Art: Private View - Chris Ofili Serpentine Gallery, London W2
Saturday 26 September 1998
There are a number of things that one needs to get straight before making a judgement about Ofili's work. The first is not to take what he does too seriously (not that there is much chance of that with titles such as The Adoration of Captain Shit and the Legend of the Black Stars) and the second is not to take it too lightly - for behind the super-decorative swirls of paint and glitter lies a very personal attack on the racial and sexual stereotypes that still lurk at the base of our so-called modern society.
Chris Ofili, Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 (0171- 402 6075) to 1 Nov
The Jerwood Prize, Union Street, London SE1 (01372 462190) to 8 Nov
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