African Art Takes Centre Stage as Miami Art Week Looks to Lagos
The 2019 edition of Miami Art Week is scheduled to hold in the first week in December and will devote one of its major fairs to contemporary African art. Tagged Èkó Miami, the name of the fair is derived from the native name of Africa’s most populous city and one of the world’s fastest-growing cities – Èkó (Lagos). This is the first time Africa will be taking centre stage at this global event which will host over 20 international art fairs, 1,500 galleries, 15,000 artists and is expected to attract 15,000 visitors over a period of three days.
According to Toks Ogun, “In the first week of December of every year, Miami becomes the epicentre of the art world as it hosts thousands of artists, galleries and international art fairs. Èkó Miami will bring to the world stage the most prolific and profound works from both masters and emerging artists that Africa has to offer, as well as an extensive and enlightening educational program that includes discussions, workshops and other cultural immersions from the African landscape. This focus on African art is an indication that African artists are making significant inroads into the global scene. Bonhams, Sothebys, Christies and other renowned International Auction Houses are beginning to pay serious attention to us”.
Ogun further stated that the aim of Èkó Miami is to promote and support indigenous emerging and established artists and galleries, as well as the further appreciation of our arts and culture on a global scale.
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