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Nari Ward: TK Title

Nari Ward garnered acclaim early in his career with pieces like Amazing Grace (1993), created from hundreds of discarded baby strollers arranged like the hull of a ship, which he produced while in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem. The methodologies implemented in this early work can be found throughout his career, with the artist repurposing found objects and placing them in juxtapositions that highlight their functional purposes, cultural associations, and metaphorical potential. Ward lives and works in close proximity to his subject matter: He chooses media sourced from his local surroundings, delicately inserting his own experience in the work. He contributes to socio-political themes, including identity, race, religion, immigration, patriotism, tourism, and consumer culture, by imbuing his work with historic and personal narrative, while intentionally leaving obscured space for open-ended meaning.

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Nari Ward: We the People is on view at the New Museum February 13 – May 26.

Artist Biography


Angelic Troublemakers, 2016

Angelic Troublemakers, 2016
108 x 163 x 3.5 inches
274.3 x 414 x 8.9 cm

Correctional Circle 1820, 2018

Correctional Circle 1820, 2018
Oak wood, copper sheet, copper nails, and darkening patina
48 x 48 inches (diameter)
121.9 x 121.9 cm

Anchoring Escapement; Mahogany Ithaca, 2018

Anchoring Escapement; Mahogany Ithaca, 2018
Grandfather clock case, copper sheet with patina, copper nails, and African statues
86 x 20 x 12 inches
218.4 x 50.8 x 30.5 cm

Royal Alpha, 2017

Royal Alpha, 2017
U.S. currency edges, acrylic paint, indelible ink, overproof white rum, and used cash register drawers on wood panel
68.75 x 56.75 x 4.5 inches
174.6 x 144.1 x 11.4 cm

Premium Blossom, 2014

Premium Blossom, 2014
Metal gas service station sign, gold paint, oil, and wood
65 x 36 x 28 inches
165.1 x 96.5 x 71.1 cm

Airplane Tears, 2005 Site-specific installation of found TV backs and facial tissues

Airplane Tears, 2005
Site-specific installation of found TV backs and facial tissues
Dimensions variable

Charging Bull, 2010

Charging Bull, 2010
Bull horn and NYC pay phone
69 x 14.5 x 14 inches
175.3 x 36.8 x 35.6 cm