Chris Ofili

Paradise Lost

The world was all before them, where to choose

Their place of rest, and Providence their guide:
They hand in hand, with wandering steps and slow,
Through Eden took their solitary way.

—John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book XII

David Zwirner is pleased to present Paradise Lost, an exhibition of new work by Chris Ofili. This presentation touches on themes of lost innocence, alienation, and desire. On view at 533 West 19th Street in New York, this will be Ofili’s third solo exhibition at the gallery.

Paradise Lost both returns to and expands upon ideas Ofili presented earlier this year in his solo exhibition Weaving Magic at the National Gallery, London, where he debuted his tapestry The Caged Bird’s Song. Commissioned by the British Clothworkers' Company, the tapestry was made in collaboration with the internationally renowned Dovecot Tapestry Studio in Edinburgh. In Paradise Lost, Ofili poses "the question of the sweetness of the song—is the sweeter song the song of the uncaged bird, or the song of the caged bird? And what that really is asking about liberation and constraint, and how that could potentially relate to being human."

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Dates
September 14October 21, 2017
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A painting by Chris Ofili, titled Embah, dated 2015 to 2017.

Chris Ofili

Embah, 2017
Oil and charcoal on linen
122 3/4 x 79 in (311.8 x 200.7 cm)
A painting by Chris Ofili, titled Libido, dated 2017.

Chris Ofili

Libido, 2017
Oil and charcoal on linen
122 1/4 x 78 3/4 in (310.5 x 200 cm)
An installation view of the Chris Ofilio exhibition Paradise Lost, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2017.
An installation view of the Chris Ofilio exhibition Paradise Lost, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2017.
An installation view of the Chris Ofilio exhibition Paradise Lost, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2017.
An installation view of the Chris Ofilio exhibition Paradise Lost, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2017.
An installation view of the Chris Ofilio exhibition Paradise Lost, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2017.
A painting by Chris Ofili, titled Ellipsis, dated 2017.

Chris Ofili

Ellipsis, 2017
Oil and charcoal on linen
122 1/4 x 78 3/4 in (310.5 x 200 cm)
A painting by Chris Ofili, titled V, dated 2017.

Chris Ofili

V, 2017
Oil and charcoal on linen
122 x 78 7/8 in (309.9 x 200.3 cm)

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