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African art may get London fair

Fair will be international, de luxe and is planned for 2013

Africa is increasingly seen as the continent of opportunity, and where there is economic vigour, the West starts looking for new talent to feed the market. So African art could now be getting its own international fair, from 14 to 20 October 2013, to coincide with Frieze. Its name is 1:54, there being 54 sovereign countries in Africa. Touria El Glaoui from Marrakech has already raised much of the £500,000 needed to stage the fair in Somerset House, although more funds are still needed. The fair’s artistic director will be Koyo Kouoh, recently the artistic adviser to this year’s Documenta, and the architect will be David Adjaye, while the bespoke tailor Ozwald Boateng and the artist Hassan Hajjaj will advise on design. Glaoui aims to have up to 25 carefully selected galleries for the first edition, and believes the fair would promote African visual culture, give artists, writers and curators an international platform and generate money for the long-term development of the art scenes in the various African countries.

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11 Jan 13
15:14 CET

RICHARD MUDARIKI, CAPE TOWN

This will be a great showcase for African art and artists. This fair will have my 100% full support and wish everyone involved the best of success

5 Dec 12
22:34 CET

MICHAEL NICOLL YAHGULANAAS , VANCOUVER

I will be interested to see the interplay of Anthropology and Art, a frequent dance here on the west coast of North America. After all even Damien Hirst owns a Haida totem pole.

26 Nov 12
16:2 CET

ELISHA ONGERE, NAIROBI

It is good African Art is getting recognition it deserves. Let African Art compete with the other Arts. African art has been based solely on creativity, originality and power of mysterious. We need to give it space. It gave birth to Abstract Art that made Picasso, Matisse and Braque famous. Thanks, Artist Elisha Ongere

15 Oct 12
15:15 CET

ZIGGI GOLDING, BRACKNELL

The perfect time to do this. You have my support 100%. I have a parallel concept with the Caribbean.

12 Oct 12
14:49 CET

SUE STEWARD, BRIGHTON

a reminder of the recent excellent exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery, UK, "We face forward - Art from West Africa." Accompanied by a superb book. Not sure if it will tour, but it should. included are Romuald Hazoume, El Anatsui, Charles Okereke, Nyaba Leon Ouedraogo.

12 Oct 12
14:48 CET

CHIKA ART ADIELE, LAGOS STATE

Welcome to my world of Art-ivity

11 Oct 12
22:29 CET

BROMLEY, MADRID

At last!! Africa is being reckoned with. I am so pleased about the African art fair. Is there anything one can do to help?

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