By Nii B. Andrews

With Spring at a full trot, this weekend marks the fourth edition (since 2015) of the prestigious 1-54 Fair in New York City.

The 1-54 Contemporary Art Fair was founded by Touria El Glaoui in 2013; the debut was in London.

It presents artists and galleries from Africa’s 54 countries in order to exhibit their tremendous creative output for art lovers, curators and museums.

UNTITLED: Anane Asare, acrylic on canvas, 63 x 91 cm, 2001. Signed lower left. Private collection, purchased from the artist.

El Glaoui explains, “Art has the power of asking questions.

What I hope is that people who see contemporary African art for the first time will leave with a new curiosity to learn more about some of the artists they’ve discovered or the countries where they’re coming from.

This fair is about opening minds.”

1 -54 gallery crawl; Marrakech 2018; Janine, Damali and Edith.

The current New York fair will feature 21 international exhibitors and a star studded line up of 60 African artists.

In addition, there is a comprehensive program of seminars, panel discussions and special projects.

Street panorama; Brooklyn Brownstones – blue stone pavements, herbage, intricate iron railings, soaring stoops to detailed imposing doorways….Flava!

Brooklyn – the pulsating, multicultural borough – will be the primary location; specifically, the Pioneer Works.

The fair runs from May 4- 6, 2018.

Brownstone interior – parquet floors, high ceilings, moldings, wooden shutters, floor to ceiling windows, wicked area rug, eclectic furniture
…yeah, that’s it!

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