Friday, 11 October 2013

London to host international African art fair

The first international fair dedicated to modern and contemporary African art is scheduled to take place at Somerset House in London between October 16 and 20, 2013.
The fair, which was founded by Touria El Glaoui, daughter of celebrated Moroccan artist Hassan El Glaoui, will feature contemporary works across the 54 countries that constitute the African continent, while reflecting the multitude of artistic canons within its compass. Spanning several generations of diverse artistic practices, itwill showcase 15 attentively selected galleries from Abidjan and Nigeria, through to London, Berlin and Seattle to present over 70 emerging and established African artists.

Taking place during Frieze Week, the new fair builds upon the burgeoning popularity of contemporary African art and presents a rare opportunity to explore the rapidly emerging African art market in an environment supported by some of the most influential people and organisations in the art world. From painting to sculpture and photography the fair will present visual African art in its many dynamic forms giving collectors, art enthusiasts and culture-seekers the chance to be the first to experience and engage with African art on this level.
To mark the inaugural year, internationally acclaimed Ghanaian-born British architect David Adjaye, winner of 2013 RIBA International Award, will design unique elements of Somerset House’s West Wing.
“The fair will offer visitors the chance to experience and engage with contemporary art from Africa and the African Diaspora like never before. The fair aims to provide galleries, curators, artists, art centres and museums from Africa and those working with Africa-related projects with a unique platform to promote art by established and emerging talent to an international audience,” the founder says.


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