Posts tagged with ‘african art’

  • 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London, 2016

    1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair has announced the galleries exhibiting in the fourth edition of the London fair, taking place in Somerset House from 6 – 9 October. 1:54 will showcase carefully selected and diverse presentations by 40 of the world’s leading galleries specialising in contemporary African art.

    The 2016 edition of the fair will feature 40 galleries from 18 countries: Côte d’Ivoire; Denmark; Egypt; Ethiopia; France; Germany; Ghana; Italy; Kenya; Morocco; Nigeria; Portugal; South Africa; Spain; Tunisia; United Kingdom; United States and Zimbabwe.

    17 galleries will exhibit at the London fair for the first time in 2016: 50 Golborn; Addis Fine Art; AGorgi Contemporary Art Gallery; Barnard Gallery; Caroline Pagès Gallery; Galeria 111; Circle Art Gallery; Eric Hussenot Gallery; Gallery 1957; Gallery of African Art (GAFRA); Jenkins Johnson Gallery; L’Atelier 21; Officine dell’Immagine; Sulger-Buel Lovell; TAFETA; Tyburn Gallery; and Village Unhu.

    Over the past four years 1:54 has established itself as a leading voice in the global discussion on contemporary African art, and this year will spotlight the work of over 110 African and African Diasporan artists, working in various different mediums and coming from a unique spread of geographical backgrounds comprising 30 countries: Algeria; Benin; Cameroon; Côte d’Ivoire; Democratic Republic of Congo; Ethiopia; France; Germany; Ghana; Italy; Japan; Kenya; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Morocco; Mozambique; Nigeria; Russia; Senegal; Sierra Leone; South Africa; Sudan; Switzerland; Togo; Tunisia; Uganda; United Kingdom; United States and Zimbabwe.

    This year 1:54 will again be accompanied by FORUM, the fair’s extensive talks and events program, including lectures, film screenings and panel discussions with international curators, artists and art professionals. FORUM is curated by Koyo Kouoh, Artistic Director of RAW Material Company, Dakar.

    Full List of Participating Galleries:

    50 Golborn (London, United Kingdom)
    Addis Fine Art (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
    AFRONOVA GALLERY (Johannesburg, South Africa)
    AGorgi Gallery (Tunis, Tunisia)
    APALAZZOGALLERY (Brescia, Italy)
    Art Twenty One (Lagos, Nigeria)
    ARTCO Gallery (Aachen, Germany)
    ARTLabAfrica (Nairobi, Kenya)
    Axis Gallery (New York, United States)
    Barnard Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa)
    Caroline Pagès Gallery (Lisbon, Portugal)
    CIRCA Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
    Circle Art Gallery (Nairobi, Kenya)
    Eric Hussenot Gallery (Paris, France)
    Galeri Mikael Anderson (Copenhagen, Denmark)
    Galeria 111 (Lisbon, Portugal)
    Galerie Anne De Villepoix (Paris, France)
    Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire)
    Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana)
    Gallery of African Art (GAFRA) (London, United Kingdom)
    GVCC (Casablanca, Morocco)
    Jack Bell Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
    Jenkins Johnson Gallery (New York/San Francisco, United States)
    L’Atelier 21 (Casablanca, Morocco)
    Magnin-A (Paris, France)
    Mariane Ibrahim Gallery (Seattle, United States)
    Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art (Cairo, Egypt)
    October Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
    Officine dell’Immagine (Milan, Italy)
    Primo Marella Gallery (Milan, Italy)
    Sabrina Amrani Gallery (Madrid, Spain)
    Selma Feriani Gallery (Tunis, Tunisia)
    (S)ITOR / Sitor Senghor (Paris, France)
    Sulger-Buel Lovell (London, United Kingdom)
    TAFETA (London, United Kingdom)
    Tiwani Contemporary (London, United Kingdom)
    Tyburn Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
    Vigo Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
    Village Unhu (Harare, Zimbabwe)
    Voice Gallery (Marrakech, Morocco)

    For more information

    1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair
    Date: 6–9 October 2016
    Venue: Somerset House, London

    Header image: Adejoke Tugbiyele (USA/Nigeria), Homeless Hungry Homo, 2014. Palm stems, Yarn, perforated metal, African mask, one dollar bills, 76 x 152 x 60 cm. Photo: Jonathan Greet

  • The Africa Centre Summer Festival 2015

    This year’s edition edition of the Africa Centre Summer Festival takes place on Saturday, the 1st of August. ‘August in Africa’, will be held in Covent Garden’s iconic Piazza on Saturday, August 1st from 12pm-10pm and will explore the theme of portraiture through contemporary photography. Everyone with an interest in Africa will have an opportunity to celebrate and experience first-hand the best of African culture, including exhibitions, workshops for children and adults, pop-up fashion and dance shows, entertainment, live music, delicious African food and much, much more. And it’s FREE!

