Yinka Shonibare MBE


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Yinka Shonibare MBE in conversation at Kensington Palace

Shonibare will be in conversation with Glenn Adamson, from the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, at the King’s State Apartments within Kensington Palace (4 September). The two speakers will talk about the artist’s new sculptural commission, Mrs Pinckney and the Emancipated Birds of South Carolina. The discussion provides viewers with an opportunity to gain insight into how Shonibare’s work offers a complex exploration and nuanced investigation into topics dealing with race, class and the meaning of cultural and national definitions.

Yinka Shonibare MBE and Candice Breitz on new triennial in Cleveland

Shonibare and Breitz have been invited to participate in the inaugural FRONT International Cleveland Triennial exhibition (14 July – 30 September 2018) planned by cultural impresario Fred Bidwell, a collector, Cleveland Museum of Art trustee and co-founder of the Transformer Station in Ohio City. Organisers hope the event will draw as many as 300,000 viewers and establish Cleveland as a cultural destination along the likes of Kassel, Germany, where documenta is held.

Shonibare will create an installation in the Cleveland Public Library’s Brett Hall that will include 6,000 books covered in the artist’s signature batik cloth and embossed with the names of immigrants who have shaped American art and culture. Breitz will exhibit Love Story (2016), a seven-channel installation that interrogates the mechanics of identification and the conditions under which empathy is produced. The work evokes the global scale of the so-called ‘refugee crisis,’ evolving out of lengthy interviews conducted with the six participants in the countries where they are seeking or have been granted asylum.

Various artists at Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea

Four Goodman Gallery artists – Kudzanai Chiurai, Gabrielle Goliath, Tracey Rose and Yinka Shonibare – are included on the Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea’s group exhibition, AFRICA. Telling a world (27 June – 11 September). Curated by Adelina von Furstenberg, the exhibition investigates the diversity of contemporary African art practices, and poses questions surrounding the issues of racial, political, gender and religious identities that continue to inform the continent at large.

Yinka Shonibare on group show exploring royalty at the Kensington Palace

Shonibare’s Mrs Pinckney and the Emancipated Birds of South Carolina features on Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World at Kensington Palace (22 June – 12 November). The work was commissioned especially for the exhibition, which is presented by Historic Royal Palaces and the Yale Center for British Art. It explores the lives of three German princesses whose marriage into the British royal family and wide-ranging interests placed them at the very heart of the Enlightenment underway in 18th-century Britain.

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