Artist Projects

Jamaica Pavilion

Arthur Simms

Arthur Simms’s work examines cross-cultural dialogue between Jamaica and the United States. In 2001, he was the first Jamaican artist represented at the Venice Biennale. Following that exhibition, he created six new sculptures consisting of found objects gathered in his neighborhood in Queens. Simms’s work takes a formalistic approach to mixed-media, integrating elements of modernists such as Duchamp, non-western traditions including Australian Aboriginal art, and domestic craft techniques from the Caribbean.

Project Updates

  • 2001: Jamaica Pavilion is exhibited at the Venice Biennale