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African Art Fair 1-54 presenting contemporary creations

The 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair has announced the exhibitors participating in its sixth London edition. From October 4-7, 42 galleries from 21 countries will present work at Somerset House, with work by some 130 artists from 33 nations.

 “Following the launch of our inaugural Marrakech fair in February and our fourth New York edition in May, we have gone on to develop new audiences for contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora across three fairs and three different continents. The growth and popularity of the fair is a real testament to the shift away from Euro-centric art-historical narratives” – Touria El Glaoui, founding director of 1-54—which started in London before adding satellite edition in the United States and Kingdom of Morocco —said in a statement.

Of the 42 exhibitors in London this year, 16 are from Africa. Eleven of the galleries will show at the London edition of the fair for the first time, including  James Cohan, Burning in Water, and ADN Galeria.

Contemporary African artists at rise

Contemporary African artists have been gaining appreciation on the international art market, a boom that’s been confirmed through record sales at auction.

However these artists remain part of an emerging market niche, as the Quartz news website pointed out: “For all the excitement around African contemporary art,” it wrote in March, “the continent still accounts for a fraction of the global art market.”

Art Basel‘s latest global art market analysis, “The Art Market 2018,” showed that combined sales of African and South American art constitute less than four percent of last year’s international market share. The US, China and the UK still strongly dominate the market, largely because these richer countries count more art collectors.