ODILI DONALD ODITA


ODILI DONALD ODITA Accelerator 2014 Oil on canvas 127 x 152.5cm
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Odili Donald Odita was born in 1966 in Enugu, Nigeria. He lives and works in Philadelphia and New York. In 1990 he graduated with a Master of Fine Art from Bennington College in Vermont. Points of departure of his work are historic as well as socio-political contexts. In his work he explores the complexity of colours which are a reflection of his travels. Thus he creates unique colours – a metaphor for the diversity and variety inherent in people and objects. Odita has received numerous awards and fellowships, has exhibited at international institutions, galleries and museums, and took part in the 52nd Venice Biennial in 2007 with his exhibition Give me a shelter. His exhibition Third Degree of Separation has been on display at the Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town since March 2015.

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
The Velocity of Change, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, USA

2015

Third Degree of Separation, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

 

2013

This, That, and the Other, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, USA

 

2012

Event Horizon, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa

Heaven’s Gate, Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) Museum of Art, Savannah, USA

 

2010

Body and Space, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, USA

Perspectives 169, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, USA

 

2009

Television, Project Series, Ulrich Museum at Wichita State University, Wichita, USA

 

2008

Double Edge, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa

Third Space, Ramp Project, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, USA

 

2007

Equalizer, Project Space, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA

Flow, Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, USA

 

2006

Fusion, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, USA

 

2005

Paradise, Wertz Contemporary, Atlanta, USA

 

2004

The Third Eye, Haunch of Venison AG (Galerie Judin Belot), Zurich, Switzerland

Notes from Paradise, Florence Lynch Gallery, New York, USA

 

2003

RESIST ANCE , Matrix Art Project, Brussels, Belgium

Transformer, Hospitalhof, Stuttgart, Germany

New Work, Schmidt Contemporary Art, St Louis, USA

 

2002

Interlude, Wintergarten, Vienna, Austria

New Works, Miami Art Museum, Miami, USA

 

2001

Life, Riva Gallery, New York, USA

Paintings and Drawings, Florence Lynch Gallery, New York, USA

 

2000

Transfers/Odyssey, Kunsthalle, St Gallen, Switzerland

Passport, Jenn Joy Gallery, San Francisco, USA

New Work, Alex Rosenberg Art Gallery, Hofstra University, New York, USA

 

1999

Color Theory, Florence Lynch Gallery, New York, USA

The Invisible Empire, Gallery 101, Ottawa, Canada

 

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2015

Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA

 

2014

Chroma, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa

 

2012

Never Underestimate a Monochrome, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, USA

Magical Visions: 10 Contemporary African American Artists, Mechanical Hall Gallery, University of Delaware, Newark, USA

 

2011

ARS 11, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland

Karmic Abstraction, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, USA

Geography of Somewhere, Brodie/Stevenson, Johannesburg, South Africa

20 Years Thami Mnyele Foundation, CBK Zuidoost, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

2010

The Global Africa Project, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA

Pleased to Meet You: South Africa, Gateway to Africa, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Wild is the Wind, Savannah College of Art and Design, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, USA

 

2009

Wallworks, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA

 

2008

Summer 2008/9: Projects, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa

 

2007

Tapping Currents: Contemporary African Art and the Diaspora, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, USA

Think with the Senses, Feel with the Mind, 52nd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

The Color Line, Jack Shainman Gallery, NYC, USA; Centre international d’exposition de Larouche, Canada (curated by Odita)

Contemporary Art of Africa and the African Diaspora, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, USA

Exquisite Crisis and Encounters, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, New York, USA

 

2006

Luanda Triennial, Angola

Ordering and Seduction, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland

Distant Relatives/Relative Distance, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa; Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

The Beautiful Game, Roebling Hall, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Holy Land: Diaspora and the desert, Heard Museum of Native American Art, Phoenix, USA

Nederland 1, Museum Gouda, Gouda, The Netherlands

Parallel Economies, Wertz Contemporary, Atlanta, USA

 

2005

Round Leather Worlds, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany

The Shape of Colour: Excursions in colour field art, 1950-2005, Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada

Surface Charge, Virginia Commonwealth University Museum, Richmond, USA

A Warlike People: Victims or Perpetrators, Monorchid Gallery, Phoenix, USA

 

