'Chris Ofili has blossomed into a complex, confident artist whose best work is his most recent' - The Guardian
Accompanying the first major museum show in the United States of contemporary British artist Chris Ofili, this richly illustrated volume surveys two decades of artworks.
Best known for intricately constructed works featuring beadlike dots of paint, elephant dung, and images culled from popular media, Ofili's work combines African culture, Western art history, and hip-hop music, spanning a wide variety of sources which include the Bible, Zimbabwean cave paintings, Blaxploitation films, and William Blake's poems.
Animated by exotic characters, outlandish landscapes, and folkloric myths, Ofili's most recent work resonates with references to the paintings of Henri Matisse and Paul Gauguin. This book offers a fresh perspective on the artist's practice, which both celebrates and calls into question the power of images and their ability to address fundamental questions of representation.
- Author: Massimilano Gioni, Associate Director, New Museum
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Date published: October 2014
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0847844562
- Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 22.4 cm