Got to this show this afternoon, and have to say, it was a terrific debut that I hope becomes an annual event. Go visit it!
1:54 fills a huge void in our understanding of African art, whether made by artists living on the Continent or in the diaspora. Held in Pioneer Works in Red Hook, the fair was just the right size, so you could get a taste of what’s going on without being overwhelmed. While many of the artists were from South Africa, there was also art from Mali, Nigeria, Benin, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Ghana, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Kenya and Congo; some are working in their home countries others are in various European and American cities. As for the works, there were a lot of large canvasses, and several textile pieces which, as an embroiderer, I always appreciate. Photography was widely represented, especially glossy super large format portraits in both color and black and white.
It was so easy to talk to the gallery reps, who were super-friendly (for several it was their first time in the Big Apple and they were eager to learn more about our city).