded the prestigious accolade for Best National Participation at the 55th Venice Biennale; Prix Pictet shortlist photographer Sammy Baloji; Malian artist Abdoulaye Konaté; Tunisian artist and researcher Nidhal Chamekh; Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama; and Bahamian artist Lavar Munroe; many of which have been selected for presentation at this year’s 56th Venice Biennale. New York art enthusiasts will likely recognize numerous masters establishing a global presence, such as William Kentridge from David Krut Projects (New York), Aboudia and Boris Nzebo from Jack Bell (London), Maïmouna Guerresi and Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze from Mariane Ibrahim (Seattle), and Joël Andrianomearisoa from Primo Marella (Milan).

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Gérard Quenum - La Cour du Roi, 2013. Acrylic on canvas,130 x 170 cm - 51.18 x 66.93 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Art Twenty One

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Supporting Program

The supporting program of the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in New York will be focused on the Forum - a program of talks, panels, and lectures. Curated by Koyo Kouoh, Artistic Director of RAW Material, Forum aims to stimulate discussion and debate with some of the art world’s most inspirational thinkers. The New York iteration looks to reexamine present and future notions of 21st century African diasporic identities as traversed, negotiated and performed in the arenas of intellectual, cultural and artistic pioneer and global practices. A special focus will be given to important voices active in these fields across the last 35 years. The program comprises lectures, artist talks, and panel discussions presented by international curators, scholars, artists, and leading professionals.

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Armand Boua - Groupe de jeune n1, 2014 Acrylic on cardboard, 192 x 212 cm, Courtesy of Jack Bell Gallery

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair – Practical Information

New York City spring art fair season is simply amazing – just take a look at SCOPE New York 2015. With 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair – Practical Information, New York becomes a global hub of contemporary scene. The fair will take place at Pioneer Works | Center for Art + Innovation in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and will be designed by RA Projects, award-winning London-based architecture and design studio. VIP and Collector’s Previews will be held on May 14th. The 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair will be opened from May 15th until May 17th in Brooklyn, New York City.

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