1:54 NY 2015 Exhibitors and Artists Announced

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, a leading transnational platform dedicated to promoting African and Africa related art practices and projects, will make its New York debut on May 15-17, 2015, with a VIP preview on Thursday, May 14. The fair will take place at Pioneer Works Center for Art + Innovation in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and will be designed by RA Projects, award-winning London-based architecture and design studio.

Dandelia #1, 2012. Photographic print mounted on light box, edition of 2. 60 x 90 cm / 23.62 x 35.43 in. Courtesy of Galerie Cécile Fakhoury
Dandelia #1, 2012. Photographic print mounted on light box, edition of 2. 60 x 90 cm / 23.62 x 35.43 in. Courtesy of Galerie Cécile Fakhoury

A reference to fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent, the title of 1:54 establishes the parameters of the fair’s ethos: as a platform that strives to represent multiplicity and showcase the diversity of contemporary African art and cultural production on an international stage. The New York edition will present a wide range of artistic voices including established and celebrated artists who have paved the way for future artistic generations, and a fast-growing number of promising emerging talent. Spanning several generations and diverse mediums, including painting, sculpture, photography and installation, the selection includes works by Edson Chagas, star of the Angolan Pavilion – awarded the prestigious accolade for Best National Participation at the 55th Venice Biennale; Prix Pictet shortlist photographer Sammy Baloji; Malian artist Abdoulaye Konaté; Tunisian artist and researcher Nidhal Chamekh; Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama; and artist Lavar Munroe from Bahamas; many of which have been selected for presentation at this year’s 56th Venice Biennale. New York art-goers will likely recognize numerous artists establishing a global presence, such as Aboudia and Boris Nzebo from Jack Bell Gallery (London), Maïmouna Guerresi and ruby onyinyechi amanze from Mariane Ibrahim Gallery (Seattle), and Joël Andrianomearisoa from Primo Marella Gallery (Milan).

For the second consecutive year, Artsy is the official online partner of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. Collectors and art enthusiasts can explore 1:54 NY, inquire on works for sale, and view special features such as highlights selected by art-world insiders on and the Artsy iPhone app.

1:54 NY Opening Hours:
Friday, May 15: 12-8 pm
Saturday, May: 16 12-8 pm
Sunday, May 17: 12-6 pm

Day pass: $10
Students: $5

Participating galleries

A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia
Afronova, Johannesburg
Art Twenty One, Lagos
ARTCO Gallery, Aachen
Axis Gallery, New York
Bennett Contemporary, Cape Town
CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg
David Krut Projects, Johannesburg
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan
Jack Bell Gallery, London
Magnin-A, Paris
Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Seattle
NOMAD Gallery, Brussels
Primo Marella Gallery, Milan
SMAC Gallery, Cape Town
VOICE Gallery, Marrakech

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