In Focus: Living History
Tate Modern: Exhibition
11 November 200611 November 2007
Chris Ofili, 'No Woman, No Cry' 1998

Chris Ofili
No Woman, No Cry 1998
Acrylic, oil, polyester resin, paper collage, glitter, map pins and elephant dung on canvas
support: 2438 x 1828 x 51 mm
Purchased 1999© Courtesy Chris Ofili - Afroco and Victoria Miro Gallery

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Twenty-five artists are represented in this illuminating display of works that reference some of the most historic events of the last 100 years. Featured works include David Bomberg’s evocative depiction of Canadian soldiers during the First World War, and Pablo Picasso’s Weeping Women 1936 which mourns the casualties of the Spanish Civil War. Also on display is David Reeb’s commentary on the Israeli-Palestine conflict, Let’s Have Another War 1997, and Chris Ofili’s No Woman No Cry 1998 which was conceived as a touching tribute to the race-hate victim Stephen Lawrence. Interesting and diverse, this display invites viewers to reconsider the relationship between art and history.