The Barnes Foundation presents Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders from January 24, 2014 through April 21, 2014. A British artist of Nigerian descent, Shonibare has exhibited extensively in the United States and Europe. His work alludes to European art and intellectual history and explores race, slavery, authenticity, and commerce.
The works in the exhibition—approximately 15 sculptures, paintings, photographs, and a room installation—address themes of education, opportunity, and scientific and cultural discovery. His sculptures—life-sized mannequins clothed in the Dutch wax fabrics associated with Africa—offer a dramatic, playful, irreverent examination of identity, history, and politics.
This is the artist’s first major exhibition in Philadelphia, since his residency at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in 2004 and it includes a commission entitled Magic Ladders.
Interestingly, the exhibition is sponsored by Anthropologie.
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130WHEN:January 24–April 21, 2014Urbanknit
When: 2 March – 1 September 2013
Where: Underground Gallery, Chapel, YSP Centre and open air
I’ve always been intrigued by the work of Yinka Shonibare though I am yet to see it in person. If you are in the Yorkshire area you can get to see for yourself (and tell me all about it).
There is an ongoing showing of his works at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park until September, 2013. FABRIC-ATION is billed to feature over 30 works by the artist, including sculpture, film, photography and painting, many of which are shown in the UK for the first time. It gets more interesting! The works are said to include flying machines, aliens, toy paintings, food fairies, revolutionary children, spacemen and ballerinas.
If that combination doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will!Urbanknit