ArtWa News: 1-54 Fair London Dedicates Forum Program to Late Bisi Silva and More News


RENEWED ATTENTION ON BEN ENWONWU. Leading up to Sotheby’s auction of Enwonwu’s newest discovered portrait, Christine, on 15 October, New York Times looks at the famous artist’s soaring prices—attributed to the growing international market for Nigerian and African art by Hannah O’Leary; and Oliver Enwonwu reminisces about his father. [NYT]

1-54 LONDON OPENS ON THURSDAY WITH FORUM PROGRAM DEDICATED TO BISI SILVA. The seventh edition of the Contemporary African Art Fair, which runs from 3 October until 6 October, will feature 45 galleries, a special projects program that will run till January 2020 and a talks program focused on the legacy of the Nigerian curator, late Bisi Silva. Preview featured works and prices on Artsy. [Artsy]

IBRAHIM EL-SALAHI EXHIBITS AT 1-54 LONDON. Ahead of his solo exhibition at the Contemporary African Art Fair, Financial Times looks at the 89-year-old Sudanese artist’s career. El Salahi, who founded the Khartoum School in the 1960s and had his first international exposure through the Mbari Artists and Writers Club in Nigeria, became the first artist of African birth to have a Tate Modern retrospective in 2013. [Financial Times]

DINEO SESHEE BOPAPE SHORTLISTED FOR ARTES MUNDI PRIZE. The South African artist is one of six artists shortlisted to win the 9th edition of UK’s biggest art prize founded to … for contemporary art. The winner of the £40,000 Prize will be announced in January 2021 during a four-month exhibition at the National Museum Cardiff. [BBC]

BERLIN MUSEUM TEMPORARILY RETURNS ARTEFACTS TO NAMIBIA FOR EXAMINATION. “We believe that these objects can only really be defined by the people who used them,” says a member of the team of Namibian and German museum experts working on a project to research Namibian objects in Berlin’s museum collections. [Omenka]

CONTEMPORARY ART THRIVES IN HARARE. Post-Mugabe, Zimbabwe is enjoying an unlikely boom in contemporary art, despite an economic crisis and unstable, sometimes violent, politics. The success is linked to its problems, the artists say. [The Guardian]





DANDELION EGHOSA: ‘UNSPOKEN RUDIMENTS’ AT RELE GALLERY. From Sunday, 29 September till 10 November, the 2018 Young Contemporaries Alumni, in her first solo exhibition, presents ‘Home’—series re-visiting childhood experiences, and ‘Is This A Woman?’—series addressing societal prejudice against the unconventional. These complement her short film exploring the meaning of love from the perspectives of older women in Ekpoma. [RELE]


Otobong Nkanga, In Pursuit of Bling: The Transformation 2014. Courtesy: the artist/Lumen Travo, Amsterdam
Otobong Nkanga, In Pursuit of Bling: The Transformation 2014. Courtesy: the artist/Lumen Travo, Amsterdam


ANATSUI, MAE WEEMS, KENTRIDGE, SHONIBARE, OTHERS AT GOODMAN GALLERY LONDON. For its inaugural exhibition holding from 3 October till 2 November 2019 in its new space in London, the South African gallery will present seminal works, by major artists, exploring how varying approaches to exposing painful collective memories and experiences could initiate healing. [Goodman Gallery]

OTOBONG NKANGA: ‘FROM WHERE I STAND’ AT TATE. The Nigerian artist in her first UK museum survey, presents new site-specific wall painting, a sculptural installation and a performance, alongside older paintings and photographs—some exhibited for the first time. Nkanga received a Special Mention at the 58th Venice Biennale for her ongoing exploration across media into the politics of land, body and time. [C&]


Featured Image: Kelani Abass, Scrap of Evidence (Egbe Akorin Obinrin), Courtesy: SMO Contemporary Art/Artsy

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