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Nari Ward: Sun Splashed

June 24 – August 22, 2016

About the Exhibition

The Barnes Foundation presents Sun Splashed, a midcareer survey of the found-object assemblage art of Nari Ward (b. 1963 in St. Andrew Parish, Jamaica; lives and works in New York). Animated by flânerie—the idle, detached observation of street life that 19th-century writers and artists associated with the rise of modern cities—and making reference to African tribal art, Ward’s oeuvre resonates with the Barnes collection and speaks with penetrating insight and imagination to a broad range of subjects, including black history and culture, the dynamics of power and politics, and Caribbean diaspora identity.

Emerging alongside a notable group of black artists who rose to prominence in New York in the 1990s, Ward has expanded contemporary definitions of installation and assemblage with his massive, tactile approach to art. His deft use of materials gathered in and around urban neighborhoods imbues his work with a visceral relationship to the real world, allowing him to challenge viewers’ perceptions of familiar objects and experiences. Ward’s innovative approach has earned him numerous prestigious awards, including the Rome Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

The exhibition is organized by Pérez Art Museum Miami associate curator Diana Nawi.

Made possible by the generosity of individual contributors to the Barnes Foundation Exhibition Fund. Additional support provided by the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Exhibition Fund.

Organization of Nari Ward: Sun Splashed and its presentation at the Pérez Art Museum Miami have been made possible by Citi and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, with additional support from the Funding Arts Network. Valuable support for the exhibition catalogue was provided by Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins, and Havana; and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong. Additional in-kind support provided by Gander & White.