4th floor: His most recent canvases resonate with references to the paintings of Henri Matisse and Paul Gauguin. These works are displayed in a dreamlike, painted environment inspired by British filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1947 film Black Narcissus.
FANTASTIC show. Make sure you start on the second floor and make your way up to 4. Brilliant show of paintings, sculpture and drawings and the installations are extraordinary as well. One of the best shows I’ve seen at The New Museum. More pics below the break and I’ve also included a link to the NYTimes review here.
3rd Floor: After moving to Trinidad from London in 2005, Ofili’s work took a new direction with the “The Blue Rider” series, which takes its name from the early twentieth-century artist group that sought spirituality by connecting visual art with music. For this exhibition, nine of these works are brought together for the first time in an architectural environment designed by the artist. Composed in dark hues of blue, this series of paintings evokes the blue light of twilight and the soulfulness of blues music. Although rooted in the landscape and culture of Trinidad, Ofili’s blue paintings extend beyond to offer a contemplative approach to history, identity, and ways of seeing.
2nd Floor: the early paintings
3rd floor portrait wall
3rd Floor: Portraits and Sculpture