West Africa’s first art fair draws thousands to Lagos, Nigeria

Building upon its successful 2016 debut, ART X Lagos 2017 boldly reinforced Nigeria and Africa’s growing credentials on the global contemporary art scene. Consolidating its position as West Africa’s premier international art fair, 2017 saw a 50% increase in visitors. On loan from Access Bank to the fair and welcoming guests to the exhibition hall, were the famous seven wooden sculptures by Nigeria’s greatest modern artist Ben Enwuonwu MBE. The works were originally commission by the Daily Mirror in 1960 and had never, until now, been publicly displayed in Nigeria. This unveiling coincides with the artist’s 100th natal anniversary. An outdoor installation, Smile, by Olatunde Alara, commissioned by Absolut to tackle the theme ‘Artist as Citizen’, also welcomed guests to the venue. A colouring danfo, designed by Olalekan Jeyifous and curated

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