Last Sunday, Lagos’s young art cognoscenti, enthusiasts, artists, tastemakers came out in numbers to see the launch of Young Contemporaries 2016, Rele Gallery’s premier exhibition for the year, in collaboration with wine company, Fat Bastard.
The exhibition featured five fast-rising, promising artists; all under the age of 30 who the gallery reckons will be the ones to shake up Nigeria’s art establishment this year or at least will be ones to watch out for. The artists are Dipo Doherty, Logor Oluwamuyiwa, Eloghosa Osunde, Yadichinma Ukoha-Kalu, and Ayobola Kekere-Ekun.
The exhibition seemed to have struck a chord in the art community gauging by the impressive attendance of the young. In this sense, Rele Gallery seems to be leading the way. It is making good on its mission promise to trigger a newfound appreciation of the arts and raise a new generation of enthusiasts, collectors, appreciators and so on.
Before Sunday, it was near impossible to have seen such a multitude of twenty to thirty something year olds in an art gallery. They would be more at home at a concert. The group was also quick to put their money where they newfound interest is. So not only is the gallery mining new followership, its digging out new consumers and customers too.
The art of course was not the only belle of the ball. Recently launched wine company, Fat Bastard also had its fair share of attention. The French establishment touched base in Nigeria last December and has been a hit in art circles since with guests enjoying its rich Red option and the pleasantly sharp yet light White.
The Young Contemporaries Exhibition is on till the 29th of January 2016.