Announcing exhibitors and 1-54 Forum curators at next NY edition

Sungi Mlengeya, Constant, 2019, Acryilic on canvas, 150 x 140 cm, Courtesy Afriart

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair is pleased to announce the sixth edition of the fair in New York, which will take place May 8-10, 2020 at The Caldwell Factory in Chelsea, with a Press and VIP Preview on May 7.

The 2020 New York edition of 1-54 will welcome 26 galleries from Austria, China, France, Italy, Martinique, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the United States, collectively exhibiting the work of 78 artists.

Each year, 1-54 aims to welcome a diverse and global mix of galleries that are dedicated to supporting and promoting African art and artists from across the world. This year, 1-54 NY will welcome seventeen new galleries and two solo exhibitions, offering viewers a chance to discover the breadth and depth of contemporary African and diasporic artistic production.

Nicolas Derné, Shook it up, 2019, Lambda print B&W on Baryté NB paper, 30 × 40 cm, Courtesy espace d’art contemporain 14N 61W
Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Lagoon, 2019, Thread, ink, graphite on tracing paper, 19.50h x 24w in, Courtesy Fridman Gallery

For the sixth consecutive year, 1-54 New York will be accompanied by 1-54 Forum, the fair’s acclaimed curated program of talks, performances and screenings that explores the work and practice of artists from Africa and its diaspora. This year’s edition will be curated by Dexter Wimberly and Larry Ossei-Mensah and will be ideally located opposite the Caldwell Factory and adjacent to the Highline at Rogue Space. 1-54 Forum will make use of the 2000sq/ft space to lead several talks and other interventions over two days of the fair, 8 – 9 May 2020. The full 1-54 Forum program will be announced in April 2020.

Cameron Platter, Hungry, 2015, Pencil on paper, 100 x 160 cm, Courtesy Galerie Ernst Hilger

The full list of participating galleries can be found below:

50 Golborne (London, United Kingdom)
Afikaris (Paris, France)
Afriart Gallery (Kampala, Uganda)
AFRONOVA GALLERY (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Danziger Gallery (New York, United States)
Ebony Curated (Cape Town, South Africa)
espace d’art contemporain 14N 61W (Fort-de-France, Martinique)
Fridman Gallery (New York, United States)
Galerie 127 (Marrakech, Morocco)
Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris, France)
Galerie Attis (Dakar, Senegal)
Galerie Ernst Hilger (Vienna, Austria)
Hafez Gallery (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Jack Bell Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
LatchKey Gallery (New York, United States)
Luce Gallery (Turin, Italy)
Mwimbi Fine Art Gallery (Hong Kong, China)
Nil Gallery (Paris, France)
Nuweland (Oosterzee, the Netherlands)
October Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
OOA Gallery (Barcelona, Spain)
Retro Africa (Abuja, Nigeria)
Sulger-Buel Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
The Gallery of Everything (London, United Kingdom)
Wilde Gallery (Geneva, Switzerland)


About Dexter Wimberly

Dexter Wimberly, Photo credit © Alexa Hoyer

Dexter Wimberly is an independent curator and entrepreneur who has organized exhibitions and developed programs with galleries and institutions throughout the world including The Third Line in Dubai; Contemporary Art Museum CAM Raleigh in North Carolina; The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco; Koki Arts in Tokyo; and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. His exhibitions have been reviewed and featured in publications including The New York Times, Artforum, and Hyperallergic; and have received support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Wimberly has also served as Director of Strategic Planning at Independent Curators International in New York City. Prior to his curatorial career, Wimberly was the managing partner and CEO of the advertising agency, August Bishop, representing a diverse array of clients, including Adidas, The Coca-Cola Company and, HBO. Wimberly is a Senior Critic at New York Academy of Art. He is also the founder of ART WORLD CONFERENCE, a business and financial literacy conference for visual artists. He and ART WORLD CONFERENCE co-organizer, Heather Bhandari were recently listed in the Observer’s “Arts Power 50: Changemakers Shaping the Art World in 2019.”

About Larry Ossei-Mensah

Larry-Ossei Mensah, Photo credit © Miranda Barnes

Larry Ossei-Mensah uses contemporary art as a vehicle to redefine how we see ourselves and the world around us. The Ghanaian-American curator and cultural critic has organized exhibitions and programs at commercial and nonprofit spaces around the globe from New York City to Rome featuring such artists as Firelei Baez, Allison Janae Hamilton, Brendan Fernades, Ebony G. Patterson, Glenn Kaino and Stanley Whitney to name a few. Moreover, Ossei-Mensah has actively documented cultural happenings featuring the most dynamic visual artists working today such as Derrick Adams, Mickalene Thomas, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Federico Solmi, and Kehinde Wiley. Ossei-Mensah is also the co-founder of ARTNOIR a global collective of culturalists who design multimodal experiences aimed to engage this generation’s dynamic and diverse creative class. Ossei-Mensah is a contributor to the first ever Ghanaian Pavilion for the 2019 Venice Biennial with an essay on the work of visual artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Ossei-Mensah is the former Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at MOCAD in Detroit. He recently co-curated with Dexter Wimberly the critically acclaimed exhibition at MOAD in San Francisco Coffee, Rhum, Sugar, Gold: A Postcolonial Paradox co-curated. Ossei-Mensah is currently serves as guest curator at BAM’s Rudin Family Gallery where he curated the inaugural show featuring the work of Glenn Kaino and will be exhibiting the work of Tiona Nekkia McClodden in spring 2020. Fall 2020, Ossei-Mensah will be co-curating with Omsk Social Club 7th Athens Biennale in Athens, Greece.

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