Daily Dose Pick: Chris Ofili

Notorious for the Virgin Mary painting that riled Giuliani and was attacked by a religious fanatic, Chris Ofili is a maker of marvelous art.

Whether it’s adding clumps of elephant dung to paintings or displaying canvases atop the balls of excrement, Ofili’s engagement with the spiritual through base materials is profound. His dense and decorative works address sex, beauty, and religion from fresh perspectives, and his installations advance the ways we consider art. A new Rizzoli monograph explores the complexity of this Manchester-born, Trinidad-based artist in depth.

Visit Ofili’s gallery page, check out his current exhibition, watch a video about his exhibition The Upper Room, read an interview between Ofili and Peter Doig, and buy his new monograph online — or pick up a signed copy while meeting the artist at David Zwirner.

The Holy Virgin Mary 1996  Acrylic, oil, resin, and elephant dung on canvas, Image Size: 95.98 x 71.97 inches, 243.8 x 182.8 cm, Courtesy David Zwirner Gallery, New York

Chris Ofili, The Holy Virgin Mary,  1996, Acrylic, oil, resin, and elephant dung on canvas,  Image Size: 95.98 x 71.97 inches, 243.8 x 182.8 cm, Courtesy Chris Ofili/Afroco and David Zwirner, New York

Chris Ofili, Monkey Magic - Sex, Drugs & Money - flip side, 2001,  Acrylic, oil, synthetic resin, and dung, Image Size: 95.98 x 72.44 x 6.89 inches
Chris Ofili, Monkey Magic - Sex, Drugs & Money - flip side, 2001, Acrylic, oil, synthetic resin, and dung, Image Size: 95.98 x 72.44 x 6.89 inches
Chris Ofili, Afro Apparition 2002-2003  Acrylic paint, oil paint, polyester resin, glitter, map pins, and elephant dung on linen, Image Size: 108.27 x 84.25 inches
Chris Ofili, Afro Apparition, 2002-2003, Acrylic paint, oil paint, polyester resin, glitter, map pins, and elephant dung on linen, Image Size: 108.27 x 84.25 inches, Courtesy Chris Ofili/Afroco and David Zwirner, New York
Chris Ofili, Within Reach, installation at the 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy 2003
Chris Ofili, Within Reach, installation at the 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2003, Courtesy Chris Ofili/Afroco and David Zwirner, New York
Afro Muses: Harem 2 1995-2005  9 works; each watercolor and graphite on paper, Image Size: each: 9.57 x 6.18 inches
Chris Ofili, Afro Muses: Harem 2, 1995-2005, 9 works; each watercolor and graphite on paper, Image Size: each: 9.57 x 6.18 inches, Courtesy Chris Ofili/Afroco and David Zwirner, New York
Chris Ofili, Her Gift Two & His Gift Two 2006, Gouache, ink, charcoal, and gold leaf on paper, Image Size: Diptych; each framed: 76 x 36 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches 193 x 93.3 x 5.7 cm Each; paper: 63 x 25 3/4 inches
Chris Ofili, Her Gift Two & His Gift Two, 2006, Gouache, ink, charcoal, and gold leaf on paper, Image Size: Diptych; each framed: 76 x 36 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches, Each; paper: 63 x 25 3/4 inches, Courtesy Chris Ofili/Afroco and David Zwirner, New York
Thirty Pieces of Silver 2006  Oil, acrylic, and charcoal on canvas, Image Size: 109.61 x 78.82 inches;
Chis Ofili, Thirty Pieces of Silver, 2006, Oil, acrylic, and charcoal on canvas, Image Size: 109.61 x 78.82 inches, Courtesy Chris Ofili/Afroco and David Zwirner, New York
Douen's Dance 2007  Oil on linen, Image Size: 110 5/8 x 76 3/4 inches
Chris Ofili, Douen's Dance 2007 Oil on linen, Image Size: 110 5/8 x 76 3/4 inches, Courtesy Chris Ofili/Afroco and David Zwirner, New York
The Raising of Lazarus 2007  Oil on canvas, Image Size: Canvas: 109.72 x 78.9 x 1.63 inches
Chris Ofili, The Raising of Lazarus, 2007, Oil on canvas, Image Size: Canvas: 109.72 x 78.9 x 1.63 inches, Courtesy Chris Ofili/Afroco and David Zwirner, New York