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Top 6 Incredible African Art Exhibitions You Must See Before the End of 2017

It’s easy to forget how lucky we are to receive and share some incredible African art exhibitions happening across cities around the world. How fun is that? Our art calendar is pretty much full this week and for the rest of the year!  But when you lay it out and really see what we have to look forward to, it’s a little overwhelming, isn’t it?  These exhibitions are forward looking, progressive and thought provoking.

Evans Mbugua heads to Gallery of African Art in London. Njideka Akunyili-Crosby‘s stunning art works will be in New Orleans until February 2018. Victor Ehikhamenor explores Benin history through literary at Tyburn gallery and El Natsui will be in Johannesburg as well. I feel a relief for anyone looking for incredible African art exhibitions because surely there’s an exhibition in almost every continent for end of 2017.

This list not only shows the luxury of choice we have to look forward to, but it’s enough to get anyone properly and seriously excited for 2018. From London, Lagos, New Orleans to Johannesburg, check out the top 6 incredible African art exhibitions you should see this week.



1st December 2017 – 27th January 2018

Paris-based Kenyan artist Evans Mbugua returns to the Gallery of African Art (GAFRA) his first solo exhibition in London, DIALOGUE. The art exhibition brings across his latest series of works along with two new installation pieces. What you first notice with Evans Mbugua his how he’s unafraid to use colours. His works are bold and striking “Pop Art” pieces, creating unique print designs (from his graphic design background).


In this new body of work, Mbuguaexplores ‘Dance’ and the way in which the human body communicates through movement – creating expression, showcasing feelings and inspiring varying degrees of emotion in the observer. The interplay between each dance move creates a “dialogue” – a universal language all individuals can relate to.

“I wanted to create some sort of conversation between their different fields of contemporary dancing through my work. I built this series of works as if it were one contemporary dance performance. I find that through the art pieces, from one body expression to another, a dialogue is created. In painting these contemporaries, I invite the spectator to look at their world in a colourful way.”


Omenka Gallery 

‘Dear Nigeria, Dear Friends’

25th November 2017 – 7th December 2017

From November 25 to December 7, 2017, the Literacy Integration and Formal Education (LIFE) Foundation in collaboration with Alliance Française will present Dear Nigeria, Dear Friends, an exhibition of recent works by leading contemporary Nigerian artists Fidelis Odogwu, George Edozie, Alex Nwokolo, Gerry Nnubia, Francis Uduh and Abraham Uyovbisere.

Featuring a diversity of Nigerian art, the exhibition will hold at the Omenka Gallery, Lagos, to fund LIFE Foundation’s literacy projects in Makoko, the economically disadvantaged community on the lagoon beside Yaba, Lagos.

According to founder and president of the LIFE Foundation, Elvira Salleras, “In the last two years, with the invaluable support of sponsors and volunteers, we have executed various projects in that community, including rebuilding a primary school, facilitating 2 medical missions, organising seasonal parties, equipping a school library and distributing books, teaching aids and 1,000 pairs of sandals to school children.”

El Anatsui


25th November – 20th December 2017

Goodman Gallery Johannesburg presents Meyina (meaning ‘I am going’ in Ewe), curated by independent curator and the Director of CCA Lagos Bisi Silva, presents a portrait of El Anatsui by bringing together disparate fragments that form a whole. Alongside seven large-scale sculptural installations, there will be a collection of archival objects on exhibit from Anatsui’s studio, study and library in Nsukka, Nigeria.

This is the first solo exhibition in South Africa of El Anatsui – one of the most influential contemporary artists working today.


Lagos Photo festival

“Regimes of Truth”: The 8th Edition of LagosPhoto Festival

24th November – 15th December 2017

Renowned British-Nigerian fashion designer and art collector Duro Olowu is curating the 8th edition of the Lagos Photo festival. This is a big deal if you have any idea how Duro Olowu has wooed the world with his prints and patterns. Themed Regimes of Truth, this edition explores the pursuit for and presentation of truth in contemporary society, gleaning inspiration from the writings of some of the 19th and 20th centuries’ most influential literary realists and intellectuals.

