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1:54 The New Face of African Art in North America?

Contemporary African art is growing into a more coveted commodity within a terse global art market. The emergence of art fairs such as 1:54 could signal a rise in seamless commercial platforms for…

Where Art Thou? Distance and Visibility in Contemporary Art Practice in Africa and the Diaspora

Where Art Thou? Distance and Visibility in Contemporary Art Practice in Africa and the Diaspora

Art in its many incarnations is a cultural ‘product’, whether hung on the walls of a museum, a private home or left in the atelier of its maker. From the moment it takes shape…

Separate But Equal, Negotiating Art Market Demand & Discourse

Separate But Equal, Negotiating Art Market Demand & Discourse

In 2010, Giles Peppiatt, director of African art at British auction house Bonhams made a revelatory assertion on the art market. “Look at the other markets — no one buys a van Gogh…

To Be or Not to Be [ African] Is That Even The Question, Identity in Contemporary Art Practice in Africa and the Diaspora

To Be or Not to Be [African] Is That Even The Question, Identity in Contemporary Art Practice in Africa and the Diaspora

Benjamin Disraeli once said that “news is that which collides from the North, East, West, and South, and if it comes from only one point on the compass, then it is a class…

In Focus | Art & Commerce

In Focus | Art & Commerce

In July 2012, I met 1:54 founder Touria El Glaoui where she first spoke about her efforts to launch the upcoming London art fair focused on contemporary art from Africa. The fair was…

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