If you haven't yet seen the explosive and wryly humorous exhibition of Nari Ward's Sun Splashed at PAMM, don't miss it. Born in Jamaica, the artist has evolved his politically-provocative career in the U.S., creating works that honor and critique societal mores. He weaves his often scathing commentary through a range of unexpected industrial materials and found objects, often scoured from the streets and abandoned lots. Layered with references to history, immigration and power relationships, many of Ward's works also play with stereotypes that bridge U.S. and Caribbean culture.
Diana Nawi, who curated the show, has gracefully navigated the regional relevance and engagement of Ward’s work. The acquisition of one of his pieces was celebrated on Tuesday during PAMM's third annual reception for purchase of African-American art.
His exhibition resonates especially well with former student Firelei Báez’s Bloodlines, which closes March 6.
And closing Feb. 29: Carlos Salas show at MOCA-North Miami.