1:54 NY Contemporary African Art Fair Reveals Lineup Of 70+ Artists

The very first '1:54 NY' contemporary African art fair reveals its lineup of 70+ artists that will showcase during New York Frieze Week 2015.

Omar Victor Diop's 'Project Diaspora'

London's 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair is crossing the Atlantic next month for its US debut during New York's Frieze Week. Dubbed 1:54 NY, this satellite edition of the growing art gathering will set up shop at Brooklyn's Pioneer Works from May 15-17. Yesterday, 1:54’s creator and director Touria El Glaoui revealed the lineup of artists and galleries exhibiting at the New York presentation. "Contemporary African art is continuing its rise to the fore as it is granted the attention it duly deserved," El Glaoui said about expanding the fair. "In light of this, it seems only right that 1:54 would spread its wings to land in New York, where established and emerging African artists and artists of the African Diaspora are leading a burgeoning contemporary art scene that communicates across international geographies. The New York edition will retain the intimacy and charm that the setting of London's Somerset House has made possible, and as always, will showcase the highest caliber of art to date, in an unrivaled setting."

1:54 NY's participating galleries, which come from Abidjan, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Lagos, London, Marrakech, Milan and Paris, will feature works from 70+ African artists, including Gabonese painter Boris Nzebo, British-Nigerian draftswoman ruby onyinyechi amanze, legendary Malian portrait photographers Malick Sidibé and Seydou Keita, Senegalese fashion and fine arts photographer Omar Victor Diop, Kenyan visual artist Jim Chuchu, Beninese mixed-media artist Romuald Hazoumè, iconic Nigerian photographer J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, Mozambican sculptor Gonçalo Mabunda, Belgian-Beninese photographer Fabrice Monteiro, and Tunisian artist and researcher Nidhal Chamekh, among others. For more on the upcoming 1:54 NY fair head to their official website, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and see below for the full list of participating exhibitors and artists.

1:54 NY Selected Exhibitors

A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia / Afronova, Johannesburg / Art Twenty One, Lagos / ARTCO Gallery, Aachen / Axis Gallery, New York / Bennett Contemporary, Cape Town / CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg / Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan / Jack Bell Gallery, London / Magnin-A, Paris / Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Seattle / NOMAD Gallery, Brussels / Primo Marella Gallery, Milan / SMAC Gallery, Cape Town / VOICE Gallery, Marrakech

1:54 NY Selected Artists


Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou

Leila Alaoui

ruby onyinyechi amanze

Olu Amoda

Joël Andrianomearisoa

Younes Baba-Ali

Sammy Baloji

Steve Bandoma

Wayne Barker

Rim Battal

Daniel Blom

Conrad Botes

Armand Boua

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré

Nathalie Boutté

Edson Chagas

Nidhal Chamekh

Jim Chuchu

Soly Cissé

Bruce Clarke

Peter Clarke

Barend de Wet

Calixte Dakpogan

Omar Victor Diop

Bright Ugochukwu Eke

Theo Eshetu

François-Xavier Gbré

John Goba

Maïmouna Guerresi

Romuald Hazoumè

Ayana V. Jackson

Seydou Keïta

Lebohang Kganye

Abdoulaye Konaté

Lawrence Lemaoana

Toyin Loye

Gonçalo Mabunda

Ibrahim Mahama

Abu Bakarr Mansaray

Megumi Matsubara

Vincent Michéa

Jean-Paul Mika

Bobson Sukhdeo Mohanlall

Shula Monsengo

Fabrice Monteiro

Jean-Claude Moschetti

Richard Mudariki

Lavar Munroe

Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo Cheikh Ndiaye

Boris Nzebo

J.D.'Okhai Ojeikere

Gérard Quenum

Chéri Samba

Amadou Sanogo

Kura Shomali

Malick Sidibé

Ransome Stanley

Pathy Tshindele

Eric van Hove

Billie Zangewa

Asha Zero


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