Nari Ward

Born 1963
Hometown St. Andrews, Jamaica
Lives and Works New York, NY
MFA, Brooklyn College, City University, Brooklyn, NY, 1992
BA, Hunter College, City University, New York, NY, 1991

The Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
The Whitney Museum, New York, NY
The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
The Studio Museum, Harlem, New York, NY
GAM, Galleria Civica di Arte, Torino, Italy
The Baltimore Museum of Art, MD
The Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, NC

Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY

Born in Jamaica and working in New York, Nari Ward has mastered the use of the found objects in his work. For his large sculptural installations, Ward reclaims materials he finds in his neighborhood—everything from debris to precious treasure—to create abstract and figurative forms. His work focuses on political and social issues such as poverty, race, and consumer culture, examining the value, that which is inherent and that which we bestow, of the objects around us. Though he includes materials from neighborhoods with which he feels personally connected, the meaning behind the resulting works remain ambiguous.

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