Springtime for contemporary African art?

Africa has been rousing huge interest on the international art market for some time now. As the AKAA, a Parisian fair for contemporary African art and design fair opens, Art Media Agency has turned its gaze to events related to the African art scene. A panorama. 17,000 visitors gathering just to see African art! As a reference name in contemporary African art, the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair attracted 40 galleries representing 18 countries to its third edition, held in October 2016 in London. In terms of sales, the edition can also be considered a success. In particular, a record price of about €337,000 was recorded for a work by Caribbean artist Zak Ové. “This is an encouraging reflection of the growing popularity of contemporary African art,” observes the fair’s founder, Touria El Glaoui. In Paris, where African-themed events and exhibitions have multiplied in the last two years, a new contemporary African art fair has just emerged. Called Also Known As Africa, this first contemporary African art and design fair to be organised in France presents around thirty galleries, about half of which hail from Africa. Time will tell whether AKAA will reach the same scale as 1:54. For now, its founder, young French-American Victoria Mann expresses modest hopes of welcoming between 5,000 and 8,000 visitors. The burgeoning of the contemporary African art market can also be seen in the rise in the number of other fairs turning their attention to Africa, for example this year’s Armory Show in New York or else the 2017 Art Paris Art Fair. Despite the continent popping up everywhere in this way, the number of fairs which concentrate solely on contemporary African art remains limited. And let’s remember that the biggest international contemporary-art fairs don’t always pay much attention to Africa. Until 2015,...

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Art Basel Hong Kong 2017

Since its creation in 2013, the Hong Kong branch of Art Basel has managed to transform its adoptive city into a huge playground dedicated to contemporary art. While October is coming to an end and major international cities have already hosted their respective fairs — such as Paris with its FIAC —, Art Basel Hong Kong is announcing its list of exhibitors. The art fair’s fifth edition will be welcoming 241 galleries from 34 countries. Three sections have been created to distinguish the galleries’ programmes: Galleries, Discoveries, Insights and, for the first time, the Kabinett Sector. Among the participants, new galleries are joining the fair, such as the König Galerie and Galerie Buchholz. Ten Asian galleries are entering the programme to defend the region’s artistic scene. The full list can be consulted on the web site of the fair, to be held from 23 to 27 March 2017 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition...

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Venice Biennale 2017: new artists

The 57th edition of the Venice Biennale, to take place from 13 May to 27 November 2017, has announced its new selected artists. While France will be represented by Xavier Veilhan, five artists have been chosen to illustrate their respective countries: Hammad Nasar, will be representing the United Arab Emirates through an exhibition on play. Spain will be represented by Jordi Colomer, while artist Sharon Lockhart will defend Poland through a project on adolescence. Manuel Ocampo will represent the Philippines and James Richards will be participating on behalf of...

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Must-sees at the 15th KIAF in Seoul

One of the most important international art fairs focusing on the Asian scene has just closed. This year, Taiwan was the guest of honour at the KIAF in Seoul, presenting works frorm eleven galleries. A total of 170 international galleries were invited to the event. The Galleries Association of Korea — the body behind the fair — summoned 130 international art-market personalities to come and discover the different stands. This fair helps strengthen KIAF’s role on the Korean scene, but also raises the international visibility of emerging artists on the Asian scene. In 2016, eight artists stood out: Choi Jeong Hwa, SeYeol Oh, YunKyung Jeong, Kim ByungJong, Haegue Yang, Seongmin Ahn, Yoon Suk One and...

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9th Edition of ”Prix MAIF pour la sculpture”

The list of artists selected for the 9th edition of Prix MAIF pour la sculpture has been published. The finalists are: Guillaume Aubry, François-Noé Fabre, Raphaël Faon & Andres Salgado, Pascal Jounier Trémelo and Laurence de Leersnyder. The 9th edition of Prix MAIF pour la sculpture provides an emerging artist the possibility to create a brass sculpture. To be selected, the artists had to prepare a model of their project at 1/1 scale as well as a video, allowing the jury to make its decision. The MAIF stakeholders were also invited to vote in the final jury which included Dominique Mahé, MAIF chairman, Chiara Parisi, Director of Cultural Programs of the Monnaie de Paris, Marianne Lanavère, Director of the Centre international d’art et du paysage de l’île de Vassivière, Emmanuel Daca, head of workshop for the Fonderie Chapon de Bobigny, as well as Anne Langlois, Director of 40mcube in Rennes, Marie-Anne Ben Maïz, Gaël Charbeau and Vincent Barré. The winner of the 9th edition of Prix MAIF pour la sculpture will be announced at the end of September and the winning sculpture will be made in two copies, one for the artist, and one for the...

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