Nari Ward: We the People will open at the New Museum, featuring over thirty sculptures, paintings, videos, and large-scale installation, in a first museum survey in New York of his work.
The exhibition shines a light on the importance of New York, and Harlem in particular, with regard to the material and thematic content of Ward’s art ~ where materials scavenged from buildings and streets in Harlem were often used in the creation of his early sculptures. The items include such sidewalk finds as baby strollers, fire hoses, baseball bats, cooking trays, bottles ~ even shopping carts.
Included in the exhibition will be several early works such as the large-scale environments Amazing Grace and Hunger Cradle (both 1993), bringing together many of his most iconic sculptures alongside a number of works that have never been seen in New York.
A fully illustrated catalogue co-published by the New Museum and Phaidon Press accompanies the exhibition. The catalogue includes an interview with Nyari Ward, conducted by Lowery Stokes Sims, as well as newly commissioned essays on the artist’s work.
Looking back at just a few of Nari Ward’s recent NYC exhibitions, The Socrates Sculpture Garden with G.O.A.T. ~ the exhibition Spots, Dots, Pips, and Tiles at Hunter East Harlem Gallery ~ Smart Tree on the High Line + so much more.