Tate ETC. 18: Christy Lange & Chris Ofili

Tate ETC. 18 (spring 2010) includes an interview with Christy Lange and Chris Ofili…


I remember going to see ‘Late Picasso’ at Tate Britain (1988), which represented this incredible flood of energy late in his life. I saw how his statements had come one after another in rapid succession, obviously fuelled by ability and immense confidence. I also saw the late paintings of Hans Hofmann shown at Tate (also 1988). His statements were built up over a period of time by making smaller and more arbitrary marks, which then became very definite, coloured rectangles. I remember those two shows clearly, because they both featured the work of painters late in their careers, which can often be an incredible moment or period of enlightenment – or abandonment.