My Highlights from 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair 2014

Robert Devereux
Oct 6, 2014 12:00PM

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.

My Selection:

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      

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

Robert Devereux