Suriname-born, Dutch artist Remy Jungerman lives and works in Amsterdam and New York. He attended the Academy for Higher Arts and Cultural Studies in Paramaribo, Suriname, before moving to Amsterdam where he studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. In his work, Jungerman explores the intersection of pattern and symbol in Surinamese Maroon culture, the larger African Diaspora, and 20th Century “Modernism.” In bringing seemingly disparate visual languages into conversation, Jungerman’s work challenges the established art historical canon. As art and culture critic Greg Tate has remarked “Jungerman’s work leaps boldly and adroitly into the epistemological gap between culturally confident Maroon self-knowledge and the Dutch learning curve around all things Jungerman, Afropean and Eurocentric.” Jungerman represented the Netherlands at the 2019 Venice Biennale with Iris Kensmil.
Founded in 2013 with two locations in New York City and Beacon, New York, Fridman Gallery represents contemporary artists from around the world, focusing on innovation in a variety of media. The gallery organises critically acclaimed exhibitions, including the first-ever solo shows by long-overlooked pioneers of intermedia art, Milford Graves, Dindga McCannon, and Phill NIblock; the first solo shows in New York by Nina Khatchadourian, Nate Lewis, Ambrose Rhapsody Murray, and Hana Yilma Godine; the visionary bio-art of Heather Dewey-Hagborg; and the sight-specific light installations by Jan Tichy. The gallery is also recognised for its ambitious programme of live events, including the annual New Ear Festival of experimental sound and performance art.
1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair returns to New York from Thursday, May 18 – Sunday, May 21, 2023 (Thursday, VIP & Press preview). The 2023 iteration will be held in a grand modern venue located in Manhattanville Factory District in West Harlem (439 W. 127th St). This year’s New York edition features a total of 26 galleries hailing from across Africa, Europe and the U.S.—from Nevlunghavn to Cape Town and Los Angeles to Lagos, presenting the work of over 80 artists from Africa and its diaspora. Visitors will also be able to explore, connect with, and collect from all the galleries and artists online from May 18 – 31, 2023 at Artsy.