An incredibly influential figure in the contemporary art world, Okwui Enwezor has passed away at just 55 years old. Not only a curator and art historian, Enwezor was a poet and critic whose astute way of thinking pushed for a more global view of art. Born in Awkuzu, Nigeria, he moved to the Bronx as a teenager, and over his career he was the artistic director at Munich’s Haus der Kunst, first non-European curator of Documenta, and the first African-born director of the Venice Biennale. He worked tirelessly to increase the visibility of non-white artists, saying, “We have reached a point where we cannot have one homogenized narrative, one view of the future, a singular idea of what constitutes the good life, even though we have inherited certain monolithic cultural, social, and political ways of thinking about the world. This monolithic narrative has become increasingly untenable and can no longer hold.” Read more at Artforum.
Farewell to Influential Curator and Art Historian, Okwui Enwezor