No Woman, No Cry

Chris Ofili: Night and Day is a retrospective at the New Museum of the oft-praised British artist’s work. So much beautiful work, so much elephant dung, so much current commentary to be gleaned from his work.

Chris Ofili's No Woman, No Cry 1998

Chris Ofili’s No Woman, No Cry 1998

This piece was created in 1998 as a tribute to Stephen Lawrence, a London teenage who was murdered on a public bus in a racially motivated attack in 1993. The botched case did not result in any convictions until 2012. The painting represents Doreen Lawrence,  the mother of Stephen Lawrence, with images of the teen in each teardrop.

More about the Stephen Lawrence case here.

The original No Woman, No Cry

Chris Ofili: Night and Day is on view at the New Museum through 2/1/2015.