Announcing 1:54 NY 2016 exhibitors

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair will return to New York from May 6-8, 2016! The second U.S. iteration of the fair will take place at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where the New York edition of 1:54 launched in 2015, and will coincide with Frieze Art Week.

The 2016 New York edition of 1:54 will showcase 17 galleries from 9 countries, in addition to an impressive selection of works by over 60 artists working in various artistic mediums and who come from a unique blend of geographical backgrounds, comprising 25 countries: Angola, Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Italy, Kenya, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Madagascar, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Togo, Tunisia, United Kingdom, USA and Zimbabwe.

Participating Galleries:

Afronova (Johannesburg, South Africa)
ARTLabAfrica (Nairobi, Kenya)
Art Bärtschi & Cie (Geneva, Switzerland)
Axis Gallery (New York, USA)
David Krut Projects (Johannesburg, South Africa & New York, USA)
Galerie Anne De Villepoix (Paris, France)
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire)
In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc (Paris, France)
Jack Bell Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
Magnin-A (Paris, France)
Mariane Ibrahim Gallery (Seattle, USA)
Officine dell’Immagine (Milan, Italy)
Richard Taittinger Gallery (New York, USA)
Sabrina Amrani Gallery (Madrid, Spain)
(S)ITOR / Sitor Senghor (Paris, France)
Tafeta (London, United Kingdom)

This year, 1:54 New York’s impressive roster of over sixty African and African diaspora artists will include internationally renowned figures such as Derrick Adams (USA), ruby onyinyechi amanze (Nigeria), Joël Andrianomearisoa (Madagascar), Sammy Baloji (DRC), Edson Chagas (Angola), Ayana V. Jackson (USA), William Kentridge (South Africa), Otobong Nkanga (Nigeria), and Billie Zangewa (South Africa).

1:54 NY 2015 at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn © Katrina Sorrentino

The fair’s unique lecture series and panel discussions, curated by Koyo Kouoh, founding Artistic Director of RAW Material Company (Dakar) and Curator of the 37th edition of EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial, helps brings visibility to emerging and established talents from Africa and the African diaspora. Past speakers and panelists include: Rujeko Hockley (Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum, New York), Naima J. Keith (Associate Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York), Julie Mehretu (Artist), Franklin Sirmans (Director, Perez Art Museum Miami), and Hank Willis Thomas (Artist). More information about the 2016 Forum program will be released in April 2016.

“We are thrilled to be back at Pioneer Works for the second New York edition of 1:54 this year,” notes fair Founder, Touria El Glaoui. “The energy, interest, and overall success of the inaugural US fair in 2015 has lead us to return this May in hopes of broadening our reach and expanding the art world’s knowledge of Africa and the ever-evolving African art market.”

For the third consecutive year, Artsy is the official online partner of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. Using the official online catalogue, collectors, fairgoers, and art enthusiasts will be able to inquire directly with galleries about exhibited artworks, explore comprehensive editorial coverage, and find programming and visitor information about the fair.

Afronova Gallery at 1:54 NY 2015 © Sasha Arutyunova
Billie Zangewa, exhibited by Afronova Gallery at 1:54 NY 2015 © Sasha Arutyunova

2016 Opening Hours:

Thursday, May 6th to Sunday, May 8th, from 12-8pm daily

Pioneer Works’ monthly event Second Sunday will take place from 4-8pm on Sunday, May 8, in collaboration with 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair.


Day Ticket: $20 (tax included)
Concession Day Ticket: $10 (tax included)

Magnin-A at 1:54 New York 2015 © Katrina Sorrentino
Magnin-A at 1:54 New York 2015 © Katrina Sorrentino

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