Nari Ward’s dramatic sculptural installations are composed of systematically collected material from his urban neighborhood. By revealing the numerous emotions inherent within found everyday objects, Ward’s works examine issues surrounding race, poverty, and consumer culture.

Ward was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial in New York and Documenta XI in Kassel (2003), and his works have been exhibited at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit. Recent solo exhibitions include Episodes at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, The Refinery X: A small twist of fate at the Palazzo delle Papesse-Centro Arte Contemporanea in Siena, Italy, and Rites of Way at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Ward received commissions from the United Nations and the World Health Organization, and Awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation.

Nari Ward
St. Andrews, 1963

Past Exhibitions

Nari Ward: We The People

New Museum
13/02/2019 — 26/05/2019

Nari Ward: Holding Patterns per Arte – impresa – territorio

Villa Pacchiani Centro Espositivo 20/10/2018 — 06/01/2019

Radical Materiality

Lehmann Maupin Hong Kong
07/07/2016 — 27/08/2016

Nari Ward: Sun Splashed

The Barnes Foundation 24/06/2016 — 22/08/2016

Nari Ward: Smart Tree

The High Line
01/04/2016 — 01/04/2017

Solo Shows

Nari Ward: We the People, New Museum, New York, US
Down Doors, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, IT

Nari Ward – Holding Patterns, Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull’Arno, IT Correctional, Lehmann Maupin, Seoul, KR
Nari Ward: G.O.A.T., Again, DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA, US

Sun Splashed, ICA, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, US
Nari Ward: G.O.A.T., again, Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, US
TILL, LIT, Lehmann Maupin, New York, US

Smart Tree, High Line Project, New York, US
Sun Splashed, The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, US


Nari Ward: Sun Splashed, Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami
Breathing Directions, Lehmann Maupin, New York
So Called, Savannah College of Art and Design Museum, Savannah


Rooted Communities: Nari Ward, LSU Museum of Art, Baton Rouge


Château de Blandy-les-Tours, Blandy, France
Iris Hope Keeper, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy


Liberty and Orders, Lehmann Maupin, New York


We the People, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia
Domino Men, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy
Nari Ward: Sub Mirage Lignum, MASS MoCA, North Adams


Nari Ward: Re-Presence, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park
Lehmann Maupin, New York

Group Shows

The Warmth of Other Suns, The Phillips Collection, Washington DC, US (forthcoming)

We the People: New Art from the Collection, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, US
Open Spaces, The City of Kansas City; Kansas City, MO, US
TIME BOMB – Watermill Center Summer Benefit, Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation, Long Island, NY
Nari Ward: Scapegoat, The Fields at Art Omi Sculpture Park, Ghent, NY, US
2018 Ceremonial Exhibition: Work by New Members and Recipients of Awards, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, US
Objects Like Us, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT, US
Worlds Otherwise Unknown, Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
ICA Collection: Entangled in the Everyday, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts, US
American Landscape, Lehmann Maupin, New York, US
Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA, US
Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, US
Defining America, John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC, US

Out of Sight! Art of the Senses, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, US
Now Here is Nowhere, Italian Cultural Institute, New York, IT
Fingerspitzengeühl, Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, US
Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale the Society Has the Capacity to Destroy, Part 1, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, US
20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, US
Spots, Dots, Pips, Tiles: An Exhibition About Dominoes, Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL, US
UPTOWN: nasty women/bad hombres, El Museo del Barrio, New York, US Uptown, Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, New York, US
Pledges of Allegiance, Creative Time, NY, US Alien Nations, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY, US

Radical Materiality, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Hong Kong, CN
C.Ar.D 2016, Consorzio Agrario Aguzzano, Piacenza, IT


Black: Color, Material, Concept, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
US IS THEM, Pizzuti Collection, Columbus
The Great Mother, The Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Palazzo Reale, Milan
Bring in the reality, Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York
New Ways of Seeing: Beyond Culture, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, New York
Future Seasons Past, Lehmann Maupin, New York
The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago
Community of Influence, benefit auction for the Vermont Studio Center, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York


FOOD, MuCEM – Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France
In Plain Sight, Opa-locka Community Development Corporation, Opa-locka
IN _ WE TRUST: Art and Money, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus
Black Eye, 57 Walker Street, New York
Caribbean: Crossroads of the World, Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami
FOOD, SESC Pinheiros, Sao Paulo


Surviving Sandy, Dedalus Foundation, Brooklyn
Justice Blind, Rush Philanthropic Art Foundation’s Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn
Seventh Inning Stretch, Firestone Gallery, East Hampton
Nasher Museum and the 50th Anniversary, The Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham
Blacks in Black and White, Brand New Gallery, Milan
NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, The New Museum, New York
We the People, the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs
Wall, Canzani Center Gallery, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus


FOOD: Reflections on Mother Earth, Agriculture and Feeding, Musée Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland
I Followed You Into the Water, Lehmann Maupin, New York
28 Days, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto
Points of View: Twenty Years of Artists in Residence, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston


The Bearden Project, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
Galeria Continua, Beijing
MuMo (Mobile Museum), L’Art à l’Enfance, Francem Cameroon; Benin; Senegal
Terre Vulnerabili 1/4, Fondazione HangarBicocca, Milan


Nanjing Biennial, Nanjing
Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Rotunda, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
REM(A)INDERS, Galleria Continua, Beijing
Transparency: Art for Energy, MACRO – Museo D’Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome

Contacts & Details

City of birth: St. Andrews Country of birth: Jamaica Date of birth: 1963 Lives in: New York