Chris Ofili: Afro Margin

Text by Cameron Shaw. Poem by Inua Ellams

Published on the occasion of Chris Ofili\s exhibition at David Zwirner in New York, this limited-edition catalogue documents a new body of work titled Afro Margin, and is produced in an edition of 500 copies numbered and signed by the artist. Known primarily for his bold, large-scale paintings, in this exquisite suite of eight pencil drawings, made from 2004 to 2007, Ofili is revealed as a master draughtsman.


Publisher: David Zwirner / Radius Books

Artists: Chris Ofili

Contributors: Inua Ellams, Cameron Shaw

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Softcover

Dimensions: 9 1/4 x 12 1/2 in (23.5 x 31.8 cm)

Pages: 24

Reproductions: 8 tritone

ISBN: 9781934435229

Retail: $50 US & Canada

Status: Out Of Print

Chris Ofili

Since the mid-1990s, Chris Ofili has become well known for his vibrant, technically complex, and meticulously executed paintings and works on paper. While his early works were predominantly abstract, involving intricate patterns and colors, he has since developed a signature figurative style that bridges the gap between the sacred and the profane, and by extension, between high art and popular culture. His works center around the relationship between form and content: often using several layers of paint, resin, glitter, collage elements, and occasionally, elephant dung, Ofili enlists sexual, cultural, historical, and religious references to create uniquely aesthetic and physical works that expose the darker undercurrents of society, while also celebrating contemporary black culture. Drawing on a wide range of sources—from “blaxploitation” movies, the Bible, jazz and hip hop music, comic books, Zimbabwean cave paintings, and the works of artist and poet William Blake—Ofili’s subject matter frequently employs racial stereotypes in order to challenge and reinterpret them.

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