Culture Type | Victoria L. Valentine:
WHAT BEGAN AS A POP-UP is turning into an annual event. After its debut in 2015, and return in 2016, the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair is staging its third edition in New York. This year, the fair is May 5-7 at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn, its usual venue.
International interest in contemporary African art is finally on the rise on a wide scale, beyond a focused group of artists who have enjoyed global recognition for decades, such as the late photographers Seydou Keita and Malick Sidibe, and more recently El Anatsui, Ibrahim El-Salahi, and a new generation of U.S.-based artists, Wangechi Mutu and Njideka Akunyili Crosby, among them. African-born artists are receiving prestigious awards, major exhibitions, and in May, Sotheby’s is holding its first-ever auction dedicated to modern and contemporary African art… Read more
Image: Installation view, 1:54 New York 2016 © Katrina Sorrentino