Clip of Shonibare from TV series, Art 21 (William Kentridge also stars). See also this profile of Shonibare in The New York Times.
A retrospective of his work opens at the Brooklyn Museum this week.
The Financial Times has a feature on the growing appetite for Nigerian art (and they’e not talking about the British-born Chris Ofili or Yinka Shonibare) by Western dealers and collectors, including the work of Prince Twins Seven-Seven–that’s his ” Ghost of Oshun, Goddess of Fertility” above.
“… This exhibition is a major midcareer survey of work by the Nigerian-born British artist Yinka Shonibare MBE. Shonibare’s artwork explores contemporary African identity and its relationship to European colonialism through painting, sculpture, installation, and moving image. Working with visual symbols such as Dutch wax fabric (produced in Europe for a West African market) and headless mannequins dressed in brightly colored costumes, Shonibare evokes the complex web of interactions, economic and racial, that reveal inequalities between the dominant and colonized cultures of Europe, Asia, and Africa. This exhibition is organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia. The Brooklyn Museum presentation is organized by Tumelo Mosaka, Associate Curator of Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum.”