James Green

  • Left: Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, and 1:54 Contemporary African Art founding director Touria El Glaoui. Right: 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. (Photos: Alejandro Hincapié).
    diary May 22, 2015

    Studio 54

    CONCURRENT WITH FRIEZE, the contemporary African art world had its own village fete: the New York edition of London-based 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, which opened last week at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Inaugurated during Frieze London in 2013, the original fair drew over six thousand visitors to Somerset House, with that number rising to ten thousand in October 2014. With the New York iteration, founder Touria El Glaoui, daughter of the celebrated Moroccan artist Hassan El Glaoui, intends to establish 1:54 as the go-to platform for African contemporary art.

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