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1:54, a groundbreaking fair

Contemporary Art | 1 : 54 Contemporary African Art Fair has rapidly become a reference in the diffusion of contemporary African art. Its success proves the draw of this lively scene.

Foire 1:54 at Pioneer Works NY 2015 © Pioneer Works NY 2015
Foire 1:54 at Pioneer Works NY 2015
© Pioneer Works NY 2015

Founded in 2013 by Touria El Glaoui, 1 : 54 Contemporary African Art Fair unfolds in the two most dynamic art market capitals : London and, since 2015, New York. Riding high off last year’s New York fair, which drew 6,000 visitors, the 2016 fair will again take place at Pioneer Works. The invitation-only fair welcomes 17 galleries from 9 countries to the emblematic industrial Brooklyn location. 10 galleries are European, including Magnin-A (Paris) and Jack Bell Gallery (London), 4 are African - Afronova (Johannesburg), David Krut Projects (Johannesburg - NYC), ARTLabAfrica (Nairobi) and Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan) – and 3 are from the United States. The works of over 60 African or African diaspora artists are exhibited, including works by internationally recognized figures such as Chéri Samba, William Kentridge and Derrick Adams. 1 : 54 is an essential event for those interested in contemporary African art, on the same level as the Joburg Art Fair and the Dakar Biennale. The fair is exclusively dedicated to an artistic scene increasingly visible in museums and action houses.

Vincent Kozsilovics
Publié le 17/03/2016
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Foire 1:54 at Pioneer Works NY 2015 © Pioneer Works NY 2015

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