By PAUL LASTER, May 2020
The leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair has held annual editions in London since 2013, New York since 2015 and Marrakech since 2018. With the sixth edition of the New York fair postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the presentation is being held exclusively online, in partnership with Artsy, through May 30.
Featuring 25 international galleries and hundreds of artworks by more than 80 artists, 1-54’s first ever online edition is offering a wide display of the best practices in contemporary African art. With an eye on the medium of painting, we’ve selected 18 fascinating artworks that provide a deep dive into the fair—one that shine a spotlight on emerging, mid-career and established artists.
Scroll through the images below to see our complete curated selection, which is chock full of delightful discoveries. WM
Paul Laster is a writer, editor, curator, artist and lecturer. He’s a contributing editor at ArtAsiaPacific and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art and writer for Time Out New York, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Galerie Magazine, Sculpture, Art & Object, Cultured, Architectural Digest, Garage, Surface, Ocula, Observer, ArtPulse, Conceptual Fine Arts and Glasstire. He was the founding editor of Artkrush, started The Daily Beast’s art section, and was art editor of Russell Simmons’ OneWorld Magazine, as well as a curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, now MoMA PS1.
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