    Asa the Parisian born Nigerian singer songwriter will be performing at 8.15pm in the Piazza so definitively worth a visit with friends.

    In addition, you can try on (or even buy) Urbanknit clutches, totes, blazers and more at the Vou Brown Boutique stand.

    Hope to see you there!


    WHERE: Covent Garden Piazza, London

    WHEN: August 1st, 12 – 10 PM


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  • Nike Davies-Okundaye: A Retrospective

    Nigerian artist Nike Davies-Okundaye currently has a retrospective exhibition of her work spanning more than 40 years at the Gallery of African Art in London.

    Time: October 9th to November 22nd, 2014

    Where: Gallery of African Art

    9 Cork Street,

    London W1S 3LL.

    Tel: +44(0)207 287 7400



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  • Contemporary African Art: Sokari Douglas Camp

    Yoruba Ladies– image courtesy of


    Sokari Douglas Camp is a sculptor who works primarily in steel. She was born in 1958 in the Kalabari town of Buguma in southern Nigeria. She studied art at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California, earned her BA degree at the Central School of Art and Design, London and her MA from the Royal College of Art. Douglas Camp now lives in London with her husband, Alan Camp who is an architect.

    Douglas Camp is internationally recognised for her large-scale sculptures in steel which has led to her work being acquired by various institutions like the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, the British Museum in London, Setagaya Art Museum in Tokyo and so on, all for their permanent collections.


    Material Salsa– image courtesy of


    She has been awarded many commissions for public memorial sculptures, most notably the “Living Memorial” to Ken Saro-Wiwa. In 2003 her proposal NO-O-War No-O-War-R was shortlisted for Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth.  In 2005, Douglas Camp was awarded a CBE in recognition of her contribution to the arts.

    I have been a fan for a number of years and was glad to see more of her work including the lovely Yoruba ladies shown above at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London.

    Please have a look at the beautiful stories told by this artist.

    For more information on Sokari Douglas camp visit:





  • Fabulous Finds: Nike Art Gallery

    During last week’s Social Media Week, I finally got round to visiting Nike Art Gallery in Lekki. I loved it. It was full of what I can only refer to as treasure! A fantastic array of African art all under one roof.

    Sculpture, painting, metalwork; it had everything. I can certainly not do it just in words so here are a few pictures. There are four levels to discover new favourites. I don’t think it’s a one day only type of visit. I spent quite some time but will definitely be back to take more of it in.




    Joseph Eze Art

    Artist- Joseph Eze

    On the tour we were introduced to many new artists on the scene as well as some of the old masters. I will look further into their work and write about some of them in later posts. One of my personal favourites was Joseph Eze, whose work I have seen before but I was unable to identify.

    He does these beautiful women with threaded hair. They are beautifully adorned and interestingly each and every symbol/motif on the canvases has a meaning. I will explore further!


    Red Bull Metal Sculpture

    Red Bull Metal Sculpture

    In the meantime, if you are in Lagos make sure you visit!

    Address: 2 Lekki-Epe Expy, Lekki, Nigeria
    Phone:+234 813 154 8613
    Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm




  • Contemporary African Art: Zak Ove

    Zak Ové   Time Thief   2010
    Mixed Media (Antique African mask / Various found objects)   210 x 75 cm / 82 5/8 x 29 1/2 in 
    I Image courtesy Vigo Gallery

    I first came across this dude at the Contemporary African Art Fair in Somerset house last October and I was blown away. He had presence, he had swag and he was elegant all at the same time!

    Zak Ové is based in London with roots in Trinidad. His work crosses between sculpture, film and photography. He is represented by the Vigo Gallery. Click to see more of his work and to find out more about the artist.


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  • Majestic African Textiles

    I always talk about events happening in London or in Lagos so for a change here is something for those of you who are state-side! Indianapolis to be precise.

    Majestic African Textiles are being showcased at the Indianapolis Museum of Art with an array of royal and prestigious garments on display. The pieces have intricate detailing and embellishment which is often in traditional African fabrics of the highest quality. The collection is said to consist of over 60 pieces from across North and sub-Saharan Africa.

    I can spot some aso-oke even from the preview images so I am sold and would really love to see this.

    So if you happen to be in the area and go, drop us a line to let us know what you thought.

    DATE: May 3, 2013-March 2, 2014


    Indianapolis Museum of Art
    4000 Michigan Road
    Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-3326

    ENTRY: free!


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