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From the curator’s statement:

“The 2017 edition of LagosPhoto Festival calls to reflect on these regimes of truths and beliefs, and the fading relevance of the quest for reality in our time. Contemporary photography is the new repository of the fading quest for reality, not by virtue of its supposed freedom, but because it embodies the synthesis and unmasks the contradictions of the knowledge society and its imperative for creativity. It is our point of interdependence and the most democratic tool for social engagement today in the sense that almost everyone can make pictures and share using smart phones.”

LagosPhoto 2017 Artists include:
Lubabetu Abubakar (Nigeria)
James Barnor (Ghana)

Joana Choumali (Ivory Coast)
Kadara Enyeasi (Nigeria)
Samuel Fosso (Cameroon)
Hassan Hajjaj (Morocco/UK)
Nicola Lo Calzo (Italy)
Bas Losekoot (Netherlands)
Mohau Modisakeng (South Africa)
Zanele Muholi (South Africa)
Marilyn Nance (USA)
Jackie Nickerson (USA)
Logor (Nigeria)
Ruth Ossai (Nigeria)
Leonce Raphael Agbodgelou (Benin)
Tabiso Sekgala (South Africa)
Daniele Tamagni (Italy)
Stephen Tayo (Nigeria)

Osaretin Ugiagbe (Nigeria/USA) Giya
Makondo-Wills (UK/South Africa)
Amina Zoubir (France/Algeria)
Liz Johnson Artur (Russia/Ghana)

We’re in for a treat with these incredible African art exhibitions

Save the Date – Lagos Photo 2017 :24th November – 15th December 2017

Victor Ehikhamenor


24th November 2017 – 20th January 2018

We’ve seen some images from the opening of “In the Kingdom of this World” and it’s a must see.The exhibition draws its title from a work of historical fiction by Cuban novelist Alejo Carpentier, who suggested that “man finds his greatness, his fullest measure, only in The Kingdom of This World.” The novel uses Carpentier’s distinctive mode of “marvellous realism” to explore colonial and post-colonial history through the prism of different cultural perspectives, challenging the boundary between reality and narrative.

Ehikhamenor’s new work considers themes of colonial and religious hierarchies and the interaction of people, palace and society across the intersecting histories of the Benin Kingdom and the British Empire. As in Carpentier’s novel, the official history and its supposed reality is subverted by the outlandish and the surreal. The exhibition is now open at Tyburn gallery London.


Njideka Akunyili Crosby


18th NOVEMBER 2017 – 25th FEBRUARY 2018

Prospect.4, is a citywide exhibition that opens November 16-19, 2017 in New Orleans. There are so many reasons why you should know about Njideka Akunyili-Crosby – surreal! You can also find her works across the world in the following hot spots:

  • Prospect.4, New Orleans, from 18 Nov
  • Predecessors, Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY, until 30 Dec
  • Counterparts, Baltimore Museum of Art, until 18 MarchNjideka Akunyili Crosby_Prospect_TheGlowingColours

Lagos to London: Upcoming African Art Exhibitions in June [Part 2]

Check out our picks of the upcoming African art exhibitions in June currently on show at some of the world’s best art galleries.




22nd JUNE 2017

If you’re looking for an authentic African art exhibition in June then you mustn’t miss the exception Gallery of African Art. The Mayfair-based gallery will be featuring the work of Nelson Makamo.

Nelson Mkamo is a South African artist, based in Johannesburg and will be showcasing his first solo exhibition in the UK with Gallery of African Art.

We stopped by Gallery of African Art in Mayfair last week and they are on top of the preparation like i’ve never seen before. It’s a big deal!!!

If you’re keen to see some stunning portraiture, be there on the 22nd for the opening. We will not be missing the talk with the artist on Saturday, which is the most engaging part of an art showcase in our opinion anyway.

Makamo’s work is strongly influenced by the daily life of South Africans, with great emphasis on the portrayal of the innocence of children in the rural areas. Facial expressions, features, emotions, and body language all come to life in his canvas. The artist uses variety of mediums such as: charcoal, oil paints, watercolour, silkscreen, monotype printing techniques, and pen and ink.


About The Gallery Of African Art (GAFRA):

The Gallery of African Art (GAFRA) aims to present established and emerging artists to new audiences within the global art market.

