9 Artists to Watch in June
Currently on view at ICA Boston is the largest survey of the work of Nari Ward, a Jamaican-born artist who came up in New York City in the 1990s. Ward’s experimental use of found objects like shopping carts, soda, shoelaces, and fire escapes point to social and political issues like poverty, race, and consumer culture. A mix of debris and treasure, his pieces ask us to question how we’ve come to value the objects that surround us. To call Ward a rising star wouldn't be accurate—he was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial, Documenta XI, the New Museum, Walker Art Center, and the MCA Detroit—but this exhibition is the most comprehensive survey to date.