2004

Dak’Art, Dakar Biennale, Senegal

Flipside, Artists Space, New York, USA

UnStaged, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Anthology of Art, Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Braunschweig, Germany; Département d’Arts plastiques, Université Rennes, France; Art History Department, University of Budapest, Hungary; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany; Zentrum für Medienkunst, Karlsruhe, Germany; Manifest/Symposium, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany; Neuhardenberg Foundation, Berlin, Germany; Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany

Visualizing Diaspora/Constructing Self, GASP, Boston, USA

Transit: Abstracting the System, City Gallery at Chastain, Atlanta, USA

Home Extension, University Art Museum, Albany, USA

 

2003

A Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary Africa Abroad, Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis, USA; Purnell Center for the Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, USA; Blaffer Gallery, Art Museum of the University of Houston, USA

Black President, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA; Barbican Art Galleries, London, UK; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, USA

After Matisse and Picasso, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, USA

Yellow Pages, Turm Galerie, Helmstedt, Germany

 

2002

Collection in Context, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA

Miami Currents, Miami Art Museum, Miami, USA

The Field’s Edge: Africa, Diaspora, Lens, University of South Florida, Tampa, USA

Painting as Paradox, Artists Space, New York, USA

Peculiarly Pink, LUXE, New York, USA

Irrational Propositions, POST, Los Angeles, USA

Pictures, Greene/Naftali Inc, New York, USA

 

2001

Here and Now, Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland; Galeria Arsenal, Bialystok, Poland

Against the Wall: Painting against the Grid, Surface and Frame, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, USA

Material and Matter, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA

Chelsea Rising, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, USA

Pleasures of Sight and States of Being: Radical Abstract Painting, Museum of Fine Arts, FSU, and the Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, USA

 

2000

Transcending The Norm And Some, New Jersey City University, Lemmerman Gallery, New Jersey, USA

Five Continents and One City, Tercer Salón Internacional de Pintura, Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico

 

1999

Zeitwenden: Ausblick Rückblick (Jet Lag Experiment), Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (mumok), Vienna, Austria

IN-VISIBLE: Abstractions & Narratives, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Poland

Outside Edge: A Survey, Université de Paris 1, Pantheon, La Sorbonne, Paris, France

4X4; Alexandre de Folin Gallery, New York, USA

Ideoscape, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, USA

Vanishing Pt, Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York, USA

You Are Here, Matrix Art Project, New York, USA

 

1998

Crossing Lines, Art-In-General, New York, USA

 

1997

2nd Johannesburg Biennale, South Africa

Diversity in Contemporary Africa: Survey Exhibition of Contemporary African Art, Ohio State University, Columbus, USA

REALLY, UnFinished Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Interior-Life, RUSH Arts Galleries, New York, USA

Aphrodisia, The Alternative Museum, New York, USA

 

1996

Something I Saw in Brooklyn…, Galerie Elizabeth Valleix, Paris, France

ONE, RUSH Arts Galleries, New York, USA

At the Foreground of Paths, Skoto Gallery, New York, USA

 

1995

Modern Life, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, in conjunction with Newark Museum, New Jersey, USA

GOTCHA!, Momenta Art, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, USA

CELEBRITY’Hood, Longwood Arts Project, Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx, New York, USA

Either/Or, Flamingo East, New York, USA

Other Rooms, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, USA

Split-Level, Art-in-General, New York, USA

Unfolding Stories, John Jay College of Art, Music & Philosophy, City University of New York, USA

 

1994

The Third Forum of Visual Art, Museum of Art, Brasilia, Brazil

FIReD: a late nite comedy show, THICKET, New York, USA; No BIAS, North Bennington, USA

Go Back and Fetch It (It Means Sankofa), Gallery ANNEXT and RUSH Arts Management, New York, USA

 

1993

FIAR INTERNATIONAL PRIZE – Art Under 30 (1991-1993), National Academy of Design, New York, USA

Trespass-Beyond Borders, Right Bank Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, USA

A Grand Tour, Swiss Institute, New York, USA

 

1992

Without A Notion (A Painting Show), 88 Room, Boston, USA

 

 

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

 

2007  Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, New York, USA

2004  Thami Mnyele Residency Foundation Grant for African Artists, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1999  Kulturzentrum Reithalle Artist Residency, St Gallen, Switzerland

1998  ART/OMI – International Artist Residency, Omi, New York, USA

 

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