African Art in the City: your ultimate guide to fairs & exhibitions this month

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African Art events Scheduled in London
African Art events Scheduled in London

Welcome to the most important art week of the year. Frieze is upon us, and London is awash with art events. The City is also temporary transformed into the pulsating global centre of Contemporary African Art with the upcoming auction at Bonhams and Sotheby’s. Here is your guide to the main African Art events scheduled in London during Frieze week and the month of October.

  1. 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair – (4-7 Oct)

1:54 Contemporary art fair returns to London’s Somerset House from 4th to 7th October. 43 galleries representing over 130 artists are expected at the event that runs concurrently to Frieze London.
Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

  1. Somerset House – “Athi-Patra Ruga: Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions.” (4 Oct – 7 Jan)
    This will be South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga’s first solo show in the UK, and it is one of the special projects of the fair.
    Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
  2. Bonhams: “Africa Now” viewings – (30 Sept – 4 Oct)
    Bonhams will exhibit the selected 122 artworks ahead of the “Africa Now” auction scheduled on Oct 4th.
    101 New Bond Street, London, W1S 1SR
  3. David Zwirner: -“Kerry James Marshall History of Painting” (3 Oct – 10 Nov)
    The gallery will be presenting new paintings by Kerry James Marshall who continues to challenge stereotypical representations of black people. The artist also ventures into new territories with some bold abstract paintings and examines the politics of the art world.
    24 Grafton Street, London, W1S 4EZ.
  4. Sotheby’s Modern and contemporary African Art Auction (16 Oct)
    The selected 99 artworks will go on display from 12 Oct through to the day auction.
    34-35 New Bond Street, London, W1A 2AA
  5. Stephen Friedman Gallery – Yinka Shonibare (3 – 6 Oct)
    Solo presentation of Yinka Shonibare’s hand-painted sculptures in the Fitzrovia Chapel.
    2 Pearson Square, London W1T 3BF.
  6. October Gallery: “Aubrey Williams” (until 27 Oct)
    Discover the work and legacy of the visionary artist, Aubrey William.
    24 Old Gloucester St, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 3AL
  7. Vigo Gallery: By His Will We Teach Birds How To Fly Ibrahim El-Salahi in Black and White” (until 26 Oct)
    Curated by Salah Hassan & Toby Clarke, this exhibition showcases Ibrahim El-Salahi’s drawings over the last 70 years.
    21 Dering Street, London, W1S 1AL
  1. Saatchi Gallery – “Salon 008 Forests and Spirits Figurative Art from the Khartoum School” – (until 25 Nov).
    An immersion into Khartoum school’s artistic movement through the work of 3 artists: Salah Elmur, Kamala Ishaq and Ibrahim El-Salahi.
  2. Autograph – ABP: “Omar Victor Diop: Liberty / Diaspora” (until 3 Nov 2018)
    A photographic journey through Black excellence and resilience.
    Rivington Place, London, EC2A 3BA.
  3. Jack Bell Gallery: “Zombi” (3 – 19 Oct)
    Boris Nzebo, the artist who looks at society through its hairstyle, returns for his 6th Solo show.
    13 Masons Yard, St James’s, London SW1Y 6BU
  4. Tyburn Gallery: “Dissolution” – (3 Oct – 17 Nov)
    Economic disparity and mining landscape are the main themes that inform the sculptural practice of Michel Mathison.
    26 Barrett Street, London, W1U 1BG
  5. 50 Golborne – Emo De Medeiros: Chomatics” (6 Oct – 3 Nov)
    Emo De Medeiros explores the means to fight against racism through “a series of mirrors, paper works, textile works and a video.”
    50 Golborne Rd, London, W10 5PR
  6. Gallery of African Art: “Hassan Musa – The Chicken Conspiracy – Paintings and Calligraphy” (until 24 Nov)
    45 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London, W1S 4JL
  7. Tiwani Contemporary: “The Turquoise Meat Inside” (until 27 Oct)
    British artist Zina Saro-Wiwa explores the landscape and the lives of the people in the Delta region (Nigeria).
    16 Little Portland Street, London, W1W 8BP
  1. The Koppel Project: “Cu–Culture & Tradition: Same Experience, Different Local” (5 Oct – 16 Nov)
    10 Nigerian artists examine the notion of cultural identity in their country, at the crossroads between tradition and modernity.
    The hive, 26 Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2AT
  2. Genesis by Adelaide Damoah (2 Oct – 30 Oct)
    1 Bedford Avenue, WC1 3AU
  3. The Africa Centre “SANKARA | The Upright Man” (5 – 14 October)
    Pierre-Christophe Gam revisits the life and legacy of Thomas Sankara, the revolutionary leader of Burkina Faso.
    66 Great Suffolk St, London, SE1 0BL
  4. The Showroom : Women on Aeroplanes | Lungiswa Gqunta, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum and Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa (3 October 2018 – 26 January 2019)
    The exhibition examines the systemic erasure of women and their contribution to the fight for independence in the African Nations.
    63 Penfold Street, London NW8 8PQ
  5. Rosenfeld Porcini: “Ndidi Emefiele – Pets, Parties and a Cuddle” (4 Oct – 12 Nov)
    For her second solo show at the Gallery, Ndidi Emefiele “challenges the historically held vision of women” through a series of portraits and works on paper.
    37 Rathbone Street, London W1T 1NZ

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