In @lehmannmaupin’s group exhibition “American Landscape,” artists #TeresitaFernández , #CatherineOpie , #TimRollins and #KOS , and #NariWard use photography, painting, and installation to expand our perception of what a landscape is and how the story of the United States is told through this kind of representation. Here: #TeresitaFernández , “Fire (United States of the Americas)” (detail), 2017; Nari Ward, “Mount Eden LiquorsouL,” 2017 & Catherine Opie, "Untitled #10 ," 1998 (detail). On view through May 5. #LehmannMaupin#ADAAGalleries
With "Last words of John Brown" (2017), @nariward calls attention to American history as well as issues of race, identity, and politics. Ward renders the last words of John Brown, the abolitionist who died advocating for black slaves’ freedom in 1859, using hundreds of shoelaces to spell out, “This is a beautiful country.” This work continues Ward’s ongoing examination of discrimination and belonging. • On view in "American Landscape" through May 5. #nariward#americanlandscape
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WHAT: AMERICAN LANDSCAPE. “...a group exhibition featuring work by Teresita Fernández, Catherine Opie, Tim Rollins & K.O.S., and Nari Ward. Using sculpture, photography, painting, and installation, the artists in this exhibition each uniquely engage the genre by expanding our perception of what a landscape is, and how the story of the United States is told through this representation”. . . .
WHO: Pictured is Mount Eden LiquorsouL (2017) by Nari Ward (@nariward). “... uses a broken liquor store sign where Ward applied pieces of shoes and artificial flowers, altering the lettering slightly to read “Soul,” thus creating a symbol of loss and mourning”. . . . .
WHERE: Lehmann Maupin(@lehmannmaupin) 536 W. 22nd Street. . . .
WHEN: Thru May 5, 2018. T-Sa from 10am to 6pm. . . . .
FEED INSPIRATION: #nariward#lehmannmaupin#americanlandscape . . . . .
When strolling down the aisles of @thearmoryshow hunting for my favorite finds, I came across Nari Ward’s “Escape Velocity Blue, from the series Breathing Circles,” 2018. The Breathing Circles like his other breathing works are sheets of copper covered in beautiful patinas and holes. I was drawn to this particular piece because the blue patina looks like a nebula exploded on the surface of the copper that is unlike the reddish brown hues of his breathing pieces I am used to seeing. The holes in his previous breathing series replicate those on the floors of churches used in the Underground Railroad, hence the word breathing in the title. The holes also symbolize voids and the mystery of space.