Yinka Shonibare

Martha Miller posted about a traveling show by Nigerian-British artist Yinka Shonibare on her blog in April; NPR ran a piece about it this morning.  Here’s his page, and here are some pictures. 

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Sir Foster Cunliffe, Playing


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Another view of Sir Foster Cunliffe

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In conversation


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The Reverend on Ice


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Prospero's Monsters


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Out for a walk




  1. cymast

     /  November 16, 2009

    My fav is the 2 females with the revolvers drawn.

    The “headless” theme is especially intriguing given that Shonibare is wheelchair-bound.

  2. acilius

     /  November 17, 2009

    I think his best sculptures are the ones that look weightless, so my favorite is “The Reverend on Ice.” That’s why I didn’t include any of the sculptures of costumes humping each other, because they look heavy and slow.

  3. cymast

     /  November 17, 2009

    I think the 2 females is an intriguing headless take on the theme of female rivalry.

    I also really like the movement of the skating Reverend.

    The humping ones are humorous and fit very well with the headless theme, IMO. I agree they’re “heavy and slow.”

  4. believer1

     /  December 10, 2009

    As a sociologst I love the “In Conversation” pic. It reminds me of Georg Simmel’s concept “the stranger”. The stranger a person that we don’t know much about, but we meet them so we can buy something, accomplish sometithing…
    we only identfy with the stranger on very general terms.

  5. acilius

     /  December 10, 2009

    Believer, that’s very interesting! I don’t at all know what to make of the “headless” motif. That’s a very thought-provoking interpretation.

  6. cymast

     /  December 10, 2009

    My take on “In Conversation” was it’s a conversation between 2 upper-class ladies who aren’t strangers by virtue of their dress. Interesting how different people interpret art differently. That’s was makes it “art.”

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