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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair: Beyond the return to Marrakesh
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Entrance 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair
Entrance 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair Marrakesh

The Marrakesh edition of the Contemporary African Art fair 1:54 returned from February 21st to 24th.

With a total of 18 galleries and 60 artists, the fair held at the luxurious hotel La Mamounia remained a compact show even when compared to the London and New York editions.

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7 ways love is depicted in the work of black visual artists
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Seidou Keita

From Rodin’s marble sculpture to Rembrandt’s Jewish Bride and Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss, love has long been a reoccurring and popular theme in art. What is less so, is the representation of Black people showing the same sentiment.

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An Arty start to 2019: 9 Contemporary African Art exhibitions not to miss in London
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Jean David Nkot, Po Box 237_Dream Ligne 2018, Courtesy Sulger-Buel Lovell
Jean David Nkot, Po Box 237_Dream Ligne 2018, Courtesy Sulger-Buel Lovell

The consistent, upward trajectory of the African Art market shows no signs of abating. If anything, 2019 is promising to be yet again another record-breaking year after an extraordinary 2018.

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2018: An Afrocentric art world review
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Painting Papa Ibra Tall, The Warrior, 1966
Papa Ibra Tall, The Warrior, 1966

2018 has been an outstanding year for artists hailing from Africa and the diaspora. “African art” or more globally “Black Art” inclusive of artists from the diaspora remains a niche within the art world worth $63.7 billion

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The Shadowed People: Preserving humanity as the ultimate act of heroism
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Saidou Dicko, Happyness
Saidou Dicko, Happyness

At almost 40 years of age, artist Saidou Dicko has retained some of his childhood characteristics that are serving him well today, including a vivid imagination that fuelled his love of storytelling. Saidou Dicko has always told stories. As a young Fulani shepherd, the characters of his stories were forged by the elements.

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A captivating journey through Traditional African Ceremonies
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Left: Bamileke Elephant Mask, Cameroon | Right: Pende Kitenga Mask, DR Congo
Left: Bamileke Elephant Mask, Cameroon | Right: Pende Kitenga Mask, DR Congo

An extraordinary collection of photographs in the double volume book, African Twilight, uncovers the vibrant world of traditional ceremonies and rites of passage from birth to death.

The sheer numbers associated with Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher’s work is startling: 40 years spent travelling across the continent, photographing 150 communities in 48 of the continent’s 54 countries.

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The Disunited States of Africa
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Nú Barreto, Africa-renversante, renversee at Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris
Nú Barreto “Africa: Renversante, renversée,” Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris.

Nú Barreto’s gripping show “Africa: Renversante, renversée” confronts the Pan-African dream with the unpalatable reality of a fragmented continent.

Amidst the big headlines and hashtags of #Africaisthefuture, #Africanow, Nú Barreto’s first solo show at Galerie Nathalie Obadia is a hard-hitting exhibition,

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Piasa’s Contemporary African art auction exceeds expectation with €1M sales.
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Cristiano Mangovo Brás, Les cartes, 2018
Cristiano Mangovo Brás, Les cartes, 2018. Image from Piasa’s catalogue

The 8th edition of Piasa’s dedicated African Art auction closed with €1Million sales, above the total pre-sales high estimate of €885,900.

Piasa’s excellent Contemporary African Art sales were driven by 52% of the artwork being sold for at least twice their high estimate, largely making up for the 32% (53 lots) that had remained unsold.

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Nigerian Hybrid Culture through the eyes of 10 emerging artists
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Williams Chechet, Sani One Blow, 2016
Williams Chechet, Sani One Blow, 2016

There is historical evidence that the Portuguese were present on the west coast of Africa in the 15th Century. Present day Nigeria fell under British Rule in the 19th century with the official protectorate signed only in 1901.

What happens to people’s identity and culture after at least six centuries of international trade,

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Monthly round up: A look back at October
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Charles White, Nobody Knows My Name
Charles White, Nobody Knows My Name, Swann Galleries Catalogue

As expected, Frieze London prompted a host of activities and exhibition previews that made for a very hectic month. Elsewhere, from New York to Washington to Lagos, the global African Art calendar has been filled with events and significant achievements. Here is a recap of October to help you keep track of all the major news you may have missed.

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