Exhibition Information:

Private View: Thursday, 22nd June | 6 – 9pm

Exhibition: 23rd June – 9th September 2017

Visitor Information

Opening times: Monday – Friday, 10am-6pm | Saturday, 11am-5pm

Admission: FREE

Gallery of African Art (GAFRA), 45 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4JL

Nearest Underground Station: Green Park (Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines)




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Lagos is buzzing with interesting art exhibitions like never seen before.

In times where political and social awareness have become undeniably present in people’s mouth. This Lagos-based artist is bringing the topic to centre stage at Omenka Gallery.

Adeola Balogun will be showcasing Bubbles of Emotions from June 17 to July 1, 2017 at Omenka Gallery.

The artist Adeola Balogun describes Bubbles of Emotion as a body of work that attempt to reflect on heart-wrenching narratives both at my immediate environmental and at global space; the atmosphere has never been this charged! “Over the years, the polity had been polluted by bad governance; ethno-racism/nepotism, social injustice and corruption, all the vices becoming intractable and a constant barrage in our collective psyche. Frustration had led many to embark on perilous journey in foreign climes, seeking for greener pasture where it does not exist.”

I don’t think you’re allowed to leave this exhibition without feeling awake in terms of issues related to social justice and current affairs. Definitely one to go to.




9 JUNE – 15 JULY 2017

Ndidi for president…

London Gallery Rosenfeld Porcini is showcasing the art works of the incredible Nigerian artist Ndidi Emefiele for the first time. Although the art has held several art exhibitions across the world, this showcase comes just when we needed it.

We’ve seen Ndidi’s work evolve so beautifully. For the past 9 months, she has worked on a new body of work which is now on display in the Rosenfeld Porcini gallery space. As usual, her works centre primarily on independent, self-reliant, fun, free-spirit, assertive and combative characters. Created via mixed media and aimed to stir a conversation on the role of women within contemporary Nigerian society.

Ndidi’s works are influential and you will understand why many years to come.

If you haven’t seen Ndidi’s works before, this is the occasion to definitely pop over to Rosenfeld Porcini.


37 Rathbone Street, London W1T 1NZ
Telephone: +44 [0]20 7637 1133


There is also an entrance to the gallery at

36 Newman Street, London W1T 1QH

Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday 11-7pm
Saturday 11–6pm


General enquiriesinfo@rosenfeldporcini.com

Press enquiriespress@rosenfeldporcini.com

African Art! 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Returns to New York

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair will return to New York from May 6-8, 2016! The second U.S. edition of the fair will take place at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where the New York edition of 1:54 launched in 2015, and will coincide with Frieze Art Week as tradition.

The 2016 New York edition of 1:54 will showcase 17 galleries from 9 countries, in addition to an impressive selection of works by over 60 artists working in various artistic mediums and who come from a unique blend of geographical backgrounds, comprising 25 countries: Angola, Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Italy, Kenya, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Madagascar, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Togo, Tunisia, United Kingdom, USA and Zimbabwe.

1:54 will also include an educational and artistic programme curated by Koyo Kouoh and includes lectures, film screenings and panel debates featuring leading international curators, artists and art experts.

Check out some of the images from the London 2015 edition here: Link 1, Link 2

African Art Guide Italy: Adejoke Tugbiyele in Florence

A new African art exhibition in Florence features the works of distinguished artist Adejoke Tugbiyele. The exhibition is titled ReSignifications and currently on display at New York university’s Villa La Pietra in Florence, Italy until November 2015. ReSignifications is curated by Nigerian scholar and NYU Professor of Drama and Africana Studies Awam Amkpa in conjunction with the conference Black Portraitures. 

Adejoke Tugbiyele-African-art-exhibition-TheGlowingColoursThe exhibition brings together established and emerging artists from around the world to engage critically with historical and contemporary representations and objectifications of black bodies. The artists on display include Adejoke Tugbiyele – Awol Erizku – Chriss Aghana Nwobu – Damien Davis – Delphine Diaw Diallo – Delphine Fawundu – Derrick Maddox – Elizabeth Colomba – Flavio Cerquera – Hassan Hajjaj – In-Flux – Joanne Savio – Justin Randolph Thompson – Kiluanji Kia Henda – Laylah Amatullah Barrayn – Lyle Ashton Harris – Malik Nejmi – Mario Macilau – Nashormeh Lindo – Nora Chipaumire and Ananya Chatterjee – Riccardo Cavallari – Russell Watson – Sara Shamsavari – Shantrelle P.Lewis.

