Showing posts from October, 2013

1:54. London and its new Contemporary African Art Fair!

We are only one week ahead before the opening of 1:54, the first Contemporary African Art Fair to be held in London (Somerset House). Exhibitors list's include 17 international galleries with a focus on African and Africa related projects. The name of the Fair refers to the 54 African countries. Fair Founder and Director is Touria El Glaoui, daughter of Moroccan artist Hassan El Glaoui. She is supported by an extraordinary team: Architect David Adjaye made the design and Koyo Kouoh is the Artistic Director.
With aim to foster an axis for ideas, exchange and debate, 1:54 Forum will act as the theoretical substructure to 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. The programme curated by Koyo Kouoh (Artistic Director of 1:54 and Founder of Raw Material Company) will encompass keynote lectures, artist talks, panel discussions and associate film programme, traversing critical themes and perspectives within the sphere of contemporary art, its market and institutions.

Imran Qureshi, artist of the year. First solo show in Rome.

A press conference with exhibition visit and an opening are not enough for this great show by Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi at the MACRO in Rome. Qureshi, won the Deutsche Bank' Artist of the Year 2013 award, the annual recognition for young artists particularly involved in social issues.
Co-curated by Friedhelm Hütte (Global Head of Art at Deutsche Bank) and Bartolomeo Pietromarchi (Director of MACRO), the solo show opened in Rome the 25th of September after its opening exhibition, last April, in Berlin Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle.
Born in 1972 at Hyderabad in Pakistan, Qureshi now lives and works in Lahore where he also teaches miniature painting at the National College of Art.
His work is a precious combination of past tradition and contemporary. He mixes together the ancient Mughal miniature painting (developed around the 16th and 17th century) with a contemporary approach and subjects.

Miniature painting as discipline came into the artist's life during the years at the …