The Easel

Okwui Enwezor Has Died at Age 55, the Visionary Curator Broadened the Geographic Scope of the Contemporary Art World

Enwezor was regarded as a great among contemporary curators. Initially a poet, he switched to curating contemporary art and rose to the pinnacle of curation – the Venice Biennale. His exhibitions were distinguished by “aesthetic rigour” and a willingness to tackle art’s “persistent Euro- and Western-centrism … he created a revolution in curating contemporary art.”