The first edition of 1:54 was a gem of an art fair: a wealth of new and exciting works and the time to engage with them among gallerists and artists. The second brings an even broader spread of work and choosing highlights has been at best an arbitrary exercise. Though it’s a useful hook, there is of course not such thing as African art so there is no particular theme to my choices—just a world of wonderful variety. Here are 12 artists whose work I love. There are many more to be found.
Otobong Nkanga, Alterscape stories : Spilling Waste, 2006-2014, at In Situ - Fabienne Leclerc
Abdoulaye Konaté, Composition n°1, 2011, at Primo Marella Gallery
Nnenna Okore, Everything Good shall Come to Pass, 2014, at October Gallery
Ernest Mancoba, Untitled, 1985, at Galerie Mikael Andersen
Amadou Sanogo, a votre avis, 2014, at Magnin A
Romuald Hazoumè, Magnum, 2003, at Magnin A
Meschac Gaba at In Situ - Fabienne Leclerc
Dominique Zinkpè, Cotonou by night, 2011, at In Situ - Fabienne Leclerc
Sammy Baloji, Untitled #25, 2006, at Galerie Imane Farés
Moffat Takadiwa, Head Spin, 2014, at First Floor Gallery Harare
Jems Koko Bi, Untitled, 2014, at Galerie Cécile Fakhoury - Abidjan
Peju Alatise, Girl Interrupted, 2014, at Art Twenty One
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