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True Africa: 5 must-see booths at 1:54 African art fair in NYC

Richard Taittinger Gallery

Walking through the space for Richard Taittinger Gallery, the artwork of Frances Goodman will likely stand out. Even from a distance you will surely notice the image of Nelson Mandela displayed on a giant currency note, and large sculptures which resemble flowers protruding from the wall.

As you stop for a closer view, you then realise these seemingly ordinary artworks are far from normal: the Mandela bills are made of tightly-sewn sequins and the large flowers are equally deceptive – they are made of (likely hundreds) of painted acrylic nails. Goodman especially works with materials associated with women and beauty, and feminism and sexuality. Her artworks at 1:54 are worth a close look.

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