1-54 New York
Has its names implies, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair is a fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa. It runs three annual shows: 1-54 London, 1-54 Marrakech and 1-54 New York. The name is inspired by the fact that 54 diverse countries make up one great continent. 1-54 New York was established in 2015 to accommodate the rising interest in African art. Approximately 10,000 visitors attend this show that takes place at the same time as Frieze New York in May. With 24 galleries from Africa, Europe and the USA displaying paintings, collages, photography and sculpture, there is a diverse range of outstanding work to view and purchase at 1-54 New York. Pieces start at affordable prices to ensure the art is accessible to a wide audience.
Due to the spread of coronavirus, 1-54 New York has been postponed until May 2021.
Touria El Glaoui shares her views!
1-54 New York 2021
The Caldwell Factory
547 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001
May 2021: TBA
Concession Ticket: $15
1-54 New York © Katrina Sorrentino
Insights 1-54 New York
Touria El Glaoui
What would you say is the DNA of 1-54 New York?
Established two years after our London edition in 2015, 1-54 New York is the leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora in the USA. Striving to promote diverse perspectives, 1-54 features leading international galleries specialising in contemporary African art, accompanied by a 1-54 Forum talks and Special Projects programme.
What type of galleries are chosen to exhibit, and why?
Although based across the globe, the shared denominator between all our galleries is that they specialise in the representation and promotion of artists from Africa and its global diaspora.
What is the price range of pieces? Who is the average buyer?
$1000 – $150,000.
Our buyers are both experienced and new collectors, like our other editions we always ensure the price range at the fair is broad to ensure there is an entry point for collectors of all experience and backgrounds.
“The New York edition is distinctive because of the strong African American community that presents work, attends and collects at the fair.”
Who is the typical attendee of 1-54 New York?
1-54 is open to everyone who is interested, from art enthusiast to established collector. We are not interested in addressing one specific audience. Rather we hope that we can continue to create an inviting, vibrant and multicultural environment. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and across generations to attend, not just to connect with the artistic expressions of Africa and its diaspora but also with one another.
What makes 1-54 New York so special?
The New York edition is distinctive because of the strong African American community that presents work, attends and collects at the fair. The fair in New York is increasingly becoming a space that amalgamates this complex diaspora with the equally complex cultural body of individuals and work based in Africa, creating unique connections and collaborations. We are also increasingly seeing more galleries and individuals from the African diaspora in South America and the Caribbean engaging with this edition in particular.
What are two other art fairs you would suggest?
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