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The sweet smell of success

Article relating to an exhibition, 1998
Published by: The Financial Times
Year published: 1998

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original clipping from broadsheet/monochrome text on pink newsprint/short article (possibly in ‘arts’ section)

Title: The sweet smell of success
subtitle: Chris Ofili has stolen the honours this year
Author: Antony Thorncroft
Source: The Financial Times, Wednesday 2 December, 1998 (no page ref)
Article is accompanied by a monochrome photograph of Chris Ofili in his studio with the following caption: “Chris Ofili, whose work combines a rhythm of Africa with the rap beats of the inner city”.

Light article in tone, mainly detailing the artist winning the Turner Prize the previous evening. The author then gives a fairly open ended description of the artist’s work and concludes the piece with a short statement of how the Turner Prize exhibition at the Tate (Pimlico) had attracted a younger audience into the gallery.

From the article: “Ofili’s paintings have a sunshiney, folksy look, reminiscent of an African street market. His portraits are often familiar black icons, with Afro hairstyles and exuberant poses. But there is an inner city, urban feel to the work: Ofili is drawn to gangsta rap and likens the imposing of layers of paint on the canvases to the laying down of instruments on a record.”

Related people

»  Tacita Dean

Born, 1965 in Canterbury, UK

»  Cathy de Monchaux

Born, 1960 in London, UK

»  Chris Ofili

Born, 1968 in Manchester, UK

»  Sam Taylor-Wood

Born, 1967 in London, England

Related exhibitions

»  Turner Prize 1998

Group show at Tate Britain. 1998 - 1999

Related venues

»  Tate Britain

London, United Kingdom