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Nari Ward

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Museum Magazine

August 31, 2017

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Artnet

May 18, 2017

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The New York Times

January 27, 2017

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The New York Times

July 8 2016

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Nari Ward brings Mango Tourists and other exotics to the Barnes Foundation The Philadelphia Inquirer

June 25 2016

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Nari Ward: The story behind an artwork in the artist's own words Modern Painters

June 1 2016

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Sculpture Finds a Parking Space on the High Line Wall Street Journal

April 30 2016

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Sculpture Finds a Parking Space on the High Line Wall Street Journal

April 27 2016

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An Artist and a Poet Capture Death in a Hospice Room T Magazine

April 16 2016

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A Sense of Placeness High Line Magazine

April 14 2016

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Homegrown philanthropy fuels the new Speed Art Museum The Art Newspaper

March 10 2016

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Video: Nari Ward show at Pérez Art Museum Miami Miami Herald

February 21 2016

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The Historical and Fictional Worlds of Nari Ward Hyperallergic

February 11 2016

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Nari Ward with Nicole Smythe-Johnson Miami Rail

December 12 2015

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Nari Ward’s found object sculptures explore history and power Financial Times

December 4 2015

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Book Signing with Nari Ward Pérez Art Museum Miami

December 3 2015

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Nari Ward Looks Back at Two Decades of Work in "Sun Splashed" at PAMM

November 28 2015

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Art Basel Week 2015 Guide: At the Museums Miami Herald

November 26 2015

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In 'Breathing Directions,' Nari Ward Gathers Layers of African-American History New York Times

October 30 2015

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Nari Ward at Lehmann Maupin Art in America

October 30 2015

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25 Most Collectable Midcareer Artists: Nari Ward Artnet

September 30 2015

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See: Nari Ward's Breathing Directions New York Magazine

September 26 2015

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Timeless Symbols Pack Nari Ward’s Sculptures with Meaning The Creators Project

September 24 2015

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Nari Ward BOMB Magazine

September 17 2015

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Nari Ward: Breathing Directions at Lehmann Maupin Elephant Magazine

September 16 2015

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Forbes

March 27, 2015

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Forbes

March 25, 2015

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Forbes

March 24, 2015

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Design & Trend

March 10, 2015

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Nari Ward’s "Divination X" to Grace Gardner Museum Façade Boston Magazine

January 5 2015

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Artnet News

June 9, 2014

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Sculpture Magazine

June 2013

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Frieze

May 2013

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Mousse Magazine Nari Ward interviewed by Anna Daneri

April 2013

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New York Times Review 'NYC 1993' Exhibition at New Museum

February 14, 2013

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The New York Times

February 14, 2013

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Whitewall Magazine Installation View: Nari Ward's 1993

February 1, 2013

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Whitewall

February 1, 2013

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New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York Nari Ward: Amazing Grace

January 17 - April 21, 2013

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The Wall Street Journal

January 16, 2013

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ARTnews

January 2013

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The Brooklyn Rail

April 30, 2012

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New York Observer

April 27, 2012

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Huffington Post

April 8, 2012

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Nari Ward Receives Rome Prize

April 2012

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Designboom

March 31, 2012

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Artinfo

March 27, 2012

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Modern Painters

January 31, 2012

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Philadelphia Weekly

November 2, 2011

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International Review of African American Art

November 30, 2010

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ARTnews

April 30, 2010

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Art in America

April 30, 2010

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Artforum

April 30, 2010

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The New York Times

April 2, 2010

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Frieze

December 31, 2008

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The New Yorker

November 24, 2008

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The New York Times

August 24, 2007

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Sculpture

March 31, 2006

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Sculpture

April 30, 2005

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Art in America

November 30, 2004

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V Magazine

December 31, 2001

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The New York Times

August 6, 2000

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The Observer

October 27, 1997

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The New York Times

August 10, 1997

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The Village Voice

October 9, 1996

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Flash Art

September 30, 1996

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Elle

June 30, 1995

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Nari Ward’s ‘Liberty and Orders’ at Lehmann Maupin
By Kathleen Massara

Nari Ward is an artist concerned with how materials can give an object adding meaning. In his piece, “We the People,” Ward uses old shoelaces to make the text on the gallery wall, weaving in new meaning to the phrase through this arrangement of downtrodden forms. Last year, the Jamaica-born artist became a U.S. citizen; through this process, he experienced anxiety toward and frustration with the gatekeepers of citizenship as he moved closer to becoming an American. This ultimately led him to create "Liberty and Orders," his second exhibition at Lehmann Maupin in New York; "Liberty and Orders" shows us the fraught relationship between freedom and control. We asked the artist a few questions about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness via e-mail; his responses are below.

HuffPost Arts: How do you begin the process of collecting material for your installation?

I usually see something, which has been neglected or so common that their meaning is neutralized. Sometimes the questions I wish to ask of the viewer will dictate what materials are collected.

HuffPost Arts: Why did you go through the process of naturalization?

I had procrastinated the process for over twenty years and was in no real rush; however, after September 11 and the passage of the Patriot Act I felt anxious about the power of U.S. authorities to make decisions which would affect my future. As a non-citizen I would have less leverage to challenge any type of judgments.

HuffPost Arts: How do you think anxiety shapes us as Americans?

It makes us vigilante and more casual about giving power over to individuals we believe have our well being in mind. It also makes us more suspicious of others.

HuffPost Arts: What freedoms do we have and what have we given up to maintain this sense of "freedom"?

This word freedom means a lot of things to many people, for me it means having a right to pursue my passions, dreams, and even doubts as long as it is done with respect. We cannot afford to give up ground when it comes to questions and struggles with our political and legal authorities.

HuffPost Arts: What has been your impression of Occupy Wall Street?

It seems like a very important way to voice concerns about the future of our democracy.

HuffPost Arts: What artist or work of art has influenced you lately?

I am very interested in artists who teach others to be cultural workers. Mural projects, community projects or non-profits like Active Citizen Project founded by Linda Goode Bryant are managed by artist who are making their work and also trying to develop creative leaders; this is what inspires me.

"Liberty and Orders" is on view at Lehmann Maupin in New York until April 21, 2012.