Yinka Shonibare MBE


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Various artists on a traveling group exhibition in Albuquerque

Five Goodman Gallery artists – Kudzanai Chiurai, Haroon Gunn-Salie, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Mikhael Subotzky (in collaboration with Patrick Waterhouse) and Hank Willis Thomas – feature on Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, a group exhibition hosted by Albuquerque Museum in the United States (3 February – 6 May). The exhibition offers a vision of Africa in the twenty-first century as a place of unbounded optimism, rapid growth, and massive cultural transformation and presents the continent as a hub of experimentation that generates innovative design approaches and solutions with worldwide relevance.

Yinka Shonibare MBE receives a grant from the prestigious VIA Art Fund

Yinka Shonibare MBE is one of three artists, alongside Tacita Dean and Zanele Muholi, to be awarded a grant from the Boston-based cultural project organisation, VIA Art Fund. The monies obtained from the award will be used to help realise Shonibare MBE‘s The American Library, a room-sized installation containing over 6 000 batik covered books at the Cleveland Public Library for FRONT International which opens in July 2018.

Yinka Shonibare MBE on exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London

Yinka Shonibare MBE’s latest virtual reality artwork, Venus Presenting Helen to Paris (with Townley Venus), is showcased on the Royal Academy of Arts’ From Life exhibition in London (11 December – 11 March). Taking place across the Sackler Wing of Galleries and the Tennant Gallery, the exhibition examines what making art from life has meant to artists throughout history and how the practice is evolving as technology opens up new ways of creating and visualising artwork. Having previously experimented with virtual reality technology, Shonibare has created new artwork for the exhibition; a work that offers a three-dimensional rendering of a neo-classical painting, and features a cast of Venus dressed in the artist’s trademark batik fabric.

Yinka Shonibare MBE on museum exhibition in Texas

Odile and Odette by Shonibare MBE, which forms part of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s permanent collection, is featured on their group exhibition Figures from the Collection (9 December – 28 January). The exhibition offers various artists’ perspectives on people and their surroundings. The works’ subject matter ranges from autobiographical and inclusive of friends and acquaintances to historical or completely fictional. Within the context of the exhibition, Shonibare’s work explores the social constructs which inform the human condition by examining racial and cultural stereotypes through juxtaposing a white and a black ballerina dancing each other’s mirror image in what is traditionally a solo from Swan Lake.

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