Mayor Rudy Giuliani – threatened to close it on the grounds that the image of Chris Ofili’s The Holy Virgin Mary was religiously offensive.
The BLM protests in recent weeks have shown us how relevant issues of race still are. It’s shocking to see that racial discrimination still exists in this day and age. It is our role as cultural influencers to give our attention and support to the fight against systemic racism.
12 July 2017
Chris Ofili’s big tapestry, commissioned by the Clothworkers’ Company and now on view at the Sunley Room at the National Gallery, doesn’t seem to have attracted nearly as much attention as it should have done. It’s a pretty spectacular object, and in addition to that, it ticks all sorts of boxes.
9 April 2017
Victoria Miro has announced the Venice location for their new permanent gallery space launching over the period of the 57th Venice Biennale.
24 March 2017
The National Gallery will unveil a new tapestry by the Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Ofili. Titled the Caged Bird’s Song, the exhibition marks the first time the artist has worked in the medium of tapestry and will include a series of preparatory works on paper in an installation conceived by the artist for the Gallery’s Sunley Room.
The 2017 New Years Honours list has given a resounding seal of approval to the Visual Arts this year. The List has reflected the contribution the Visual Arts sector has undertaken and its considerable cultural accomplishments. Artists Chris Ofili CBE, Patrick Brill OBE (AKA Bob & Roberta Smith) and Ryan Gander OBE were honoured with these noblest accolades.
The six shortlisted proposals by international teams, representing seventy-three artists, architects, designers, planners and engineers from Asia, Europe, North America and South America will be unveiled on Wednesday 9 November in the Illuminated River Exhibition, a free exhibition running for three weeks at the Royal Festival Hall (RFH) until Tuesday 29 November.
Christie’s Post War & Contemporary Art Evening Auction achieved £95,646,500 / $ 150,069,359 / €134,287,686, with sell-through rates of 87% by lot and 88% by value. Bidders from 34 countries across three continents showed great enthusiasm for works by some of the most exciting contemporary artists alongside classics of the category. The evening established records […]
Chris Ofili’s most controversial painting, ‘The Holy Virgin Mary’ (1996) will be offered for sale at an auction at Christie’s on 30 June in London. The painting carries an estimate of £1.5 million. The work of art currently belongs to casino owner and gambler David Walsh who set up the Tasmania Museum MONA. Walsh purchased the work from Charles Saatchi who bought it directly […]
The annual TIME Magazine Top 100 list of the world’s most influential people has been published, and among the usual collection of world leaders, politicians, human rights crusaders and business innovators, the usual list of ‘creatives’ appear, including musicians, actors, and filmmakers. But this year there is a lone visual artist in the group, the […]
1 November 2014
Taken from the Cole Porter song, the title of this gorgeous two decade survey show is more then apt. Including over thirty major paintings, plus site-specific environments on two of the Museum’s floors, this exhibition posits Ofili as one of our major innovative artists. Ofili’s first introduction to New York City was as part of […]
5 August 2012
The most common way of seeing a Titian is as follows: you walk into a prestigious and/or 19th Century building, follow the signs to Venice, take a deep breath, and walk into a huge room full of Venetian oil paintings of various thicknesses. The most common way of seeing Titian is amidst other Titians, which, […]
Turner Prize winner said to be ecstatic over life sentence after 18 Year Hiatus “The injustice of Stephen Lawrence’s murder and the way that the police had dealt with it made such little sense to myself and to the public at large,” “I remember finishing the painting and feeling that there was something else in […]
Twelve Artists have been selected by the organizers of the 2012 Olympics to design the official posters. The list reads like a who’s who of A- Lister names from the London art scene. Tracey Emin, Bridget Riley ,Michael Craig -Martin and Bob and Roberta Smith plus Turner Prize winners Howard Hodgkin, Martin Creed, Chris Ofili […]
Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 is set to pair Turner Prize artists with Royal Ballet choreographers for National Gallery ROH collaboration for the Cultural Olympiad. In a celebration of British creativity, this unique collaboration between The Royal Ballet and the National Gallery is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival and opens […]