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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Pioneer Works

 

 Armand Boua, Les Winzins de Djamtala 1, 2017. Courtesy Jack Bell Gallery
  

By PAUL LASTER, May 2017

The leading international art fair dedicated to promoting contemporary art from an African perspective—1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair—returns to Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn for the third edition of the New York fair.

Featuring nearly 20 international galleries and more than 60 artists working in a variety of media, the boutique fair offers work by such celebrated artists from Africa Romuald Hazoumé, William Kentridge and Cheri Samba, along with artists of the African diaspora, including Derrick Adams, Kimathi Donkor and Ndidi Emefiele.

Among the highlights this year are Adam’s large-scale fabric wall sculptures depicting television sets with color bars calling for more diversity in broadcasting at London’s Vigo Gallery, Mohamed Melehi’s colorful abstract canvases at Taymour Grahne Gallery from New York, Emefiele’s mixed-media portraits of stylish women with big heads at London’s Rosenfeld Porcini, Armand Boua’s paint and collage portrayals of political struggles in West Africa at London’s Jack Bell Gallery, Jeremiah Quarshie’s powerfully painted portraits of African women with bright yellow water containers at Gallery 1957 from Accra and Diane Victor’s mysterious figurative works on paper that are rendered with black smoke at David Krut Projects, which has spaces in Johannesburg, Cape Town and New York.

Talks with such artists and scholars Odili Donald Odita, Adam Pendleton, Tschabalala Self, Charles Gaines, Eungie Joo, Thomas J. Lax and Nicola Vassell take place in 1:54 Lounge, designed by Ousmane Mbaye, and Aperture is having book presentations and launches its summer 2017 issue “Platform Africa” in the lounge and the garden.

A unique opportunity to learn more about contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora, 1:54 continues through May 7.

Scroll through the images below to find more of our favorite works from the fair. WM

Leila Alaoui, Untitled - No Pasara, 2013. Courtesy Voice Gallery
 

Jodi Bieber, Brenda, 2014. Courtesy Afronova
 

Emo de Medeiros, Surtenture #07 (...for the crown shall rest on your head, or your head on the crown), 2015. Courtesy 50 Golborne
 

Diane Victor, Thinking of you (Cultural memory), 2017. Courtesy David Krut Projects
 

Cheikh Ndiaye, Tapissier, Sicap, 2017. Courtesy Galerie Cécile Fakhoury - Abidjan
 

Romuald Hazoumè, Wologuédé, 2017. Courtesy Magnin-A
 

 Mohau Modisakeng, Lefa 6, 2016. Courtesy Tyburn Gallery
 

Derrick Adams, Fabrication Station 10, 2016. Courtesy Vigo Gallery
 

Ndidi Emefiele, Sunday Bubbles I, 2017. Courtesy Rosenfeld Porcini


Mohamed Melehi, Untitled, 2017. Courtesy Taymour Grahne Gallery


 Kimathi Donkor, Let Us Go Over , 2017. Courtesy Ed Cross Fine Art
 

Ernest Dükü, Ô Bee 9 Afrodisiaque @ code A Karmak shuffle, 2014. Courtesy (S)ITOR


Ihosvanny Cisneros, Insomnia City III, 2017. Courtesy MOV'ART Gallery
 

 Jeremiah Quarshie, Franklina Yellow is the Colour of Water, 2016. Courtesy Gallery 1957

 

Paul Laster

Paul Laster is a writer, editor, independent curator, artist and lecturer. He is a New York desk editor at ArtAsiaPacific and a contributing editor at Whitehot and artBahrain. He was the founding editor of Artkrush.com and Artspace.com and art editor of Flavorpill.com and Russell Simmons's OneWorld Magazine; started TheDailyBeast.com's art section; and worked as a photojournalist for Artnet.com and Art in America. He is a frequent contributor to Time Out New York, New York Observer, Modern Painters, ArtPulse and ArtInfo.com.

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