From a sensation in the photography world to a up-and-coming Senegalese painter, here are a few names you should know from the fair.
Simphiwe Ndzube, On the Unknown Mountain (2018). Courtesy the artist and Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles.
Out of all the fairs taking place this week, the Armory Show is the premier arena for blue-chip art and work by the world’s most established artists. But there are also many fresh discoveries that can be made for those willing to take a closer look. Here are seven artists showing at the fair who we think you’ll be hearing a lot more from in the future.
Omar Ba, Combat de Pachyderme 1 et 2 (2017). Courtesy of Galerie Templon.
The first thing that Galerie Templon sold at the Armory Show preview was a $50,000 diptych on cardboard by the Senegalese artist Omar Ba—”within the first 10 minutes,” according to director Mathieu Templon. “No one knew him three years ago,” Templon said, but now Ba, who splits his time between Dakar and Geneva, is in high demand: The gallery sold one of the artist’s works to the Fondation Louis Vuitton in early 2017 and two others to the Louvre Abu Dhabi this past November. In September, Ba will have a solo show at Templon’s new Paris gallery in the Marais.