Chris Ofili: Poolside Magic accompanies an exhibition by the artist comprising a suite of pastel, charcoal and watercolour works on paper, which are being shown together for the first time. The series, in which a man in coat-tails serves a naked woman beside a swimming pool, riffs on themes of sexuality, mutability, magic and the occult, making reference to the vibrant and sensuous landscape and culture of Trinidad, where Chris Ofili lives and works. The body of work is generously illustrated in a singer sewn, portfolio-style publication which includes archival source material alongside a textual poetic reflection.
This exhibition and publication inaugurate a new gallery opened by Victoria Miro in Venice. Housed in the former Galleria Il Capricorno, Victoria Miro Venice will be the gallery’s fourth exhibition space, joining gallery sites in Mayfair and Wharf Road, London.