Manhattan, April 17 (OkayAfrica): This year’s New York edition of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair is around the corner as it continues to present contemporary art from diverse African perspectives—this time at a new home.
Taking place from May 3 to May 5 with a preview day on May 2, 1-54 will mark its fifth edition at Industriain Manhattan’s West Village.
Twenty-four galleries from Belgium, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Kenya, Martinique, Morocco, Nigeria, Portugal, Senegal, South Africa,Turkey, the UK and the US are set to display work from over 65 artists. In keeping with the fair’s mission to embrace a diverse and global mix of galleries that are dedicated to supporting and amplifying African artists from around the world, 12 new galleries are joining the fold with five solo exhibitions in tow.
“Our fifth anniversary in New York comes at a moment of tremendous change and excitement for the fair,” says Touria El Glaoui, 1-54’s Founding Director, in a statement. “While we’ve enjoyed four years of incredible support from Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, the fair’s move to the West Village responds to the desires of both our galleries and our visitors and will greatly expand the opportunities for audiences to discover the very best contemporary African art in the heart of Manhattan”.
This year’s Special Projects program includes a pop-up bookshop presented by Aperture Foundation, an installation by Ethiopian artist Ezra Wube presented by Pioneer Works’ Visual Arts Residency 2019, “Artist Encounters” with Richard Mudariki, Lawrence Lemaoana and Wura-Natasha Ogunji, as well as the collector’s choice program highlighting Ivorian photographer’s Paul Kodjo’s iconic work.