1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair is pleased to announce details of the 2023 annual New York exhibition, following the notable success of last year’s return to an in person fair event in Harlem. The 2023 iteration will take place at Malt House in the Manhattanville Factory District (439 W 127th Street) from Thursday, May 18 – Sunday, May 21, 2023. The fair will host VIP and Press previews from 11 am – 7 pm on Thursday, May 18, 2023. Artsy will be hosting the fair online from May 18 – 31, 2023 at artsy.net.
Held annually across three continents, in London, New York and Marrakech, 1-54 is the leading global event series dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. Striving to promote a community of diverse perspectives, including evolving interpretations of the diasporic experience, 1-54 features leading international galleries specializing in contemporary African art. This year’s New York edition features a total of 26 galleries hailing from across Africa, Europe and the U.S.—from Nevlunghavn to Cape Town and Los Angeles to Lagos.
The fair is proud to announce that over half of participating galleries are making their 1-54 New York debuts, while over a third of representative parties maintain a physical showroom in Africa. Newcomers to New York include DADA Gallery (Lagos, Nigeria & London, United Kingdom), KATES-FERRI PROJECTS (New York City, United States), kó (Lagos, Nigeria), LatchKey Gallery (New York City, United States), LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire), Spinello Projects (Miami, United States) and Wunika Mukan Gallery (Lagos, Nigeria).
“It’s an honor to be back in Harlem for what we anticipate will be our largest and best-attended New York fair to date,” said 1-54 Founding Director Touria El Glaoui. “We strive to grow and evolve with each edition and are delighted to be collaborating with several galleries for the first time as well as a breadth of new artists. We look forward to welcoming visitors to the Manhattanville Factory District this May.
Partnerships Now in its fourth consecutive year, 1-54’s continued partnership with Christie’s reflects the fair’s dynamic relationship with the global auction house. The collaboration also demonstrates Christie’s commitment to showcasing contemporary African art to its global client base and enhancing exposure for the fair internationally. Thanks to 1-54’s long-standing partnership with Artsy, visitors will also be able to explore, connect with, and collect from all participating galleries and artists online from May 18 – 31, 2023 at artsy.net/.
The 2023 participant galleries for 1-54 New York are:
50 GOLBORNE (London, United Kingdom) AFIKARIS (Paris, France) DADA Gallery* (Lagos, Nigeria & London, United Kingdom) Duane Thomas Gallery* (New York City, United States) Eric Firestone Gallery* (New York City, United States & East Hampton, NY, United States) Fridman Gallery (New York City, United States) Galerie Atiss Dakar* (Dakar, Senegal) Galerie Carole Kvanevski (Paris, France) Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Paris, France, Dakar, Senegal and Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire) Galerie Number 8 (Brussels, Belgium) Gallery Nosco* (Brussels, Belgium) KATES-FERRI PROJECTS* (New York City, United States) THK Gallery* (Cape Town, South Africa & Cologne, Germany) Wunika Mukan Gallery* (Lagos, Nigeria)
kó* (Lagos, Nigeria) Kristin Hjellegjerde* (London, United Kingdom; Berlin & Schloss Goerne, Germany; Nevlunghavn, Norway; Palm Beach, United States) LatchKey Gallery* (New York City, United States) Loeve&Co* (Paris, France) Loft Art Gallery* (Casablanca, Morocco) LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery* (Abidjan, Côted’Ivoire) Luce Gallery (Turin, Italy) Mehari Sequar Gallery* (Washington D.C, United States) Retro Africa (Abuja, Nigeria) SEPTIEME Gallery* (Paris, France & Cotonou, Benin) Spinello Projects* (Miami, United States) Superposition Gallery (Miami Beach, New York City, Los Angeles, & The Hamptons, United States)
A presence in New York since 2015, 1-54 proudly makes its home in Harlem, a hub for cross-cultural and diasporic exchange. This year’s fair will once again take place in the neighborhood of West Harlem, following a successful return to an in-person event last year at Harlem Parish.
The new location allows the fair to expand considerably in terms of its floor space dedicated to new artists and galleries while continuing to draw visitors and art-world attention toward the historic neighborhood. Designed by GLUCK+ as an adaptive-reuse project, which preserves and builds on a 1917 brewery located in West Harlem, Manhattanville Factory District connects business, retail, and public green space in an exciting mixed-use facility.
1-54 is dedicated to broadening global awareness about the art-historical significance of African modern and contemporary art. Since its first fair in London in 2013, 1-54 has presided over a massive shift in art world awareness and market interest in contemporary African and diasporic art practices, hosting panel events and providing an event calendar dedicated to the aesthetic richness of creative work emerging from the continent and its diaspora.
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