Miami Art Museum
101 West Flagler Street
305 3753000 FAX 305 3751725
Odili Donald Odita
dal 21/8/2002 al 27/10/2002
305 3753000 FAX 305 3751725
Segnalato da

Winter Morea

calendario eventi  :: 


Odili Donald Odita

Miami Art Museum, Miami

New Work: a site-specific installation of recent abstract paintings on canvas

comunicato stampa

Miami Art Museum is pleased to present New Work: Odili Donald Odita, a site-specific installation of recent abstract paintings on canvas, a wall painting, and conceptual objects. In these works, Odita proposes a melding of elements of Western, African, and European cultures. New Work: Odili Donald Odita is organized by Miami Art Museum as part of its New Work series of projects by contemporary artists. This exhibition, curated by MAM's assistant curator, Cheryl Hartup, is the artist's first one-person museum exhibition in the United States.

Odita is well known for his hard-edged acrylic paintings, in which angular, vibrant bands of color suggest vast panoramas spreading infinitely beyond the edges of the canvas. The artist draws from an array of influences, including television test band patterns, the Internet, electronic music, late-modernist painting, patterned wallpaper and African textiles. Although his vivid color sense and organizing principles place him within the tradition of abstract painting of the 1960s, his contemporary technological and cultural references set him apart from his progenitors.

Two sculptural installations, inspired by the artist's recent trips to Nigeria, accompany the paintings. Heaven Can Wait is a wheelbarrow full of stacks of almost worthless Nigerian currency sitting on glossy black plastic, a surface which symbolizes Nigeria's petroleum-based economy. Equal consists of 500 tiny identical one-room dwellings made of plaster, and a mound of dirt and rubble. These works are both concerned with the intersection of national history and personal memory, each in a different way. As three-dimensional objects amidst flat, but spatially suggestive paintings, the sculptures balance the paintings' sense of deep space with a more grounded, specific character.

Born in Enugu, Nigeria, and raised in Columbus, Ohio, multimedia artist Odili Donald Odita is associate professor of painting at The Florida State University in Tallahassee. This fall he will be visiting associate professor of painting at University of South Florida in Tampa. His work has been exhibited in Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Mexico, Poland, South Africa and Switzerland. Odita received a Joan Mitchell Grant in 2001 and a Penny McCall Foundation Grant in 1994. He is a consulting editor at NKA, Journal of Contemporary African Art. Odita earned a BFA in fine art from Ohio State University and an MFA from Bennington College in Vermont.

The opening reception takes place on Thursday, August 22, 2002, 6 - 8 p.m., with a lecture by Odita at 6:30 p.m. MAM members and guests will have an opportunity to meet the artist and preview the installation. Free admission.

Cheryl Hartup, Associate Curator, will write the essay on Odita for the third volume of Converge, MAM's three-volume series from 1996- 2002. Each catalogue includes color and black-and-white photographs of each exhibition, and essays by international critics, curators, poets and novelists. Converge volume I is currently available at the MAM Store for $17.95 for MAM members, $19.95 for non-members, or at Converge volume III will be available in fall 2003.

MAM is located at 101 West Flagler Street, Miami, Florida, 33130

Los Jaichackers
dal 4/12/2013 al 4/12/2013

Attiva la tua LINEA DIRETTA con questa sede