Arena for Contemporary African, African-American and Caribbean Art

Lyle Ashton Harris


Lyle Ashton Harris is one of the selected artists in the exhibition , ‘Futbol: The Beautiful Game’ in LACMA, Los Angeles.



Untitled (Thuram), 2001.




Harris became interested in exploring crowds, masculinity and power during a fellowship in 2001 at the American Academy in Rome. Inspired by a Herald Tribune cover story on racism in Italian soccer as well as Elias Canetti’s book Crowds and Power, Harris produced a photographic essay on the world of Italian soccer (several images of which were published in The New York Times Magazine), plus a set of strangers encountered in the streets and train stations of Rome. In addition to gelatin silver prints, this series consists of archival pigment prints on kozo paper and silver foil, mounted with Ghanaian funerary fabric, which were included in the 2007 Venice Biennale.

Harrisamor-de-mi-vida-2001Amor de mi vida, 2001.

About Lyle Ashton Harris 

Based in New York City, Harris is an associate professor at New York University and has exhibited his work internationally, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the 52nd Venice Biennale.

Harris’ work has been acquired by major international museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Fine Arts Boston; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, among many others. His commissioned work has been featured in a wide range of publications, including The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker.

Harrisblow-up-2001Blow UP, 2001.

Born in New York City, Harris spent his formative years in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. He received his bachelor of arts with honors from Wesleyan University in 1988 and a masters in fine arts from the California Institute of the Arts in 1990. He recently joined the board of trustees of the American Academy in Rome.

Harris is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including the 2009 Goddard Award, the 2009 American Photography Award, the 2001 Rome Prize Fellowship, and the 1991 National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowship for the Visual Arts, among others.

Harrisromanstranger2001Roman Strager, 2001.

Courtesy: CRG Gallery New York/David Castillo Gallery Miami/Maruani & Mercier, Brussels.

Harrisromanstranger2001bRoman Stranger, 2001.