1:54 NY: A Preview Of New York's Latest African Art Fair

We preview a selection of artworks that will be on display at the New York debut of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair.

1:54 NY Select Artworks- All images provided by 1:54

On Friday, Europe's largest contemporary African art fair will officially make its U.S. debut in conjunction with Frieze New York. On view May 15-17 at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, 1:54 NY will showcase pieces from 16 galleries across Africa, Europe, and the U.S., with work by a total of 68 artists either originally from the continent or currently practicing there.

In addition to the fair itself, 1:54 has also programmed two days of panels, talks and lectures with a series curated by Koyo Kouoh of Dakar's RAW Material Company. According to a press release, "Forum 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 practices." In order to attend events in the FORUM series, you'll need to RSVP here.

Market developer Touria El Glaoui (her father is Moroccan artist Hassan El Glaoui) founded 1:54 in 2013 as a platform for galleries, artists, curators, art centers and museums involved in African and Africa related projects. Now onto its third year, the London edition of the fair will take place at the historic Somerset House in October during Frieze Week.

In the gallery above, we preview a selection of artworks that will be on display this weekend. 1:54 NY runs Friday, May 15, through Sunday, May 17, at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn (159 Pioneer Street). Find out more info here, and keep up with 1:54 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


A Palazzo Gallery Brescia | Afronova Johannesburg | Art Twenty One Lagos | ARTCO Gallery Aachen | Axis Gallery New York | Bennett Contemporary Cape Town | CIRCA Gallery Johannesburg | David Krut Projects New York | 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


Abdoulaye Konaté

Aboudia Abu Bakarr

Mansaray Amadou Sanogo

Armand Boua

Asha Zero

Ayana V. Jackson

Barend de Wet

Bille Zangewa

Bobson Sukhdeo Mohanlall

Boris Nzebo

Bright Ugochukwu Eke

Bruce Clarke

Calixte Dakpogan

Cheikh Ndiaye

Chéri Samba

Conrad Botes

Daniel Blom

Edson Chagas

Eric van Hove

Fabrice Monteiro

François-Xavier Gbré

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré

Gérard Quenum

Gonçalo Mabunda

Hamidou Maiga

Ibrahim Mahama

J.D. Okhai Ojeikere

Jean-Claude Moschetti

Jean-Paul Mika

Jim Chuchu

Joël Andrianomearisoa

John Goba

Kura Shomali

Lavar Munroe

Lawrence Lemaoana

Lebohang Kganye

Leila Alaoui

Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou

Maïmouna Guerresi

Malick Sidibé

Megumi Matsubara

Monsengo Shula

Nathalie Boutté

Nidhal Chamekh

Olu Amoda

Omar Victor Diop


Pathy Tshindele

Paul Sika

Peter E Clarke

Ransome Stanley

Richard Mudariki

Rim Battal

Romuald Hazoumè

ruby onyinyechi amanze

Sammy Baloji

Seydou Keïta

Soly Cissé

Theo Eshetu

Toyin Loye

Vincent Michéa

Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo

Wayne Barker

William Kentridge

Younès Baba-Ali

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