Chris Ofili

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Chris Ofili’s intricately constructed works, combining beadlike dots of paint, collaged images from popular media, and elephant dung, create a unique iconography that marries African artistic and ritual practices with Western art historical traditions and contemporary hip-hop culture. This beautifully designed book, made in close collaboration with the artist, is the first to examine Ofili’s artistic development and surveys his work in watercolor, graphite drawing, and sculpture. Literary and historical parallels...

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Overview

Chris Ofili’s intricately constructed works, combining beadlike dots of paint, collaged images from popular media, and elephant dung, create a unique iconography that marries African artistic and ritual practices with Western art historical traditions and contemporary hip-hop culture. This beautifully designed book, made in close collaboration with the artist, is the first to examine Ofili’s artistic development and surveys his work in watercolor, graphite drawing, and sculpture. Literary and historical parallels from a formidable list of contributors explore the ways through which the artist has grasped his times with a palpable sense of history.

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Editorial Reviews

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The first monograph to survey the career of artist Chris Ofili.
Library Journal
This first full-scale, lavishly illustrated, and colorful study of well-known artist Chris Ofili of Trinidad includes essays by other artists and curators as well as an in-depth conversation with Ofili. Like the highly decorative, organically derived materials used in his work, this, too, brings together shocking and graphic designs to make one extravagant retrospective. Included is an essay on the controversial "Sensations" show at the Brooklyn Museum in 1996, which featured his highly politicized painting The Holy Virgin Mary, made with cow dung. In the final section titled "Roots," Ofili juxtaposes the eclectic images of the sacred and profane—Fra Angelico, pornography, William Blake, movie posters, and photographs and drawings of African individuals that influenced him and his art. Illustrations are plentifully included here for the unfamiliar reader. VERDICT A necessary purchase for contemporary art book collectors and enthusiasts of contentious contemporary art.—Ellen Bates, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847832156
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 12.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Ofili was born in 1968 in Manchester, England, and presently lives in Trinidad. Past solo exhibitions include Afro Muses, the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY (2005); Within Reach, British Pavilion, 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2003), and Devil’s Pie at David Zwirner, New York (2007). David Adjaye is a British architect with an international reputation. Carol Becker is Dean of the School of Arts and Professor of the Arts at Columbia University. Okwui Enwezor is Dean of Academic Affairs at the San Francisco Art Institute. Thelma Golden is Director and Chief Curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem. Peter Doig and Kara Walker are internationally renowned contemporary artists who have had numerous solo and group exhibitions.

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