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David Zwirner Gallery

Dangerous Liaisons

  • Chris Ofili

Press for Dangerous Liaisons

Current Exhibitions at David Zwirner Gallery


Dangerous Liaisons

  • Chris Ofili
  • Opens: May. 01, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 19, 2019
  • Reception: May. 01, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Emo Jungle

  • Josh Smith,
  • Opens: Apr. 25, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 19, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 25, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I carry my landscapes around with me

  • Joan Mitchell,
  • Opens: May. 03, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 12, 2019
  • Reception: May. 03, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

After Reinhardt

  • Sherrie Levine,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 20, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Hours: 5 - 7pm
  • Admission: free

Freedom

  • Alice Neel,
  • Opens: Feb. 26, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 13, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 26, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin

  • Njideka Akunyili Crosby,
  • Diane Arbus,
  • Richard Avedon,
  • Alvin Baltrop,
  • Beauford Delaney,
  • Marlene Dumas,
  • Ja'Tovia Gary,
  • Glenn Ligon,
  • Alice Neel,
  • Cameron Rowland,
  • Kara Walker,
  • James Welling,
  • Opens: Jan. 10, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 16, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Monumental Practice

  • Charles White,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 16, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Untitled

  • Diane Arbus,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Babie Brood: Small Paintings 1985–2018

  • Lisa Yuskavage,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Paintings

  • Lisa Yuskavage,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 5 - 7pm
  • Admission: free

A Selection of Works from Galerie 1900-2000

  • Berenice Abbott,
  • Johannes Baargeld,
  • Hans Bellmer,
  • Joaquín Edwards Bello,
  • Victor Brauner,
  • André Breton,
  • Paul Citroen,
  • René Crevel,
  • Salvador Dalí,
  • Robert Desnos,
  • Oscar Domínguez,
  • Marcel Duchamp,
  • Nusch Éluard,
  • Paul Éluard,
  • Max Ernst,
  • Arshile Gorky,
  • Jindřich Heisler,
  • Hannah Höch,
  • Heinrich Hoffmann,
  • Georges Hugnet,
  • Germaine Hugnet,
  • Valentine Hugo,
  • Wifredo Lam,
  • René Magritte,
  • André Masson,
  • Roberto Matta,
  • Joan Miró,
  • Max Morise,
  • Paul Nougé,
  • Francis Picabia,
  • Jackson Pollock,
  • Man Ray,
  • Hans Richter,
  • Jeannette Tanguy,
  • Yves Tanguy,
  • Tristan Tzara,
  • Raoul Ubac,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 27, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

How likely is it that only I am right in this matter?

  • Wolfgang Tillmans,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 20, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Endless Enigma: Eight Centuries of Fantastic Art

  • Giuseppe Arcimboldo,
  • Herri met de Bles,
  • Hieronymus Bosch,
  • Piero di Cosimo,
  • Titian,
  • Damiano Cappelli,
  • Pietro Novelli,
  • Salvator Rosa,
  • William Blake,
  • James Ensor,
  • Francisco Goya,
  • Gustave Moreau,
  • Odilon Redon,
  • James Ward,
  • Eileen Agar,
  • Jean Arp,
  • Louise Bourgeois,
  • Salvador Dalí,
  • Giorgio de Chirico,
  • Marcel Duchamp,
  • Max Ernst,
  • Leonor Fini,
  • Robert Gober,
  • José Gutiérrez Solana,
  • Sherrie Levine,
  • René Magritte,
  • Roberto Matta,
  • Pablo Picasso,
  • Wallace Putnam,
  • Man Ray,
  • Kay Sage,
  • Yves Tanguy,
  • Luc Tuymans,
  • Lisa Yuskavage,
  • Group show,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 12, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

This Is Not a Prop

  • Alex Da Corte,
  • Jonathas de Andrade,
  • Felix Gonzalez-Torres,
  • Jonah Groeneboer,
  • Gordon Hall,
  • Hannah Levy,
  • Donald Moffett,
  • Paulo Nazareth,
  • Elle Pérez Oren Pinhassi,
  • Christina Quarles,
  • Paul Mpagi Sepuya,
  • Franz West,
  • Opens: Jun. 27, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 27, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Riverboat song

  • Jordan Wolfson,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 23, 2018
  • Reception: May. 02, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Myths & Mortals

  • Marlene Dumas,
  • Opens: Apr. 28, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 30, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 28, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sky Energy

  • Isa Genzken,
  • Opens: Feb. 22, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 22, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

in daylight or cool white

  • Dan Flavin,
  • Opens: Feb. 21, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 21, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Herbert Ferber | Mark Rothko

  • Herbert Ferber,
  • Mark Rothko,
  • Opens: Feb. 20, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 20, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

