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The African case, an art market in the making

Art Market | In 1989, not only did the exhibition “Magiciens de la Terre” reverse prejudice but it also predicted an emerging art market. From 2004 to 2007, Africa remix, an itinerant exhibition led by curator Simon Njami, presented the continent’s plurality as a vital strength. The renowned exhibit, which has travelled between Düsseldorf, London, Paris, Tokyo, Stockholm and Johannesburg, altered the contemporary art ecosystem, which started articulating new market structures dedicated to the African continent.

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Nwantinti, 2012 © Njideka Akunyili Crosby
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Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Nwantinti, 2012
© Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Although African art is already represented in major events such as FNB Joburg Art Fair (one of the continent’s leading art fairs), Cape Town Art Fair in South Africa or LagosPhotos Festival founded by Azu Nwagbogu in Nigeria; in recent years we have witnessed the emergence of foreign fairs dedicated entirely to contemporary African creation. Founded in 2013 by Touria El Glaoui, 1 : 54 Contemporary African Art Fair takes place in two of the art market’s most dynamic capitals : London and New York (since 2015). The Parisian fair […]

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Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Nwantinti, 2012 © Njideka Akunyili Crosby Vue de l’exposition Africa Remix, “The Townshipwall n° 10“, Antonio Ole (2004) © Courtesy de l’artiste

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Nwantinti, 2012
© Njideka Akunyili Crosby

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