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LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter Ocula Report LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter 14 Jun 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (2 June 2019–5 January 2020) is an inter-generational show of 21 Chinese artists working from the 1980s to the present, including Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmiao, Song Dong, He Xiangyu, Yin Xiuzhen, and Ma Qiusha.Staged on Level 2 of LACMA's Renzo...

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Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture Ocula Conversation Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture

When the London-born artist Thomas J Price graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in 2004, the school's college art prize was by no means his most notable accomplishment as an emerging artist. In 2001, Price presented his much-talked-about work Licked, a daring performance, later profiled on the BBC 4 television...

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Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Art Basel Lowdown: Shows to See 6 Jun 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

To coincide with Art Basel 2019, which opens to the public from 13 to 16 June, galleries and institutions across the city are presenting a range of stellar exhibitions. From Rebecca Horn at Museum Tinguely to Geumhyung Jeong at Kunsthalle Basel, here is a selection of what to see.William Kentridge, Dead Remus (2014–2016). Charcoal on found ledger...

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Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA)

b. 1962, United Kingdom

Yinka Shonibare MBE was born in 1962 in London and moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three. He returned to London to study Fine Art first at Central Saint Martins College and then at Goldsmiths College, where he received his MFA.

Shonibare's work explores issues of race and class through the media of painting, sculpture, photography and film. Having described himself as a 'post-colonial' hybrid, Shonibare questions the meaning of cultural and national definitions. His trademark material is the brightly coloured 'African' fabric he buys at Brixton market. The fabric was inspired by Indonesian design, mass-produced by the Dutch and eventually sold to the colonies in West Africa. In the 1960s, the material became a new sign of African identity and independence.

Shonibare was a Turner prize nominee in 2004, and he was also awarded the decoration of Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire or MBE. He has added this title to his professional name. He was notably commissioned by Okwui Enwezor at Documenta 10 in 2002 to create his most recognised work Gallantry and Criminal Conversation that launched him onto an international stage. He has exhibited at the Venice Biennale and internationally at leading museums worldwide. In September 2008, his major mid-career survey commenced at the MCA Sydney and then toured to the Brooklyn Museum, New York and the Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Shonibare has also been elected as a Sculptor in the Royal Academy of Arts, making him part of a select society of at most 80 practicing artists working in the UK. This honour, historically a way to distinguish an artist as a professional in Britain, is the art community's recognition of the significance of Shonibare's work.

Shonibare's work Nelson's Ship in a Bottle was the 2010 Fourth Plinth Commission, and was displayed in Trafalgar Square, London until January 2012. It was the first commission by a black British artist and was part of a national fundraising campaign organised by the Art Fund and the National Maritime Museum, who have now successfully acquired the sculpture permanently for display outside the museum's new entrance in Greenwich Park, London.

In 2012, the Royal Opera House commissioned Globe Head Ballerina to be displayed on the exterior of the Royal Opera House, overlooking Russell Street in Covent Garden. The life-sized ballerina encased within a giant 'snow globe' spins slowly as if caught mid-dance. The piece appears to encapsulate a moment of performance as if stolen from the stage of the Royal Opera House.

In 2014, a permanent public commission of Wind Sculpture was unveiled at Howick Place, London, England. Wind Sculpture was also shown as part of his solo exhibition at Royal Museums Greenwich in September 2013 and at Frieze Sculpture Park in October 2013. Measuring 6 metres by 3 metres, the work explores the notion of harnessing movement through the idea of capturing and freezing a volume of wind in a moment in time.

Recent solo exhibitions include Paradise Beyond (2016-17), Gemeentemuseum, Helmond, the Netherlands; Childhood Memories (2016), Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore; Wilderness in the Garden (2015), Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea; Colonial Arrangements (2015), Morris-Jamel Mansion, New York, New York, USA; Egg Fight (2014), Foundation Blachère, Apt, France; Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders (2014), The Bares Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; and Cannonball Paradise (2014), Gerisch Stiftung Sculpture Park, Neumünster, Germany. Recent notable group shows include In Search of Meaning: The Human Figure in Global Perspective (2015) Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle, the Netherlands; Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s (2015), Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists (2015), Frankfurt MMK, Frankfurt, Germany, which was later exhibited at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C., USA.

Shonibare's works are included in prominent collections internationally, including the Tate Collection, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome, Rome; and VandenBroek Foundation, the Netherlands.

