In the fall of 2015, Pérez Art Museum Miami will present a mid-career retrospective of Nari Ward (b. 1963, Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica; lives in New York). This exhibition, Sun Splashed, will be the largest survey of the artist’s work to date and will offer a close consideration of his diverse production. Sun Splashed will examine Ward’s career through interrelated frameworks that reveal the ongoing investigations, both material and intellectual, that have guided his practice across more than 20 years. Rather than chronologically, this exhibition will be organized around vital points of reference for the artist, including urban space, performance and the body, the dynamics of power and politics, ideas of migration and movement, vernacular traditions, and his native Jamaica.
Ward’s practice is defined by its embrace of varied media and in particular the recurrent use of found objects, which imbue his works with a tactile and visceral relationship to history and the real world. The ambitious scale of his works and his continued experimentation with new materials and media will be brought to the fore in this exhibition, which will feature mixed-media collages, photography, assemblage, sculpture, interactive works, video, and architectural installations.
Nari Ward: Sun Splashed is organized by Pérez Art Museum Miami Associate Curator Diana Nawi. This exhibition is presented by Citi with generous support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support was received 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.
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Just in time for Art Basel Miami Beach, the Pérez Art Museum Miami presents a major survey of the poetically probing work of this Jamaican-born, Harlem-based installation artist.
PAMM mounts retrospective of artist Nari Ward
Usually, when people are eulogized, they’re not around to enjoy it. But, in the case of Nari Ward, whose retrospective, “Sun Splashed,” was the centerpiece exhibition at the Pérez Art Museum Miami during Art Week, the artist lay just a few feet away behind a curtain, receiving a massage. Those gathered in his honor would hear from him later.