A Preview Of This Week's 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair New York

New York's largest contemporary African art fair runs from May 6-8 in Brooklyn.

'Radios (1986).' John Liebenberg. Courtesy of Afronova.
This Friday marks the beginning of the leading transnational fair for contemporary African art in New York. Held at Pioneer Works, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair marks its second year in the city featuring over 60 artists from 25 countries and 17 galleries from nine countries.

In addition to the art exhibition, attendees can join in on the panels and artist talks curated by Koyo Kouoh for 1:54 FORUM, where discussions will center around the themes of curating in the digital age, contemporary forms of distribution and the African art market.

A new element of the art fair includes 1:54 PERFORMS, co-presented with Performa and curated by Adrienne Edwards, featuring two original performances including Dave McKenzie’s composition, This ship would set sail, even anchored as it was (2016).

In collaboration with the Dak’Art Biennale, 1:54 NY introduces TRANSMISSIONS—daily screenings highlighting the Biennale in a projection room during the fair which will foster a cultural exchange between the two platforms. Attendees over at Dak’Art will then see highlights of the 1:54 NY fair as well.

The images below a selection of art that will be on display this weekend. 1:54 NY runs Friday, May 6, through Sunday, May 8. Find out more info here, and keep up with 1:54 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

'Medusa (2013-2014).' Frances Goodman. Courtesy of Richard Tattinger Gallery, New York.
'la mannequine (2015).' JP Mika. Courtesy of Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris.
'Sans titre (2015).' Monsengo Shula. Courtesy of Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris.
'Sockhna #3 (2015).' Vincent Michéa. Courtesy of Galerie Cecile Fakhoury.
'Exhaust pipe (2016).' Cheikh Ndiaye. Courtesy of Galerie Cécile Fakhoury.
"Gueï, Daou et Chérif aka Harlem (2016)." Yéanzi. Courtesy of Galerie Cécile Fakhoury.
'Gueï, Daou et Chérif aka Harlem (2016).' Yéanzi. Courtesy of Galerie Cécile Fakhoury.
'The Morning Bride (2016).' Aida Muluneh. Courtesy of David Krut Projects.
"La monnaie en Afrique." Omar Ba. Courtesy of ART BÄRTSCHI & CIE.
'La monnaie en Afrique.' Omar Ba. Courtesy of ART BÄRTSCHI & CIE.
'Untitled (Letters from Etokobarek) [2014].' Em'kal Eyongakpa. Courtesy of APALAZZOGALLERY.
'Mother and child (2015).' Billie Zangewa. Courtesy of Afronova.
'With our boxes of matches...we shall liberate us (1985).' Lawrence Lemaoana. Courtesy of Afronova.
'Disco (1989).' John Liebenberg. Courtesy of Afronova.
'Radios (1986).' John Liebenberg. Courtesy of Afronova.
'Sea Travel (voyage en mer) [1996].' William Sagna. Courtesy of (S)ITOR/Sitor Senghor.
1:54 NY Gallerists

Afronova | APALAZZOGALLERY | ARTLabAfrica | Art Bärtschi & Cie | Axis Gallery | David Krut Projects | Galerie Anne De Villepoix | Galerie Cécile Fakhoury | In Situ/Fabienne Leclerc | Jack Bell Gallery | Magnin-A | Mariane Ibrahim Gallery | Officine dell'Immagine | Richard Taittinger Gallery | Sabrina Amrani Gallery| (S)ITOR/Sitor Senghor | TAFETA

1:54 NY Artists


Adeniyi ‘Niyi’ Olagunju

Aida Muluneh

Ajarb Bernard Ategwa

Al Miller

Amadou Sanogo

Armand Boua

Athi-Patra Ruga

Babajide Olatunji

Beatrice Wanjiku

Billie Zangewa

Boris Nzebo

Cheikh Ndiaye

Chéri Samba

Clay Apenouvon

Derrick Adams

Diane Victor

Dominique Zinkpè

Edson Chagas

Em’kal Eyongakpa

Emma Amos

Fabrice Monteiro

Farah Khelil

Frances Goodman

Franck Lundangi

Gastineau Massamba

Gonçalo Mabunda

Gor Soudan

Hamidou Maiga

Houston Maludi

Ibrahim Mahama

Jean-Claude Moschetti

Jim Chuchu

Joël Andrianomearisoa

John Liebenberg

JP Mika

Kura Shomali

Lawrence Lemaoana

Lebohang Kganye

Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou

Maïmouna Guerresi

Mustapha Azeroual

Mwangi Hutter

Nathalie Boutté

Ndary Lo

Nontsikelelo Veleko

Omar Ba

Omar Victor Diop

Otobong Nkanga

Paul Onditi

Peterson Kamwathi

Phoebe Boswell

Safaa Erruas

Sonia Boyce

Steve Bandoma

Sue Williamson

Theo Eshetu

Uche Okpa-Iroha


Vincent Michéa

William Kentridge

William Sagna

Yashua Klos


Zohra Opoku


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