Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Partnership: Artsy & 1:54 Contemporary Art African Art Fair

Artsy and 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair to partner, encouraging the growth of contemporary African art in a global market place.
Partnership launches with panel discussion on the contemporary African art market on 9 September in New York City
Online fair preview opens 8 October 2014 on
● Panel discussion at Artsy’s headquarters on September 9, 2014 at 6pm. RSVP to rsvp@artsy.met
● Press Preview: October 15, 2014, 8:30 noon at Somerset House, London. RSVP to
Artsy and 1:54, the Contemporary African Art Fair, are pleased to announce their partnership in bringing the fair—Europe’s leading international fair dedicated to contemporary African art, now in its second year in London—online to a global audience. Artsy, the premier online resource for browsing the world’s most influential art fairs offers collectors and art enthusiasts the opportunity to explore the fair, collect works from existing galleries, and access exclusive editorial content including 'Insider Picks' on or the Artsy app for iPhone.

This year, 1:54 has doubled in size, taking over both the East and West Wings of Somerset House in
London. It will once again provide an unparalleled showcase of the world’s finest Contemporary African Art from 16 to 19 October 2014. The fair is accompanied by a critical conversations series comprising of lectures, artist talks, film screenings and panel discussions presented by international curators, artists and leading experts in the field.
Ahead of the opening, 1:54 and Artsy will launch their partnership with a panel discussion on 9 September 2014 at Artsy’s headquarters in New York City. Panelists will include Touria El Glaoui, director of 1:54, Christa Clarke, curator of Arts of Africa at The Newark Museum, and Taymour Grahne, gallerist and exhibitor, among others. Melanie Edmunds, Content Partner Manager at Artsy, will moderate the conversation.

The collaboration, which follows on the heels of 1:54’s highly successful inaugural event last autumn, marks a global expansion of the fair and signals a growing market for contemporary African art.

Maimouna Guerresi
Surprise, 2010
M.I.A Gallery
 About Artsy
Artsy is the leading resource for art collecting and education. Artsy provides free access via its website ( and iPhone app to international exhibitions, museum collections, gallery listings, art fairs, curated sales, and benefit auctions. It currently features over 175,000 images of art and architecture by 5,000 artists from 2,000 leading galleries and 300 museums and institutional partners, including the world’s largest online database of contemporary art. Artsy's encyclopedic collection spans historical works, such as the Rosetta Stone and the Colosseum, to modern and contemporary works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Willem de Kooning, Richard Serra, Lucien Smith, Sarah Lucas, and Cindy Sherman. Powered by The Art Genome Project, a classification system that maps the connections between artists and artworks, Artsy fosters new generations of art lovers, museumgoers, patrons and collectors.
Peju Alatise
ipele iii, 2012
Art Twenty One
About 1:54 Contemporary (African Art Fair 2014)
1:54 showcases the highest quality African art, bringing together galleries, curators, artists, art centres and museums both from Africa and working with Africa related projects to promote art by established and emerging talent to an international audience. The second edition of 1:54 will be held at Somerset House, London, from 15 (preview day) to 19 October 2014. Taking place during Frieze London Week, the fair builds on the burgeoning popularity of contemporary African art and presents a rare opportunity to explore the rapidly emerging African art market and acquire works in an environment supported by some of the most influential people and organisations in the art world. From painting to sculpture and photography the fair presents visual African art in its many forms giving collectors, art enthusiasts and culture seekers the chance to be the first to experience and engage with African art on this level. Through an extensive programme of conversations, talks, panels and keynote speeches with some of the art world’s key thinkers 1:54 also promotes discussions and understanding of contemporary African art focussing on topics including markets & economies, collections, artistic practice, criticism and Africa as an inspirational ground.
Omar Victor Diop
Albert Badin, 2014
Magnin A
1:54 Exhibitors:
A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia
Afronova, Johannesburg
Art Twenty One, Lagos
ARTLab Africa, Nairobi
ARTCO Gallery, Aachen
CCA/Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos
Carpe Diem, Ségou
Doual’art, Douala
First Floor Gallery Harare, Harare
Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan
Galerie Imane Farès, Paris
Galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin
In Situ Fabienne
Leclerc, Paris
Jack Bell Gallery, London
Knight Webb Gallery, London
M.I.A Gallery, Seattle
October Gallery, London
Primo Marella Gallery, Milan
Purdy Hicks Gallery, London
Selma Feriani Gallery, London
(S)itor Senghor, Paris
SMAC Art Gallery, Cape Town
Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York
VOICE Gallery, Marrakech

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