Chris Ofili: Caged in Paradise
I think of something Chris Ofili said once, about cages and songs and liberation and constraint and how they may all relate to what it is to be human. I asked him if he might point me to where in his adopted home of Trinidad he’d taken certain shots of ball courts and palms. His typical reply makes me laugh: “Seeking is better than finding.”
September 24, 2018
V.S. Naipaul, Poet of the Displaced
If raw nerves made him irascible at times, they also sharpened his vision. He understood people who were culturally dislocated and who tried to find solace in religious or political fantasies that were often borrowed from other places and ineptly mimicked.
August 13, 2018
The Art of Boscoe Holder
Last spring in Berlin, Peter Doig and Hilton Als co-curated an exhibition of portraits—mostly by young, unrecognized or forgotten artists—a show that included a rare look at the work of the remarkable but little known 20th-century Trinidadian painter Boscoe Holder (1921–2007).
September 3, 2010