Chéri Samba. (Detail) Little Kadogo, I am for Peace, That is Why I Like Weapons. 2004.
Acrylic on canvas. 204.5 × 245.5 cm
Several key events promoting contemporary African art build the foundation for a surge in its popularity
By Katrina Kufer
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Branches Out
Dedicated to art from Africa and the diaspora, the 1:54 fair was established in London by Touria El Glaoui five years ago. The London original during Frieze Week (5-8 October) was joined a couple of years later by a New York version, also during this weeks Frieze Week (5-7 May). And now, the organisers have just announced that it will make its way to Marrakech 24-25 February 2018. It has been an important goal of 1:54 to host an edition on the African continent, and we could not think of a better place than Morocco, said El Glaoui of the move.
Fondation Louis Vuitton
The New York edition this week is a compact 19 exhibitor event, and galleries include [...]
Until 28 August, the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris will exhibit dual shows under the title Art, Africa: the New Atelier. Curated by Suzanne Pagé, it features recent work from lesser known art scenes. A special site-specific work by Pascale Martine Thayou sits alongside select pieces from the Fondations own collection as well as that of Jean Pigozzi, who will be [...]
A New Institution
French venture capitalist Jean Pigozzi will make his mark on the art scene by founding a new European foundation to house his collection of contemporary African art. Pigozzis collection began [...]