(Ivorian [Ivory Coast], active America, b. 1957)
Mixed media on canvas
200 x 200 cm (78 3/4 x 78 3/4 in.)
Gift of Agnes Gund in honor of Tanya Coke 2022.103
© Ouattara Watts
The Cleveland Museum of Art owns a Kanaga mask (1971.289) of the type that is rendered in Sirius #2.
This work features essential elements from a visual vocabulary that Ouattara Watts has developed over the last 45 years: a West African mask floats in the center of a mathematical diagram whose arrows point upward to the heavens and sideways. Ouattara identifies himself as a “citizen of the world.” He grew up in the Ivory Coast, spent a decade in Paris, and then moved to New York, where he has lived since 1989. As seen here, his art reflects the breadth of encounters and ideas that he has accumulated during his travels.
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