My Highlights from 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair 2014
Having attended the inaugural 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair last year, I look forward to returning to London next week for its second edition. The fair has expanded considerably, with strong representation from galleries and independent art centers based in Africa. For me, it’s a great opportunity to see recent work by artists known to me as well as be introduced to new or unfamiliar talent. My selections here are a mix of work by established and emerging artists; they range from the spare delicacy of Younès Rahmoun’s drawings to Athi-Patra Ruga’s fantastic utopian imagery. The inclusion of the late modernist Ernest Mancoba’s work provides an historical dimension to the fair and also a reminder of the longstanding participation of Africa’s artists in the global art world.