Nari Ward

Jamaican, b. 1963

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Nari Ward

Jamaican, b. 1963

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Using found objects and materials collected from his urban neighborhood, Nari Ward creates sculptural installations that subvert the original purpose of the items shown. For example, in Palace LiquorsouL (2010), Ward rearranges the letters of the title in a neon liquor store sign, illuminating only “S-O-U-L” while leaving the remaining letters unlit and upside down. Through such unexpected compositional arrangements, Ward enacts a transformation of everyday objects into visual markers rich with symbolic and narrative implications.

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New Museum, and 2 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
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Artforum, and 4 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 5 more
Biography

Using found objects and materials collected from his urban neighborhood, Nari Ward creates sculptural installations that subvert the original purpose of the items shown. For example, in Palace LiquorsouL (2010), Ward rearranges the letters of the title in a neon liquor store sign, illuminating only “S-O-U-L” while leaving the remaining letters unlit and upside down. Through such unexpected compositional arrangements, Ward enacts a transformation of everyday objects into visual markers rich with symbolic and narrative implications.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
New Museum, and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 5 more
Articles Featuring Nari Ward
Amid Controversy, the Whitney Biennial Plays It Safe
May 14th, 2019
5 Standout New York Exhibitions to See This March
Mar 2nd, 2019
What It Takes to Live as an Artist in New York
Dec 11th, 2018
Can an Artist-Run Super PAC Be More Than a Gimmick?
Jun 9th, 2016
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