Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin
BEFORE LOOKING AT THIS WORK, LISTEN TO IT.
“HE IS NOT A PAINTER OUATTARA WATTS IS THE BLACK ARCHITECTE” THE BUILDER OF THE CITY OF THE 21ST CENTURY, A CITY OF REUNION, OFASSOCIATION, AND NOT OF DIVISION, IS WHAT ONE FINDS IN THE VERY STRUCTURE OF HIS PAINTING, FOR A REASON. NOT A DUALITY, CONCURRENT FORCES WHICH INTERACT AND WHICH INTERACT WITH IS, A CONSTRUCTION TO WHICH DECONSTRUCTION PARTICIPATES (SEE THE BACKGROUND OF CANVASES OF OUATTARA WHICH EVOKE A UNIVERSE OF CHAOS BUT ALSO OF ENERGY). TO BECOME AWARE THAT WE TAKE PART IN THIS ALL.
—Robert Farris Thompson
Ouattara Watts was born in Abidjan. He studied at L’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux- Arts Paris. Lives and works in New York. Watts has exhibited at MoMA PS1, the Whitney Biennial, and the New Museum in New York. He has also held solo exhibitions at various institutions and galleries including: Hess Art Collection,San Fransisco usa and Paarl, South Africa; Magazzino d’arte Moderna, Rome, Italy; Galeria Leyendeker, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Island, Spain; The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; Leo Koenig, New York, NY; Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO; The Kemper Museum, Kansas City, MO; Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY; Documenta in Kassel, Germany; Berkeley Museum, San Francisco, USA; Japan, and elsewhere. In other words, Ouattara Watts is a citizen of the world. As he puts it, “ There’s no point being a painter if your work doesn’t speak to people everywhere.” His does. —excerpted from Watts’ artist website