The Lagos art scene was buzzing earlier this month as it hosted the seventh edition of its annual international art fair, Art X Lagos, which took place from 4 to 6 November and digitally on Artsy until 10 November. This year’s edition, the fair’s largest to date, featured 31 galleries from over 40 countries exhibiting over 120 artists.
Founded in 2016 by the Nigerian entrepreneur Tokini Peterside-Schwebig, Art X Lagos has developed into both West Africa’s leading commercial art event, and a yearly creative hub for the entire African art world. Not by chance, it has coincided with a boom in the global interest of contemporary African art and has successfully caught the attention of the wider—Western—art world. The first of its kind, assumptions now abound that more fairs of this standard will soon sprout up across the continent.