My Highlights from 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

In a smaller world where many concepts are repeated, contemporary African artists offer a fresh and unique perspective rarely seen in the major capitals. While many pieces from the fair should be part of a museum’s permanent collection, I have made a varied selection that individual collectors could adopt. Since we all respond to art in different ways, I chose to limit my description to my initial response, or impression of each piece, to a few words. 

My Selection:

Soly Cissé, Adaption, 2014, at Primo Marella Gallery

Visual rhapsody.

Dominique Zinkpè, Complicité, 2011, at In Situ - Fabienne Leclerc

Mystic twist.

Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo, Kitoko (Beautiful), 2013, at Primo Marella Gallery

Provocative vogueing.

Ouattara WattsDon’t panic, think., 2008, at (S)ITOR/Sitor Senghor

Scientific elegance.

Gérard Quenum, L’angoisse du gardien de but au moment du penalty (The Goalkeeper’s Fear of the Penalty’), 2010, at October Gallery

... and all for one!

Maïmouna Guerresi, Surprise, 2010, at M.I.A. Gallery

We are all drawn in. 

Aboudia, Untitled, 2014, at Jack Bell Gallery

Trapped by the factory.

Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou, Untitled triptych (Demoiselles de Porto-Novo series), 2012, at Jack Bell Gallery

Hidden exposure.

Peju Alatise, The Rapture of Olurombi’s Daughter, 2013, at Art Twenty One

A culture on trial.

Explore 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair 2014 on Artsy.

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