ARTSY X 1-54 New York

19 may – 6 june 2021

Artsy x 1-54 New York is now closed. Our long standing partnership brought you the best of contemporary African art online. We hope you enjoyed the opportunity to explore, connect and collect amongst 26 international galleries and over 450 artworks.

1-54 Forum

This year’s edition of 1-54 Forum, The Vehicles and the Vessels*, considered the role of the artists and creative spaces as vehicles and vessels that share our human narratives and as chroniclers of our accomplishments and failures. The programme focused on narrative dissemination through visual art and the role of creative spaces in (re)telling as futures are mapped and built in the erraticism of the present.

See the full programme here.

*Oral History Project: Dindga McCannon by Philip Glahn

Carollina Lauriano (independent curator), Igi Lola Ayedun (artist and founder, HOA Galeria), Thiago De Paulo Souza (curator and researcher) will be discussing the importance of contemporary Afro- Brazilian art to Black art scenes on May 27.


THe 1-54 New York APp

The 1-54 App was available for download, on which you could explore the artists’ profile, visit their viewing rooms, access the 1-54 Forum programme and register to attend webinars in advance and much more!

James Barnor, NIFA NIFA, 1974, Lambda print, 70 x 70 cm, Edition of 10 + 1 AP (#2/10). Courtesy of October Gallery.


Knotted Ties exhibition at Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza, New York

15 – 26 May 2021

Knotted Ties, a curated selection of works by women artists who use textiles in their practice was held at Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza from the 15 -26 May. The exhibition contemplated the pluralism of the medium as well as narratives portrayed and expressed through fabric and thread. The works included the exhibition illustrate both the power and strength of textile work and its capacity to convey humanity’s entangled histories, challenging social landscapes, and complex realities. These works instigate debate while also offering the idea of mediative resolve through resilience, reminding us of the importance of community nurturing and constructive dialogue as we create futures through uncertain times.

1-54 Online, powered by Christie’s

17 – 23 May
Following the success of London and Paris, we were pleased to continue our partnership with Christie’s to create and host a globally accessible online platform. Each virtual booth featured works from each gallery, offer 360° viewing rooms, as well as provided a spotlight series on individual artists.

1-54 Online, powered by Christie’s brought together 26 international galleries: 50 Golborne, AFIKARIS, Afriart Gallery, DADA Gallery, De Buck Gallery, Duane Thomas Gallery, EBONY/CURATED , espace d’art contemporain 14N 61W, Fridman Gallery, Galerie Atiss Dakar, Gallery 1957, Hafez Gallery, HOA Galeria, Jack Bell Gallery, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, LatchKey Gallery, Loft Art Gallery, LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery, Luce Gallery, Nil Gallery, Nuweland, October Gallery, OOA Gallery, Retro Africa, ROSS-SUTTON Gallery, Sulger-Buel Gallery.

Marlon Amaro, Puro sangue, sangue puro, 2020, Oil, spray, glitter and collage on canvas, 110 x 190 cm. Courtesy of HOA and @WallaceDomingues.