Frieze week highlights: contemporary African art comes to London

Samuel Reilly, Apollo, October 7, 2021

[...] There’s no better time than Frieze Week to appreciate the sheer amount of contemporary African art you can see in London these days. Partly this is thanks to 1-54 contemporary African Art fair, which has coincided with Frieze London and Masters since 2013 – but it’s also a knock-on effect of the rapid growth of gallery infrastructure across the continent of Africa itself. Addis Fine Art opened in 2016 as the first white-cube space in Ethiopia – five years on, the gallery has just opened its first permanent outpost in the UK capital: a two-storey space in Fitzrovia, where it will continue to promote modern and contemporary art from the Horn of Africa. First up is Nirit Takele (b. 1985), who paints robustly rotund characters in primary colours, often entangled in complex configurations; her work depicts Ethiopian communities in Israel, where her family emigrated in 1991 (8–30 October). [...]

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