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Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 Ocula Report Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 11 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

即将于2019年7月13开幕的第二届 Condo Shanghai,联合上海7座画廊/艺术机构与14 家来自全球11个不同的城市,如东京、首尔、雅加达、巴尔的摩、洛杉矶、伦敦、纽约、危地马拉城、利马和墨西哥城,为实验性展览营造了一个更切实可行的国际环境。以下是Ocula的展览看点。周奥,《景观/对象WA》(2016)。橡木上固化油墨打印,左: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,中: 121.92 × 152.4 cm,右: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,图片提供:马凌画廊,上海。马凌画廊 × 80m2 Livia Benavides × LABOR × Proyectos Ultravioleta马凌画廊 |...

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Wong Ping: Hong Kong Fables Ocula Conversation Wong Ping: Hong Kong Fables

There is something irrepressibly compelling about the lewd animated videos of Wong Ping. Is it their flat surfaces rendered in popping colours? Or their dark narratives that resonate with the deepest recesses of the human psyche? They have been included in an impressive repertoire of group exhibitions in recent years, including One Hand Clapping at...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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Nari Ward

b. 1963, Jamaica

Nari Ward (b. 1963, St. Andrew, Jamaica; lives and works in New York) is known for his sculptural installations composed of discarded material found and collected in his neighbourhood. He has repurposed objects such as baby strollers, shopping carts, bottles, doors, television sets, cash registers and shoelaces, among other materials. Ward re-contextualises these found objects in thought-provoking juxtapositions that create complex, metaphorical meanings to confront social and political issues surrounding race, poverty, and consumer culture. He intentionally leaves the meaning of his work open, allowing the viewer to provide his or her own interpretation.

One of his most iconic works, Amazing Grace, was produced as part of his 1993 residency at The Studio Museum in Harlem in response to the AIDS crisis and drug epidemic of the early 1990s. For this large-scale installation, Ward gathered more than 365 discarded baby strollers—commonly used by the homeless population in Harlem to transport their belongings—which he bound with twisted fire hoses in an abandoned fire station in Harlem. Echoing through the space was an audio recording of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson’s Amazing Grace on repeat. The lyrics speak about redemption and change, generating optimism and a sense of hope. As with most of his work, this installation explored themes informed by the materials, community, and location in which he was working. The work has since been recreated at the New Museum Studio 231 space in 2013, and in several locations across Europe. With each change of context, the significance of the work changes as each community differently associates with these found objects.

Nari Ward received a BA from City University of New York, Hunter College in 1989, and an MFA from City University of New York, Brooklyn College in 1992. Solo exhibitions of his work have been organised at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2017); Socrates Sculpture Park, New York (2017); The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia (2016); Pérez Art Museum Miami (2015); Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, Savannah, GA (2015); Louisiana State University Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, LA (2014); The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia (2011); Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA (2011); Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (2002); and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (2001, 2000). Select group exhibitions featuring his work include Objects Like Us, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (forthcoming, 2018–2019); UPTOWN: nastywomen/badhombres, El Museo del Barrio, New York (2017); Black: Color, Material, Concept, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2015); The Great Mother, the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Palazzo Reale, Milan (2015); The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2015); NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, New Museum, New York (2013); Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Rotunda, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); the Whitney Biennial, New York (2006); Landings, Documenta XI, Kassel, Germany (2002); Passages: Contemporary Art in Transition, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Projects: How to Build and Maintain the Virgin Fertility of Our Soul, MoMA PS1, Long Island City; The Listening Sky, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; 1995 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of Art, New York; and Cardinal Points of the Arts, 45th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy.

