LONDON — Though Touria El Glaoui is the daughter of Hassan El Glaoui, the celebrated Moroccan figurative painter who died in June, she never thought she would end up working in the art world. In fact her father tried to steer her, and her three older sisters, away from the creative sector because he knew how hard it was to make a career in visual arts.
It worked for a while. After Ms. El Glaoui completed an M.B.A. in New York, she worked first in banking and then moved to London, traveling between the Middle East and Africa on business development projects. But after organizing and cocreating a few exhibitions of her father’s work, including a major retrospective in Casablanca in 2010, she got the inspiration to create an art fair focused around contemporary African art.
This year marks the fifth anniversary of the founding of 1-54 in London, which will take place during Frieze Week at London’s Somerset House with over 40 galleries from the African continent, Europe and the United States. 1-54 is also now an annual event on New York’s art calendar (it also runs in tandem with Frieze New York in May) and in February this year the inaugural 1-54 Marrakesh opened at the five-star La Mamounia hotel.
Ms. El Glaoui, 43, who was raised in Morocco, talked over lunch about the fair. The conversation has been edited and condensed.
LONDON — The audience at St. John’s Notting Hill was a restless bunch. Some drooled and yelped while others slurped their drinks loudly. A few others grabbed each other to dance to the pieces by Beethoven, Dvorak and Vivaldi, and one even stealthily lifted a credit card out of another audience member’s handbag.
It certainly was not the usual staid affair that many expect from chamber music events, but that is the whole point behind Bach to Baby concerts, which are geared toward babies, toddlers, and their parents and caregivers.
“She just loves the music,” Anna Schmelcher, a German nanny, said of her 15-month-old charge, Josephine, whom she has taken to more than half a dozen concerts. “I am very into classical music and opera, and this is an opportunity for us to do something together that we both really enjoy.”
For people who spent their pre-child-rearing years attending operas, symphonies and concerts, having a baby can put a damper on accessing cultural events. Bach to Baby, created by the Chinese-Canadian concert pianist Miaomiao Yu in 2009, was set up to address this issue, giving parents the opportunity to enjoy quality music without stares and shushing. Bach to Baby’s other mission is to expose children to classical music (the group also holds concerts for other musical genres including opera, jazz and traditional folk) from an early age. Ms. Yu said babies as young as a few weeks old had attended shows.
NAIROBI, Kenya — The artists who make up the art collective Brush Tu are a convivial bunch, trading jabs and funny anecdotes in the midmorning sun on the back patio of their studios and exhibition space in the neighborhood of Buruburu. But Michael Musyoka, a painter and co-founder of the group, said that being introduced at family weddings as an artist could be a bit tricky. Read more