1-54 is the first leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. Founding by Touria El Glaoui, the fair holds annual editions in London since 2013, New York since 2015 and Marrakech since 2018. Drawing reference to the fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent, 1-54 is a sustainable and dynamic platform that is engaged in contemporary dialogue and exchange.
From the first millennium, the Sahel—a vast area in Africa just south of the Sahara Desert that spans what is today Senegal, Mali, Mauretania, and Niger—was the birthplace of a succession of influential polities. Fueled by a network of global trade routes extending across the region, the empires of Ghana (300–1200), Mali (1230–1600), Songhay (1464–1591), and Bamana (1640–1861) cultivated an enormously rich material culture. Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara will be the first exhibition of its kind to trace the legacy of those mighty states and what they produced in the visual arts. The presentation will bring into focus transformative developments—such as the rise and fall of political dynasties, and the arrival of Islam—through some 150 objects, including sculptures in wood, stone, fired clay, and bronze; objects in gold and cast metal; woven and dyed textiles; and illuminated manuscripts.
As the world's most buoyant art market, New York City provides the ideal context for a TEFAF Fair outside Maastricht. We are proud to present the second edition of TEFAF New York Spring, with a focus on modern and contemporary art and design. The Fair’s timing in early May is intended to coincide with auctions, exhibitions, and other fairs in New York dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design. The historic Park Avenue Armory provides the prime Manhattan location and setting for the world’s leading art dealers to meet with curators and collectors.
Radical Revisionists: Contemporary African Artists Confronting Past and Present features works by artists from Africa and the Diaspora who problematize Eurocentric tropes of race, representation and prevailing colonial narratives. The exhibition addresses the violent erasure of marginalised histories and the ways in which artists reinterpret familiar themes through contemporary, Afrocentric lenses. As the rich resources of the African continent continue to be coveted by powers around the globe, the selected works, including photography, mixed media, virtual reality, sculpture, and a site-specific installation, speak to the ways in which outside interventions have deeply affected both the people and the landscape. Featured artists include Sammy Baloji, Serge Attukwei Clottey, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Omar Victor Diop, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Zanele Muholi, Robin Rhode, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Mary Sibande, and Pascale Marthine Tayou.
The voodoo religions surround a touch of mysticism and exoticism. Many people associate voodoo with needle puppets and zombies. The reality is much more complex. In fact, the voodoo religions are centuries old and have a comprehensive and abstract theological foundation. They can be traced back to the Yoruba religion in Nigeria and possibly even further back to the ancient civilizations in the northeast of the African continent. Today, as the religion is called in Africa, Vodun is mainly distributed in Benin, Ghana and Togo. Through the slave trade, West Africans arrived in the Caribbean and on the American mainland and with them their beliefs, which in the colonies mingled with Christianity and indigenous religions of America. Especially in Haiti, a separate voodoo variant was formed. But also in Cuba, Brazil and the US there are African-American religions, which are strongly influenced by Vodun and Yoruba. The exhibition is a world premiere and shows for the first time these religions on both sides of the Atlantic in their entirety. On two floors, we present almost 1,200 objects.
The Burgundy Tribal Show is the first international tribal art fair to be held in the countryside. In a rural setting, and a relaxed atmosphere conducive to discovery, the Burgundy Tribal Show offers its audience a distinctly different experience.