ART WEEK LDN '16 From Bonhams to 1:54 with a touch of Frieze

The busiest time of year for art lovers hit the capital and I came, saw and conquered Art Week and its festivities (just about!)

Kicked off by the champagne popping, Bonhams 'Africa Now' fashion, music and art  event held in association with Standard Chartered Private Bank, The Dangote Foundation and Cuppy Otedola - this Art Week was set to be bigger and better than years past.

Contemporary African art was the focus - of course - and 1:54 Contemporary African art fair officially stole the show with artists such as Moffat Takadiwa, Zak Ové, Namsa Leuba and Aida Muluneh as its stars.My itinerary was centred around 1:54 so I was a busy bee meeting artists, curators and buyers at organised shindigs such as the collector's breakfast and cocktail evening parties.

I also managed to pop into Christie's Vanity Fair Contemporary Art Party that was heaving with the bold and the beautiful. A Lynette Yiadom-Boakye piece took my breath away and it was wonderful seeing not only African art but also a female African artist displayed at the British establishment. Perhaps Chrsitie's will finally follow suit after Bonhams and Sotheby's and have a contemporary African art department? (watch this space).

Frieze I found disappointing this year. Once again, the lack of African artists was obvious and it is somewhat embarrassing that the fair still refuses to recognise that contemporary African art is a growing movement. Having two South African galleries is not a good enough representation of the current art market! Thanks goodness for 1:54 I guess.

Favourite evening was most certainly Gallery 1957's party at Momo that saw everyone (my boss included) on the dance floor shimmeeing to hits by the beautiful and talented Wiyaala; and old school Destiny's Child tracks. 

Christie's hosted an exclusive evening together with Zeitz Mocaa (Africa's first major museum of contemporary art, opening September 2017) with talks from 'Mr Mocaa' himself, Jochen Zeitz. 

The Gallery of African Art wound up the week's activities with a cocktail evening showcasing the works of Momar Seck and closing statements from artist Victor Ehikhamenor, and fabulous gallery owner, Mrs Cooper.

It has truly been a wonderful art week, and rest is much deserved by all! Check out photos and videos of all I got up to below:

 

DAY ONE

Bonhams 'AFRICA NOW' Event

04.10.16


DAY TWO

Collectors Breakfast and Private View @ Somerset House

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair '16

05.10.16


DAY THREE

FRIEZE and Gallery 1957 cocktail evening @ Momo

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair '16

06.10.16

 Fun @ Frieze 

Fun @ Frieze 

 "The Young Lioness of Africa"  WIYAALA   

"The Young Lioness of Africa"  WIYAALA

 


DAY FOUR

Gallery of African Art (GAFRA)

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair '16

07.10.16


Till the next one! 

A.

xo