Explore 1-54 African Art Fair Online and More News

Friday, 15 May 2020

EXPLORE 1-54 CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR ONLINE EDITION. From 4th till 31st May, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair holds its first online fair. Explore hundreds of artworks from more than 80 artists from Africa and the diaspora on Artsy website. Down this special Artsy App to visualise artworks from the fair at home through augmented reality. The App enables you to virtually place the artworks on your walls through its ‘View in room’ feature. [Artsy]

DIGITAL PROJECT TO UNITE 5000 LOOTED BENIN ARTIFACTS ONLINE. A German museum, with the cooperation of the Benin Dialogue Group, is planning to publish online all known Benin bronzes and other artifacts looted by British soldiers in the invasion of the Benin kingdom in 1897. “For decades we have asked to receive an overview over the scattered Benin holdings worldwide. Finally this is going to happen,” says Prince Gregory Akenzua. The platform will be launched in 2022. [The Art Newspaper]

FRIEZE VIEWING ROOM PRESENTS WORKS BY ANATSUI, SHONIBARE, AMANZE AND OTHERS. For the online edition of Frieze New York holding from 8th till 15th May 2020, Frieze offers visitors the opportunity to enter over 200 virtual viewing room spaces; view video art, narrative content and prices of works amongst other things. [Frieze]

ZOHRA OPOKU, AMOAKO BOAFO ET AL ON CREATING DURING LOCKDOWN. As the world deals with the states of isolation required to conquer Coronavirus, Zohra Opoku, Joana Choumali, Amoako Boafo, Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi and Tariku Shiferaw use the time to further experiment, reflect and challenge their art both figuratively and intellectually. [Wallpaper]

RESURGENCE OF BEN ENWONWU. Named Africa’s greatest contemporary artist by Time magazine in 1949, but relegated to background subsequent decades, Enwonwu, as with African art, is experiencing a renaissance—thanks to the rise of the internet, social media, and the growth of a vibrant art and gallery scene in Africa. [Quartz Africa]


Featured Image: Alimi Adewale, ‘Untitled,’ 2019. Courtesy of Nil Gallery/Artsy