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A scaled back 1-54 African Art Fair returns to London this 8-10 October 2020

36 exhibitors from 17 countries will participate in a new blended online and offline model for the upcoming 1-54 London fair. Among them, 29 exhibitors will display physical presentations in an intimate setting at Somerset House, for this edition of 1-54 London. All exhibitors will showcase work at 1-54 Online Powered by Christie’s (which will be available from 7 to 12 October 2020). (main image: Nonzuzo-Gxekwa-The-Queen-Edition-of-8-plus-2-AP-2019-Archival-inkjet-print-on-semi-gloss-paper-42-x-59.4-cm-29.7-x-42-cm.-Courtesy-THK-Gallery)

1-54 Online Powered by Christie’s will offer virtual booths that feature up to 30 works from each gallery, as well as providing a spotlight series on individual artists, all of which will be globally accessible. A curated pop-up exhibition including one seminal work from each exhibitor will take place in the Duke Street Gallery within the Christie’s Headquarters at King Street, on view to the public from 6 to 12 October 2020.

1-54 is implementing, in collaboration with Somerset House and compliance with all national regulations, strict sanitary measures to ensure everyone’s health and security, including a one-way circuit through the fair, cleaning measures, hands free systems, limited capacity control at all times and an allocated pre-booking online portal.

This year, 1-54 Forum is curated by Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba of Contemporary And (C&) and Contemporary And América Latina (C&AL) and is titled I felt like a Black guy from New York trapped in Peru. Taking place both at Somerset House and online across three afternoons, 1-54 Forum will be engaging in critical discussion and exploring Afro-Latin American, Caribbean and African perspectives. Read more here…

Thanks to 1-54’s long-standing partnership with Artsy, visitors will be also able to explore, connect and collect from all the galleries and artists online from 7 to 22 October at Artsy. Download the Artsy app ahead of our launch to begin your collecting journey today.

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