David Zwirner: 25 Years

  • Tomma Abts,
  • Anni Albers,
  • Josef Albers,
  • Francis Alÿs,
  • Mamma Andersson,
  • Lucas Arruda,
  • Ruth Asawa,
  • Michaël Borremans,
  • Carol Bove,
  • R. Crumb,
  • Raoul De Keyser,
  • Philip-Lorca diCorcia,
  • Stan Douglas,
  • Marlene Dumas,
  • Marcel Dzama,
  • William Eggleston,
  • Dan Flavin,
  • Suzan Frecon,
  • Isa Genzken,
  • Felix Gonzalez-Torres,
  • Donald Judd,
  • On Kawara,
  • Toba Khedoori,
  • Jeff Koons,
  • Yayoi Kusama,
  • Sherrie Levine,
  • Kerry James Marshall,
  • Gordon Matta-Clark,
  • John McCracken,
  • Giorgio Morandi,
  • Oscar Murillo,
  • Alice Neel,
  • Jockum Nordstöm,
  • Chris Ofili
  • Palermo,
  • Raymond Pettibon,
  • Sigmar Polke,
  • Neo Rauch,
  • Ad Reinhardt,
  • Jason Rhoades,
  • Bridget Riley,
  • Thomas Ruff,
  • Fred Sandback,
  • Jan Schoonhoven,
  • Richard Serra,
  • Josh Smith,
  • Al Taylor,
  • Diana Thater,
  • Wolfgang Tillmans,
  • Luc Tuymans,
  • James Welling,
  • Franz West,
  • Doug Wheeler,
  • Christopher Williams,
  • Jordan Wolfson,
  • Rose Wylie,
  • Yun Hyong-keun,
  • Lisa Yuskavage,
  • Opens: Jan. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Infinity Nets

  • Yayoi Kusama,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sculpture and Drawings

  • Richard Serra,
  • Opens: Nov. 04, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 04, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Festival of Life

  • Yayoi Kusama,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Recent Oil Paintings

  • Suzan Frecon,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 14, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 14, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Blue Paintings

  • Ad Reinhardt,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ruth Asawa

  • Ruth Asawa,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 13, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paradise Lost

  • Chris Ofili
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 14, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paintings on Paper

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 15, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Equal

  • Richard Serra,
  • Opens: May. 01, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 24, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

PeaRoeFoam

  • Jason Rhoades,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lisa Yuskavage

  • Lisa Yuskavage,
  • Opens: Apr. 23, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2015
  • Reception: May. 23, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Selections from The Kramarsky Collection

  • Group show,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 20, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Group Show No Problem: Cologne/New York 1984-1989

  • Werner Büttner,
  • George Condo,
  • Walter Dahn,
  • Jiri Georg Dokoupil,
  • Peter Fischli/David Weiss,
  • Günther Förg,
  • Robert Gober,
  • Georg Herold,
  • Jenny Holzer,
  • Mike Kelley,
  • Martin Kippenberger,
  • Jeff Koons,
  • Barbara Kruger,
  • Sherrie Levine,
  • Albert Oehlen,
  • Raymond Pettibon,
  • Richard Prince,
  • Cindy Sherman,
  • Rosemarie Trockel,
  • Franz West,
  • Christopher Wool,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 14, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Mercantile Novel

  • Oscar Murillo,
  • Opens: Apr. 24, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 14, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Christopher Williams

  • Christopher Williams,
  • Opens: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

At the Well

  • Neo Rauch,
  • Opens: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Franz West

  • Franz West,
  • Opens: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 13, 2014
  • Reception: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tomma Abts

  • Tomma Abts,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Une Danse des Bouffons (A Jester's Dance)

  • Marcel Dzama,
  • Opens: Sep. 09, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 09, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Give Me Love

  • Yayoi Kusama,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2015
  • Reception: May. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Give Me Love

  • Yayoi Kusama,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2015
  • Reception: May. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Pet Stains, Puddles, and Full Gospel Neckless

  • Al Taylor,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Behind the Curtain

  • Mamma Andersson,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Jan Schoonhoven

  • Jan Schoonhoven,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Science, Fiction

  • Diana Thater,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 21, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

James Bishop

  • James Bishop,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Friends Seminary Auction

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Feb. 24, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 27, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 26, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Vertical and Horizontal Reversals

  • Richard Serra,
  • Opens: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Photographs

  • Stan Douglas,
  • Opens: Mar. 31, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

De Wain Valentine: Works from the 1960s and 1970s

  • De Wain Valentine,
  • Opens: Jun. 25, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 07, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Selected Works from The Democratic Forest

  • William Eggleston,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

oil paintings and sun

  • Suzan Frecon,
  • Opens: Feb. 19, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 28, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 19, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bridget Riley

  • Bridget Riley,
  • Opens: Nov. 05, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 19, 2015
  • Reception: Nov. 05, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1978

  • Alice Neel,
  • Opens: Feb. 19, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 18, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 19, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Press++

  • Thomas Ruff,
  • Opens: Mar. 31, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 30, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Corners, Barriers and Corridors

  • Dan Flavin,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 24, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

PCR

  • Wolfgang Tillmans,
  • Opens: Sep. 16, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 24, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

East of Eden

  • Philip-Lorca diCorcia,
  • Opens: Apr. 02, 2015
  • Closes: May. 02, 2015
  • Reception: Apr. 02, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Works 1973-1976

  • Palermo,
  • Opens: Feb. 26, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 11, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawn Together

  • Aline Kominsky-Crumb,
  • R. Crumb,
  • Opens: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 18, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Yun Hyong-keun

