Africa Confirms Its Presence on the International Art Landscape - Harper's Bazaar Arabia

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 week’s 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.

The New York edition this week is a compact 19 exhibitor event, and galleries include [...]

Fondation Louis Vuitton

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 Fondation’s 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. Pigozzi’s collection began [...]

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