Chris Ofili, ‘R.I.P Stephan Lawrence 1974–1993’, 2013, The Studio Museum in Harlem

Photo: Sasha J. Mendez

The Window and the Breaking of the Window at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 17, 2016–March 5, 2017. The Window and the Breaking of the Window is organized by Amanda Hunt.

About Chris Ofili

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.

British, b. 1968, Manchester, United Kingdom, based in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad