The annual Dubai Art Fair recently opened in the Emirati city, showcasing works from across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.
Modern African art was well represented with works by over 17 artists, but the two main African artists who stood out at this years’ event are Daniel Kojo Schrade and George Afedzi Hughes, whose works sold between $5,000 and $50,000.
The featured works reflected the diversity of African art with a variety of media from traditional painting, photography, video and sound art.
Despite the various African works on display only one gallery from sub Saharan Africa was represented but his did not dampen the enthusiasm.
“For the first time you are not labeled as African in a corner,“said Kofi Setordji, artistic Director of the Nubuke Foundation.
In recent times African art has attracted the attention of museums and private collectors boosting prices but there was apprehension that the current global economic slow down could dampen sales.
The fair is billed as one of the leading art shows in the world.