Adejoke Tugbiyele-African-art-exhibition-TheGlowingColoursAdejoke Tugbiyele‘s work was also recently shown at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London, and on the exhibition A River Depends on it Tributaries, curated by Jeanne Brasile, at Seton Hall University’s Walsh Gallery in New Jersey.



A Look Into the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair 15 – 18th October 2015

OmenkaGalleryFrieze art fair kicks off in London this week, we also gearing up for the most important African art fair in our opinion, that is, 1:54 Contemporary art fair. Despite recent reports of increase of fake contemporary African art,  interest in art from Africa continues to rise and auction houses are diversifying their portfolio.

1:54 art fair has stood out as a source of inspiration for African art lovers and seems to provide stability in the rapidly expanding market place. Artists, curators, buyers, art lovers, gallery owners and sponsors will make their way to London to celebrate African art.

Omenka Gallery will present the works of the talented Nigerian Artist Ndidi Emefiele whose works are a constant piece of inspiration for our Instagram followers.

October gallery is expected to exhibit a range of works from different artists under its management including Sokari Douglas Camp, Ablade Glover, Nnenna Okore, Adejoke Tugbiyele, Julien Sinzogan, Romuald Hazoume and Eddy Kamuanga Llunga.

London’s Jack Bell Gallery are spotted putting up the works of popular artist Aboudia. They will be exhibiting some pieces of Boris Nzebo on their booth as well.

1:54 officially opens to the public 15 October at Somerset House London. Keep an eye on our instagram feed for all the updates. The fair ends on 18 October 2015.

It’s Official! 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Comes To New York 15-17 May

We first brought the news about the upcoming 1:54 African art fair to be held in New York on our facebook page (CLICK HERE). We are thrilled to confirm that it’s officially happening this May. African most important artists and curators will be heading to New York for the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. This is definitely a great news for African art. Find the full press release and information on the 1:54 African art fair New York:

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair New York

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, a leading transnational platform dedicated to promoting African and Africa related art practices and projects, will make its New York debut on May 15-17, 2015, with a press and VIP previews on Thursday, May 14. The fair will take place at Pioneer Works | Center for Art + Innovation in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and will be designed by RA Projects, award-winning London-based architecture and design studio.

Founded in 2013 by Touria El Glaoui, 1:54 has established itself at the forefront of the rapidly emerging contemporary African art market, with an expert selection of participating galleries and artists and its ambitious lectures and panel discussions with some of the art world’s key thinkers. The U.S edition, 1:54 NY, will showcase 15 select galleries hailing from global territories such as South Africa, Nigeria, Morocco, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, the UK and the USA to showcase over 60 emerging and established international artists.

A reference to fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent, the title of 1:54 establishes the parameters of the fair’s ethos: as a platform that strives to represent multiplicity and showcase the diversity of contemporary African art and cultural production on an international stage. The New York edition will present a wide range of artistic voices including established and celebrated artists who have paved the way for future artistic generations, and a fast-growing number of promising emerging talent.

Spanning several generations and diverse mediums, including painting, sculpture, photography and installation, the selection includes works by Edson Chagas, star of the Angolan Pavilion – awarded the prestigious accolade for Best National Participation at the 55th Venice Biennale; Prix Pictet shortlist photographer Sammy Baloji; Malian artist Abdoulaye Konaté; Tunisian artist and researcher Nidhal Chamekh; Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama; and Nigerian curator and artist Lavar Munroe; many of which have been selected for presentation at this year’s 56th Venice Biennale. New York art-goers will likely recognize numerous artists establishing a global presence, such as Aboudia and Boris Nzebo from Jack Bell Gallery (London), Maïmouna Guerresi and Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze from Mariane Ibrahim Gallery (Seattle), and Joël Andrianomearisoa from Primo Marella Gallery (Milan).

“It gives me great pleasure to move beyond the fair’s original parameters and over geographic borders to inaugurate the New York edition this year,” says its director Touria El Glaoui. “Contemporary African art is continuing its rise to the fore as it is granted the attention it duly deserved. In light of this, it seems only right that 1:54 would spread its wings to land in New York, where established and emerging African artists and artists of the African Diaspora are leading a burgeoning contemporary art scene that communicates across international geographies. The New York edition will retain the intimacy and charm that the setting of London’s Somerset House has made possible, and as always, will showcase the highest caliber of art to date, in an unrivalled setting.”

