New York

Nari Ward

Lehmann Maupin | New York, W 24 Street

Over the course of the past decade, Nari Ward’s large-scale sculptures and installations have often been invested in the local. At the 2008 Prospect.1 biennial in New Orleans, for instance, his installation of a diamond-shaped structure made with damaged gym equipment seemed an appropriate reflection on the city’s powerlessness in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Ward’s exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 2002 responded to the institution by exploring the staff’s role as caretakers; and in 2000, during a residency at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the artist held workshops in which he asked residents from several Twin Cities communities about the word home and then created a cagelike edifice based on the region’s historic ice palaces, which stood in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden for two years. For “LIVESupport,” his solo debut at Lehmann Maupin Gallery,

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