Inside Look Into Chris Ofili’s “Night & Day” Exhibit at New Museum

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New York is currently bursting at the seams with amazing art exhibitions, so fret not if you missed Art Basel. For the last few years, the city has seen retrospectives for black artists like Carrie Mae Weems, El Anatsui, and Wangechi Mutu. Next up is Chris Ofili‘s “Day and Night,” presented by the New Museum.

British-Nigerian artist Ofili, who hit the art scene in the early 90s, is the embodiment of an African diaspora aesthetic. Rich, vibrant colors. Rounded curves. Heavily textured canvases. The diaspora has perfected the art of collage and Ofili’s work continues in that vein. Whether it’s with soul food or a remix, the theme of re-purposing deeply permeates the culture.

Through three floors, the New Museum highlights the evolution of Ofili’s style throughout his career. From Blaxploitation to Matisse, charcoal sketches to sculpture, Ofili’s work spans numerous mediums. The collection is the bridge between Jacob Lawrence and Mickalene Thomas. During your visit, be sure to spend some time with his piece “Blue Devils.” References link his Trinidad hometown’s carnival tradition of blue devils to police brutality in the UK, and it stands out as a timely and poignant piece.

Chris Ofili’s “Night and Day” will be on view until January 25th, 2014.

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Photo Credit: Andre Wagner

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