The fair is also bringing to New York its critical conversations series, Forum, curated by Koyo Kouoh (Artistic Director, RAW Material Company). Forum looks to reexamine present and future notions of 21st century African diasporic identities as traversed, negotiated and performed in the arenas of intellectual, cultural and artistic practices. A special focus will be given to important voices active in the current millennium.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Confirmed speakers across the two-day event include acclaimed artists Lyle Ashton Harris and Melvin Edwards; Professor of African and African American Art History at University of California, Los Angeles, Steven Nelson; Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Franklin Sirmans; Curator of African Art at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Ugochukwu-Smooth C.Nzewi; and Associate Professor at Cornell University, Margo Natalie Crawford, Ph.D., as the keynote speaker. Joining the panel discussion ‘Global Black Subjectivities: Here and Now’ will be Ethiopian born American artist Julie Mehretu, Associate Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Naima J. Keith, and Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at Brooklyn Museum, Rujeko Hockley. The full program details will be announced at the end of April.

For the second consecutive year, Artsy is the official online partner of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. Collectors and art enthusiasts can explore 1:54 NY, inquire on works for sale, and view special features such as highlights selected by art-world insiders on Artsy.net and the Artsy iPhone app.

Artsy’s exclusive online preview of 1:54 NY opens May 12, where users may view works and contact galleries with inquiries before the opening of the physical fair. The fair microsite will remain live on Artsy throughout the length of the fair, with new works updated daily. For those visiting the fair in person, the Artsy iPhone app functions as a personal mobile guide for navigating the fair and researching exhibitors, artists, and artworks. A quick tap displays exhibitor listings and booth locations; background information on artists and artworks – including artist biographies, articles, and price details; and lists of other complementary works at the fair.

Location: Pioneer Works | Center for Art + Innovation 159 Pioneer Street Brooklyn, NY 11231
Opening Hours: Friday, May 15 12-8 pm Saturday, May 16 12-8 pm Sunday, May 17 12-6 pm
Admission: Day pass: $10 Week pass: $20 Students: $5

Participating galleries: A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia / Afronova, Johannesburg / Art Twenty One, Lagos / ARTCO Gallery, Aachen / Axis Gallery, New York / Bennett Contemporary, Cape Town / CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg / Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan / Jack Bell Gallery, London / Magnin-A, Paris / Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Seattle / NOMAD Gallery, Brussels / Primo Marella Gallery, Milan / SMAC Gallery, Cape Town / VOICE Gallery, Marrakech

About Touria El Glaoui – Founder of 1:54 – Born and raised in Morocco, Touria El Glaoui is the daughter of one of the most revered living Moroccan artists, Hassan El Glaoui. She has organised and co-curated significant exhibitions of her father’s work including a major retrospective in Casablanca and Meetings in Marrakech, a joint exhibition with Winston Churchill‘s paintings hosted in Leighton House, London. She has a life-long passion for African art. Touria holds an MBA in Strategic Management and International Business from? Pace University, New York. She began her career in the banking industry as a wealth management consultant before moving to London in 2001 where she undertook various business development positions in the Telecom/IT industry. She has spent over five years working between London, various African countries and the Middle East in a business development capacity, and is a member of the Executive Committee of The Friends of Leighton House, London and a trustee of the Marrakech Biennial.

About Pioneer Works – Pioneer Works, Center for Art and Innovation is dedicated to the creation, synthesis and discussion of art, science and education. Located in Red Hook, Brooklyn, the Center gathers artists, scientists and creative thinkers to collaborate outside the boundaries of traditional institutions where specialization often limits the application of ideas across disciplines. Through a community devoted to creative discourse and collaboration, Pioneer Works is a platform where ideas can manifest into their fullest expression. The Center enacts its vision for a more complex, creative and productive society through educational programming, exhibitions, publications, residencies, lectures and performances. Housed in a reclaimed former iron works factory, Pioneer Works is a non-profit organization.


Photo: Paul Sika, ‘Dandelia #1′, 2012, Photographic print mounted on light box, Edition of 2, 60 x 90 cm, Courtesy of Galerie Cécile Fakhoury

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