© Ouattara Watts

Blood Brother, 2007
mixed media on canvas, 82 1/2 x 118 inches

Ouattara Watts
For Lily

Mike Weiss Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new large-scale paintings by Ouattara Watts.

Born in Adidjan, Ivory Coast, Ouattara studied painting in Paris, and has lived and worked in New York for the past nineteen years. His latest body of work seems to take on the world as its subject matter - geo-politics, jazz, allusions to classical African clay architecture, even an homage to Baudelaire - reflecting on the artist's multicultural identity and lifetime of travel.

The mixed-media paintings on view are ambitiously sized assemblages (some measuring as large as ten feet), executed in vibrant colors and packed with photographs, pieces of tapestry, old maps and other material elements that have been collaged onto the surface. The intensity of Ouattara's mark-making and his combination of forms demonstrates a keen sense of rhythm and a distinctive blend of gravity and wit. Symbols, numbers, animals and geometric shapes filter throughout the paintings, weaving together details and historical narratives that channel a spiritual force field shared across cultures. Ouattara's deep iconography of imagery reaches far and wide, referencing the fragmented quality of contemporary culture and communicating a dynamic vision that extends beyond geographic boundaries.

This is Ouattara's second exhibition at Mike Weiss Gallery. The artist has had previous exhibitions at Gagosian and Leo Koenig, and his work was featured in the 2002 Whitney Biennial and in Documenta 11. In 2008 Ouattara will have solo exhibitions at Galeriá Leyendecker in Tenerife, Canary Islands and at the Hess Art Collection, International Contemporary Art at Glen Carlou in Paarl, South Africa.

A fully illustrated catalog with an essay by Dr. Robert Farris Thompson will accompany the exhibition.

Exhibition: November 15, 2007 - January 5, 2008
Gallery hours: Tues-Sat 10am - 6pm and by appointment

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