South African art shines at the Armory Show

Simphiwe Ndzube’s The Theft of Fire (Diptych), on view at Nicodim gallery’s booth at the Armory Show
Courtesy of Nicodim gallery

Two years after the Armory Show’s Focus section offered a cross section of African galleries (the geographic frame was abandoned thereafter), dealers and young artists from South Africa, already in the spotlight with the opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, have made a particularly strong showing at this year’s fair (8-11 March), as US audiences encounter themes of racial dialogue, self-definition, and hope that resonate strongly in the Trump era.

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