  • Yun Hyong-keun,
  • Opens: Jan. 14, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 18, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 14, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Isa Genzken

  • Isa Genzken,
  • Opens: Sep. 16, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Energy & Abstraction

  • Gordon Matta-Clark,
  • Opens: Sep. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 24, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Donald Judd

  • Donald Judd,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 19, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drift

  • Raoul De Keyser,
  • Opens: Mar. 18, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 18, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Jordan Wolfson

  • Jordan Wolfson,
  • Opens: May. 05, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 25, 2016
  • Reception: May. 05, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Concrete Cuba

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Eine Winterreise

  • Sigmar Polke,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 22, 2016
  • Reception: May. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

through patches of corn, wheat and mud

  • Oscar Murillo,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 14, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Vertical Instructions

  • Fred Sandback,
  • Opens: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Forgetting the Hand

  • Marcel Dzama,
  • Raymond Pettibon,
  • Opens: Jan. 14, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 14, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Karla Black

  • Karla Black,
  • Opens: Feb. 27, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 26, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Cut, Folded, Pressed & Other Actions

  • Noriko Ambe,
  • Hans Bischoffshausen,
  • Enrico Castellani,
  • Célia Euvaldo,
  • Fernanda Gomes,
  • Oskar Holweck,
  • Vlatka Horvat,
  • Sol LeWitt,
  • Marco Maggi,
  • Anna Maria Maiolino,
  • Gordon Matta-Clark,
  • Eleanore Mikus,
  • Joshua Neustein,
  • Arthur Luiz Piza,
  • Fred Sandback,
  • Mira Schendel,
  • Günther Uecker,
  • Ignacio Uriarte,
  • Opens: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 29, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Uptown

  • Alice Neel,
  • Opens: Feb. 23, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 23, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

John McCracken

  • John McCracken,
  • Opens: Feb. 24, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 15, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 24, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Early Paintings

  • Al Taylor,
  • Opens: Feb. 24, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 15, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 24, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

EXTENDED: Felix Gonzalez-Torres

  • Felix Gonzalez-Torres,
  • Opens: Apr. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 14, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 27, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Polka Dots

  • Carol Bove,
  • Opens: Nov. 05, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception: Nov. 05, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

65 Works Selected by James Welling: Exhibition & Sale to Benefit the FCA

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Dec. 09, 2016
  • Closes: Jan. 28, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Thread

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 24, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 27, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Llyn Foulkes

  • Llyn Foulkes,
  • Opens: Apr. 29, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 24, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 29, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

TH’ EXPLOSIYV SHOYRT T

  • Raymond Pettibon,
  • Opens: Apr. 29, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 24, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 29, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Seascape

  • James Welling,
  • Opens: Jul. 10, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 04, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

May 01 - Jul 19, 2019

  • Reception: May 01, 6 - 8pm

Where

David Zwirner Gallery

  • 34 East 69th Street, New York NY 10021 Map
  • 212.517.8959

About

David Zwirner is pleased to present Dangerous Liaisons, an exhibition of new works by Chris Ofili, on view at the gallery’s 34 East 69th Street location, in New York. The show marks the artist’s fourth solo presentation with the gallery.

The title of the exhibition references René Magritte’s eponymous painting of 1935, which Ofili explores in drawings that employ the compositional organization of the Surrealist’s work as a structure for his own rich and layered colorism. The interwoven patterns and forms in these works create dynamic visuals in which the delicately rendered surfaces optically pulse and vibrate.

Homer’s Odyssey serves as another central theme of the show, with several drawings and paintings devoted to the figures of Calypso and Odysseus. Inspired in part by the music of the island of Trinidad, where Ofili has lived since 2005, the artist has reimagined Calypso—traditionally represented as a deceptive femme fatale—as a striking mermaid, and he has visualized Odysseus as a beautiful, dark-skinned suitor. In the paintings, Ofili presents the characters with curving bodies, sumptuously spread out across the compositions and displayed in layered surfaces filled with arabesque vines and bubble-like forms.

In one group of drawings, Ofili depicts the two mythical figures lovingly intertwined, visually evoking the couple’s passion through compositions that mix strong graphic lines with lush, kaleidoscopic colors and gold leaf. Other drawings feature Calypso luxuriating in the depths of the sea, while related works depict nymphs, also rendered as mermaids, with luminous shimmering bodies, diving through dark waters pocketed with distinctive colors. Ofili’s representation of the figures was inspired by Emily Wilson’s recent translation of Homer’s ancient text. Notable for being the first translation of the poem into English by a woman, Wilson's translation thoughtfully reconsiders the portrayal of the epic’s female characters.

The exhibition also features a series of etchings by the artist based on Shakespeare’s Othello. In a suite of ten prints, Ofili illustrates scenes from the tragedy on Othello’s forehead. Rendered in stark lines, Othello’s face encompasses the entirety of the paper’s surface, which has been coated with black mica, giving the surface a subtle iridescent glow. The prints will also be presented in a forthcoming publication by David Zwirner Books, the first in a series of titles featuring contemporary artists illustrating Shakespeare’s classic texts.


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