ART X Lagos West Africa’s premier international art fair returns this November

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Untitled (2018) by Joy Labinjo. Photo courtesy of ART X Lagos.

ART X Lagos returns to the business district of Victoria Island set to showcase the best and most innovative contemporary art from the African continent and diaspora for the 3rd time.

Dubbed ”West Africa’s premier international art fair”, will  hold from Nov. 2 to Nov. 4, and host 18 international galleries including Art House – The Space (Nigeria), Addis Fine Art (Ethiopia), Circle Art Agency (Kenya), Stevenson Gallery (South Africa), Gallery 1957 (Ghana), Tafeta (United Kingdom), Tiwani Contemporary (United Kingdom), Nike Art Gallery (Nigeria), and Out of Africa Gallery (Spain) amongst others.

Tilbug Sun (2017) by Cyrus Kabiru. Photo courtesy of ART X Lagos.

For the first time, ART X Lagos will welcome artists from featuring Paul Onditi and Cyrus Kabiru from Kenya, in an effort to widen Nigeria’s connection to the contemporary African art world. The fair will feature keynote artist Yinka Shonibare MBE who will be celebrated with an exhibition highlighting his career.

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Other programs to look out for this year include ART X Talks, Interactive Projects and ART X Live. Curated by Missla Libsekal, the ART X Talks series will feature engaging discussions from key stakeholders in Africa’s art economy.

Arthouse – The Space – Courtesy of Art X Lagos

Since its launch in 2016, the fair has hosted 15,000 attendees and some of Africa’s most sought-after established and emerging artists.

“We are validated in our decision to develop this vital platform for the growth and increased visibility of African artists and galleries,” Tokini Peterside, founder and director of ART X Lagos, says in a press release. “We look forward to welcoming a vast and varied, local and international audience as we seek to reinforce Lagos’ position as an emergent cultural capital on our continent.”

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