Yinka Pop!

image courtesy of the gallery
Yinka Shonibare MBE's new solo show is opening next month at Stephen Friedman Gallery in London.
Title: POP!
The show sounds really promising with works inspired by Andy Warhol's series 'Camouflage' and Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'.
POP! is a reflection on some of the causes of the current economic crisis like corruption, excess and debauchery.
Shonibare's figures are headless (in reference to executions during the French Revolution, but it is also a recurring motif in his work to avoid any association of race).
The artist's trademark is the use of the beautiful wax batik fabric. These fabrics are well recognisable as traditional from Africa but they were actually produced by the Dutch and sold to the colonies in West Africa. Shonibare's figure wears XVIII century inspired outifits made out of this printed fabric.
A not-to-be missed show.

Private View 15 March 2013, 6-8pm
Exhibition: 16 March - 20 April 2013 @ Stephen Friedman Gallery
25-28 Old Burlington Street, London W1S 3AN
http://www.stephenfriedman.com/

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