Chris Ofili


The nine top exhibitions of 2023—and one absolute turkey

In 2023 the bar for shows was so high it was hard to choose the best. But which one was a stinker?

Chris Ofili’s mural on Grenfell Tower tragedy unveiled at Tate Britain

The work honours the artist and activist Khadija Saye who died in the fire in 2017

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What is the life of a muse like? Not as amusing as you may think

The subjects of great works of art have not always led the romanticised life we imagine, as examples from a new book show


Tim Spall on playing L.S. Lowry. Plus, an exclusive interview with Chris Ofili and Jasmine Thomas-Girvan

We kick off the new season with a behind-the-scenes look at the film Mrs Lowry and Son and explore an artistic relationship in Trinidad

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack and Aimee Dawson

Controversial 'hip-hop version' of the Virgin Mary given to MoMA

Chris Ofili's work—donated by hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen—was once at the centre of a New York culture war

Ofili adds restaurant design to his CV

To celebrate its 50th birthday this year, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago has given itself a gift as part of a building redesign: a new restaurant


New culture war takes root in US as major news outlet censors art

Artists say they are under pressure to tone down their work after Associated Press removes images of controversial pieces

Do the Young British Artists remain a 'sensation'?

The debate regarding the relevancy of the Young British Artists as they enter middle age

Deitch: first glimpse of plans for Los Angeles

The Museum of Contemporary Art could see Ofili's Tate survey enter its doors

Interview with Chris Ofili: Something of the forest and the night

On the eve of his first retrospective, opening this month at Tate Britain, Chris Ofili tells us where he finds his inspiration


Tate reveals what it spent in response to Ofili controversy

In an unprecedented move, the gallery has published the cost of all its purchases for the last two years


Watchdog criticises Tate for Ofili purchase

The Charity Commission is now investigating all acquisitions made from artists while they were serving as trustees

Kapoor succeeds Ofili as Tate Trustee

Meanwhile the Charity Commission investigates purchase of The upper room

Ofili controversy at the Tate will lead to greater openness

After Tate resisted the release of the sums paid for Ofili's 'The Upper Room', Tate will now more often disclose the price of works bought from artist-trustees.


National Portrait Gallery: more transparent than Tate

Commission sum disclosed for Tom Phillips, unlike the purchase of "The Upper Room"


Tate considered buying Ofili installation with US collector

The controversy over the institution’s acquisition of a work by one of its trustees rumbles on


Another side of the mystery Tate/Ofili deal

How Tate bought The Upper Room remains shrouded in mystery and redactions


Tate withholds information in defiance of government guidelines

The gallery will not disclose the purchase price of 13 paintings by trustee Chris Ofili

Tate: Conspiracy or cock-up over Ofili’s Upper Room?

Tate board member Chris Ofili calls on artists to donate work to the Tate whilst selling his own work to the Gallery.

News from London: Artists turned thespians, gallery expansions, and Tate's sweet tooth

Comedian Tony Hancock is revealed as an artist, Tracey Emin makes movies and Anthony D’Offay does a film course