Chris Ofili, ‘Afro Harlem Muses’, 2005, Print, Lithograph (diptych printed on single sheet of paper), Friends Seminary Benefit Auction
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Chris Ofili

Afro Harlem Muses, 2005

Lithograph (diptych printed on single sheet of paper)
21 × 27 1/2 in
53.3 × 69.9 cm
Edition 58/60 + 20AP
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Friends Seminary Benefit Auction
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Chris Ofili
British, b. 1968
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Turner Prize-winning Young British Artist (YBA) Chris Ofili draws inspiration from an eclectic array of popular, artistic, and religious sources, from the Bible and William Blake to blaxploitation films, hip hop, and his Nigerian heritage. His large-scale paintings—combining rippling dots of paint, drifts of glitter, collaged images, and most famously, elephant dung—work together in the service of a complex narrative about African culture, black stereotypes, history, and exoticism. His well-known and highly controversial work The Holy Virgin Mary (1996) comprised oil paint, glitter, polyester resin, and paper collage and depicted a black Madonna surrounded by images of female genitalia extracted from pornographic magazines, and lumps of dung. In 1999, New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani had the work removed from the "Sensation" exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Ofili's later work adopts simpler, more pared-down forms with similar themes.

Chris Ofili, ‘Afro Harlem Muses’, 2005, Print, Lithograph (diptych printed on single sheet of paper), Friends Seminary Benefit Auction
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Friends Seminary Benefit Auction
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Signed, titled, dated, and numbered recto
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Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner
Chris Ofili
British, b. 1968
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Turner Prize-winning Young British Artist (YBA) Chris Ofili draws inspiration from an eclectic array of popular, artistic, and religious sources, from the Bible and William Blake to blaxploitation films, hip hop, and his Nigerian heritage. His large-scale paintings—combining rippling dots of paint, drifts of glitter, collaged images, and most famously, elephant dung—work together in the service of a complex narrative about African culture, black stereotypes, history, and exoticism. His well-known and highly controversial work The Holy Virgin Mary (1996) comprised oil paint, glitter, polyester resin, and paper collage and depicted a black Madonna surrounded by images of female genitalia extracted from pornographic magazines, and lumps of dung. In 1999, New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani had the work removed from the "Sensation" exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Ofili's later work adopts simpler, more pared-down forms with similar themes.

Chris Ofili

Afro Harlem Muses, 2005

Lithograph (diptych printed on single sheet of paper)
21 × 27 1/2 in
53.3 × 69.9 cm
Edition 58/60 + 20AP
Bidding closed
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