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Featured Artworks

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Molt’s LiquorSoul by Nari Ward contemporary artwork
Nari WardMolt’s LiquorSoul, 2018 Salvaged neon liquor sign, shoes, artificial flowers, shoelaces, and pvc tube
254 x 40.6 x 81.3 cm
Lehmann Maupin
Swing Low by Nari Ward contemporary artwork
Nari WardSwing Low, 2015 Bronze, rope
Lehmann Maupin
Mending Board 21 by Nari Ward contemporary artwork
Nari WardMending Board 21, 2016–2017 Used chalk boards, chalk, gauze, cotton, and gold lettering enamel
45.7 x 38.1 x 1.9 cm (incl frame)
Lehmann Maupin
Mending Board 12 by Nari Ward contemporary artwork
Nari WardMending Board 12, 2016–2017 Used chalk boards, chalk, gauze, cotton, and gold lettering enamel
45.7 x 38.1 x 1.9 cm (incl frame)
Lehmann Maupin
Medicine Bats by Nari Ward contemporary artwork
Nari WardMedicine Bats, 2011 Cotton and bats in custom metal and glass case
Lehmann Maupin
Knot Endings by Nari Ward contemporary artwork
Nari WardKnot Endings, 2010 Shoelaces
320 x 198.1 cm
Lehmann Maupin
Correctional Circle 1280 by Nari Ward contemporary artwork
Nari WardCorrectional Circle 1280, 2018 Oak wood, copper sheet, copper nails, and darkening patina
121.9 x 121.9 cm
Lehmann Maupin
Correctional Circle 0128 by Nari Ward contemporary artwork
Nari WardCorrectional Circle 0128, 2018 Oak wood, copper sheet, copper nails, and darkening patina
121.9 x 121.9 cm
Lehmann Maupin

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Nari Ward, CORRECTIONAL at Lehmann Maupin, Seoul
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28 August–20 October 2018 Nari Ward CORRECTIONAL Lehmann Maupin, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, American Landscape at Lehmann Maupin, New York
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15 March–5 May 2018 Group Exhibition American Landscape Lehmann Maupin, 536 West 22nd Street
Contemporary art exhibition, Nari Ward, TILL, LIT at Lehmann Maupin, New York
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2 June–25 August 2017 Nari Ward TILL, LIT Lehmann Maupin, 536 West 22nd Street

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Nari Ward Ocula Conversation Nari Ward

Nari Ward has witnessed his neighbourhood transform. Harlem, once neglected and teeming with creative energy but rampant with drugs, crime, and wreckage, has become home to organic groceries, high-end cafés, and high-income housing. It is a symptom of many gentrifying neighbourhoods in New York, whereby high-earning populations replace lower-income...

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In Related Press

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Nari Ward’s Angels in America Related Press Nari Ward’s Angels in America Hyperallergic : 16 March 2019

Way back in 1996, three friends — Janine Antoni, Marcel Odenbach, and Nari Ward — presented a memorable exhibition, 3 Legged Race, in an abandoned 19th-century firehouse in Harlem. This artist-driven show was for me, and for many others as well, an absolute highlight of that era, and it occurred with little institutional support and...

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Critics' Picks: 'Material History' Related Press Critics' Picks: 'Material History' Zachary Fine : 8 March 2019

Her current show features work by three artists: Yuji Agematsu, Charles Harlan, and Nari Ward. The theme of 'everyday objects'—ranging from carefully salvaged dross to mundane materials—loosely binds the selection.

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Nari Ward on folk art, found objects and creating havoc with his work Related Press Nari Ward on folk art, found objects and creating havoc with his work Time Out : 5 February 2019

Born in Jamaica, Nari Ward burst on the international art scene in 1993 with a DIY installation of hundreds of discarded baby strollers in an abandoned Harlem firehouse, garnering critical acclaim.

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Nevin Aladağ, Kimsooja, and Nari Ward Create Visual Metaphors for Migration, Exile, and Belonging Related Press Nevin Aladağ, Kimsooja, and Nari Ward Create Visual Metaphors for Migration, Exile, and Belonging Hyperallergic : 6 August 2018

KANSAS CITY, Missouri—It is safe to say that the United States is in the midst of a deep crisis of identity, fueled by nationalism, fear-mongering across the political spectrum, and denial about the legacy of migration. Worlds Otherwise Hidden at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City features work by three artists who materially and...

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