The Return of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair


1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, a leading transnational platform dedicated to promoting Africa and African-related art practices and projects, will return to New York from May 6-8, 2016, with press and collector previews on Thursday, May 5, 2016. The second U.S. iteration of the fair will take place at Pioneer Works, an outstanding industrial building in the vibrant and creative neighborhood of Brooklyn dedicated to the nurturing and showcasing of art.

John Liebenberg, Radio Star, 1986

A reference to fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent, the title of 1:54 establishes the parameters of the fair’s ethos: as a platform that strives to represent multiplicity and showcase the diversity of contemporary African art and cultural production on an international stage. 

Aida Muluneh, The Morning Bride

As the daughter of one of the most revered living Moroccan artists Hassan El Glaoui, Touria El Glaoui started 1:54 in 2013 in London. “We are thrilled to be back at Pioneer Works for the second New York edition of 1:54 this year,” notes Touria. “The energy, interest, and overall success of the inaugural US fair in 2015 has lead us to return this May in hopes of broadening our reach and expanding the art world’s knowledge of Africa and the ever-evolving African art market.” 

Yianzi Low aka the Blues 2016

The 2016 New York edition of 1:54 will showcase 17 galleries from 9 countries, in addition to an impressive selection of works by over 60 artists working in various artistic mediums and who come from a unique blend of geographical backgrounds, comprising 27 countries: Angola, Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, France, Gabon, Ghana, Italy, Kenya, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Madagascar, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Togo, Tunisia, United Kingdom, USA and Zimbabwe.

Monsanto Shula, Sans titre, 2015

The fair’s unique educational and artistic program is curated by Koyo Kouoh and includes lectures, film screenings and panel discussions featuring leading international curators, artists and art experts. Kouoh is the founding Artistic Director of RAW Material Company (Dakar) and Curator of the 37th edition of EVA International – Ireland's Biennial, helps brings visibility to emerging and established talents from Africa and the African diaspora. 

VIP and Collector's Preview:
Thursday, May 5
  • Private Viewing: 2–6pm
  • Vernissage: 6–9 pm
Opening Hours:
  • Friday, May 6: 12-8 pm
  • Saturday, May 7: 12-8 pm
  • Sunday, May 8: 12-8 pm
  • Day Ticket: $20 (tax included)
  • Concession Day Ticket: $10 (tax included)
For more details, visit the 1:54 website and follow them:

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