The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Saturday, July 26, 2014


Yinka Shonibare's installation in Chicago premieres three sculptures from his new Wind Series
Yinka Shonibare, MBE, Wind Sculpture I (installed at Yorkshire Sculpture Park), 2013. © The Artist / DACS, London / Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai
CHICAGO, IL.- This summer, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents the London-based artist Yinka Shonibare MBE, the next artist for the annual plaza series. Shonibare’s installation premieres three sculptures from his new Wind Series. Roughly twenty feet high, each monumental sculpture captures the movement of a billowing bolt of fabric, with designs inspired by the sails of ships, and patterns derived from Dutch wax fabric, or “African” batik. Shonibare works with these iconic fabrics to consider how signs of national or ethnic identity are culturally constructed. Curated by Naomi Beckwith, Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator at the MCA, the exhibition is on view June 16 to October 31, 2014.

Shonibare was born in England, and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, in the wake of Nigeria’s struggle for independence. Influenced by his personal experiences living in a newly liberated nation, and the country’s relationship with its former colonial ruler, his wide-ranging works—including photography, sculpture, film, installation, and performance—explore and question the construction of cultural and national identity in a globalized society.

In his cross-cultural investigations, Shonibare often examines moments in Western art history, especially the Rococo and Victorian periods that correspond with the early days of transatlantic maritime trade. He is best known for his installations of headless mannequins dressed in clothing made out of Dutch wax fabrics. These colorful fabrics in vibrant patterns have become a sign of cultural pride and identity for Africans, but they are also a colonial invention, having been mass-produced in Southeast Asia and exported by the Netherlands since the mid-19th century. Shonibare is interested in this type of fabric because it is simultaneously manufactured and an authentic sign of “Africanness.”

Yinka Shonibare MBE (British, b. 1962) studied fine art at Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, and received his MFA from Goldsmiths College. He is considered one of the Young British Artists (YBA) generation. He has become well known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism, and issues of race and class, using a wide range of media. Shonibare was a Turner Prize nominee in 2004 and awarded the decoration of Member of the “Most Excellent Order of the British Empire” (MBE) in 2005. He was commissioned by Okwui Enwezor at Documenta 10 in 2002 to create his most recognized work, Gallantry and Criminal Conversation, and in 2010, Nelson's Ship in a Bottle became his first public art commission in Trafalgar Square. He has exhibited at the Venice Biennial and at leading museums worldwide. In 2013, he was elected Royal Academician by the Royal Academy of Arts. He currently lives and works in the East End of London.



Today's News

June 17, 2014

Leicester presents designs for the tomb that will house the remains of King Richard III

Dazzle ship for Liverpool Biennial unveiled as part of 14-18 Now First World War commissions

Eugène Delacroix as focal point of major exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Christie's Out of the Ordinary 2014 Sale features rare and extraordinary works of art and objects

New galleries for ancient Egyptian art, Asian art, costume and textiles open at The RISD Museum

Théodore Géricault: Drawings, watercolors and small oils on view at Jill Newhouse Gallery

Georgia Museum of Art shows masterworks spanning 200 years of American art

Israel, Germany agree to coordinate the formation of joint data bases on Nazi-looted art

Simple Shapes: Over 200 artworks, from prehistoric to contemporary times, on view at Centre Pompidou-Metz

York's Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture helps bring historic buildings to life

Doug and Mike Starn commissioned to create monumental installation for Israel Museum's Billy Rose Art Garden

First major museum retrospective for Wynn Bullock mounted by High Museum of Art

Sotheby's Hong Kong gallery presents Xu Jianguo: Metropolis Reimagined, a selling exhibition

A "wild cherry" on top: Freeman's American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists Auction results

A lifetimes collection of motoring sold for £3 million at Bonhams

Made in L.A. 2014: Second in an ongoing series of biennial exhibitions opens at the Hammer Museum

Solo exhibition of works by local ceramic artist Ronnie Gould opens at Lacoste Gallery

Flowering: Group exhibition opens at Nancy Margolis Gallery

Art from the Collection of Jonathan Green and Richard Weedan on view at the Morris Museum of Art

RBC announces finalists for the 16th Annual Canadian Painting Competition

Yinka Shonibare's installation in Chicago premieres three sculptures from his new Wind Series

Seven women artists create monumental sculptures for Riverside & Van Cortland Parks

Previously unseen portrait of London restaurateur Sally Clarke is unveiled

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Archaeologists discover Roman 'free choice' cemetery in the 2,700-year-old ancient port of Rome

2.- Romanians must pay 18 million euros over Kunsthal Museum Rotterdam art heist

3.- Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi defends cute character as cat turns 40 years old

4.- eBay and Sotheby's partner to bring world class art and collectibles to a global community

5.- Exhibition on Screen returns with new series of films bringing great art to big screens across the globe

6.- Marina Abramović reaches half way point of her '512 Hours' performance at the Serpentine Gallery

7.- The Phillips Collection in Washington introduces a uCurate app for curating on-the-go

8.- United States comic icon Archie Andrews dies saving openly gay character

9.- New feathered predatory fossil, unearthed in China, sheds light on dinosaur flight

10.- Exhibition at Thyssen Bornemisza Museum presents an analysis of the concept of the 'unfinished'



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site