Drawing from his own experience growing up in the U.K. and Nigeria, Yinka Shonibare investigates political and social histories related to post-colonialism and globalization, reconfiguring iconic imagery from the Western art-historical canon with a playful and ironic touch. In part owing to his continued experimentation with varying forms of media, Shonibare’s art, even the End of an Empire challenges simple categorization, which is probably why Yinka is so critically acclaimed. Yinka Shonibare MBE – End of Empire, 2016, Turner Contemporary. Shonibare has become well known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalization. These names include Winston Churchill, Prince Philip and Dame Helen Mirren. Yinka Shonibare As part of the Wind Sculpture series, this piece uses a metaphor for migration. ‘The British Library’ by Yinka Shonibare CBE is a celebration of the diversity of the British population. In 2016 he created the RA Family Album, which was used to wrap Burlington Gardens building during construction.In 2018 he was awarded the decoration of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, or CBE.Shonibare’s works are included in notable collections internationally, including the Tate Collection, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome and VandenBroek Foundation, The Netherlands.
His writing has appeared in Alison Saar and Hadley Roach take a stroll through Madison Square Park to explore the stages and cycles of the Liza Béar talks to Miquel Barceló about his 26-foot bronze sculpture, Legacy Russell spoke to artist Patricia Cronin about the installation of her I believe that each of us is given one sentence at birth, and we spend the rest of our life trying to read that sentence and make sense of it.BOMB Magazine has been publishing conversations between artists of all disciplines since 1981. These immigrants and incoming migrants have all made a significant contribution to aspects of British life and culture, from science to music, art, cinema and literature. BOMB's Oral History Project is dedicated to collecting, documenting, and preserving the stories of distinguished visual artists of the African Diaspora.Join our newsletter for a weekly update of recent highlights and upcoming events.Sign up for a print + digital subscription now and save 40% off the cover price. It consists of an installation of thousands of books covered in the artist’s signature Dutch wax printed cotton textile.
British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare’s first public sculpture in New York City, Osman Can Yerebakan is a New York-based art writer and curator. Yinka Shonibare first came to widespread attention through his use of Dutch wax fabric, which he has used both as the ground of his paintings and to clothe his sculptures. On the spines of many of these books are printed the names of notable first and second generation immigrants and incoming migrants to Britain who have moved here throughout history. Conclusion. The installation also includes tablets through which you can learn more about the people named on the books and access information looking at immigration from pro-immigration, anti-immigration and neutral viewpoints. 1 h 3 min 17 sec.
In 2008, his mid-career survey commenced at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and toured to the Brooklyn Museum, New York and the Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C. Sporadic howls and thuds punctuate my conversation with Yinka Shonibare. In this interview, conducted in October 2008 at Shonibare Studio in London, Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA) talks about his collaborative process, his vision for an artist’s residency and community (now called Guest Projects), and the meaning of failure.
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