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Featured Artworks

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Planets in my Head, Young Photographer by Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA) contemporary artwork
Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA)Planets in my Head, Young Photographer, 2019 Costumed figure sculpture, camera and tripod
Goodman Gallery
Post-Colonial Globe Man by Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA) contemporary artwork
Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA)Post-Colonial Globe Man, 2018 Fibreglass sculpture, hand painted with Batik pattern, and steelbase plate or plinth
240 x 80 x 80 cm
Goodman Gallery
Unstructured Icons by Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA) contemporary artwork
Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA)Unstructured Icons, 2018 A set of six relief prints with woodblock and fabric collage on Somerset Tub Sized Satin 410gsm paper, contained within a wooden portfolio box bound in Dutch wax batik fabric selected by the artist
84 x 62 cm
Alan Cristea Gallery
Cowboy Angel I by Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA) contemporary artwork
Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA)Cowboy Angel I, 2017 A series of five woodcuts with fabric collage on Somerset Tub Sized Satin 410gsm paper. Sets 1-10 are contained within a wooden portfolio box bound in dutch wax batik fabric, selected by the artist
94.5 x 70 cm
Alan Cristea Gallery
Cowboy Angel II by Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA) contemporary artwork
Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA)Cowboy Angel II, 2017 A series of five woodcuts with fabric collage on Somerset Tub Sized Satin 410gsm paper. Sets 1-10 are contained within a wooden portfolio box bound in dutch wax batik fabric, selected by the artist
94.5 x 70 cm
Alan Cristea Gallery
Cowboy Angel III by Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA) contemporary artwork
Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA)Cowboy Angel III, 2017 A series of five woodcuts with fabric collage on Somerset Tub Sized Satin 410gsm paper. Sets 1-10 are contained within a wooden portfolio box bound in Dutch wax batik fabric, selected by the artist
94.5 x 70 cm
Alan Cristea Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Print Project Space: Royal Academicians in Focus at Alan Cristea Gallery, London
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21 June–31 July 2018 Group Exhibition Print Project Space: Royal Academicians in Focus Alan Cristea Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Quotidian at Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai
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18 January–12 March 2017 Group Exhibition Quotidian Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA), Dreaming Rich at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong
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19 November 2013–9 January 2014 Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA) Dreaming Rich Pearl Lam Galleries, Pedder Street, Hong Kong

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Yinka Shonibare (MBE, RA) at Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore Ocula Insight Yinka Shonibare (MBE, RA) at Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore By Anna Dickie

In an ironic twist, it is the work of Yinka Shonibare MBE RA who I am most reminded of when visiting the National Gallery Singapore and spying the work, Morning (1960-1963) by Chuah Thean Teng. The National Gallery work makes reference to batik, a fabric Shonibare uses in his work. While Teng’s early use of wax-dying batik techniques is...

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Serge Tiroche Ocula Conversation Serge Tiroche Co-founder, the Tiroche DeLeon Collection

With an ultra slick website that enables easy navigation of its 400 plus artworks from many of the leading artists of today, the Tiroche DeLeon Collection is unique in its focus and ownership structure. Established in 2011 by Serge Tiroche and Russ DeLeon, the collection is focused on artworks by both recognised masters, and emerging talent from...

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Art Universelle: A Report From Art14 Ocula Report Art Universelle: A Report From Art14 4 Mar 2014 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

Art14 is a young fair, and its premise is what makes it interesting. Launched in 2013 as Art13, the fair made a grand statement on its cultural composition by billing itself as London’s global art fair – the one and only. In 2014, this identity was asserted with a broad, multi-cultural stroke that brought together 180 galleries, 700...

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Yinka Shonibare, Mbe Ocula Conversation Yinka Shonibare, Mbe Artist, London

The work of British-Nigerian artist, Yinka Shonibare MBE is instantly recognisable.  A multi-disciplinary conceptual artist whose oeuvre encompasses installation, painting, video and sculpture, he is most well known for his use of headless mannequins who, dressed in sumptuous period costumes, strike theatrical poses within carefully...

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The 57th Venice Biennale, International Art Exhibition, titled VIVA ARTE VIVA and curated by Christine Macel, is fast-approaching. The 2017 edition will be open to the public from 13 May to 26 November at the Giardini and Arsenale venues, following a sequence of preview days. Unfolding over the course of nine chapters or families of artists, VIVA...

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Preview: 8 highlights from Art021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair and West Bund Art and Design Related Press Preview: 8 highlights from Art021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair and West Bund Art and Design Art Radar Journal : 8 November 2016

November is a big month for Shanghai. From 10 to 13 November 2016, ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair will open its doors at the Shanghai Exhibition Center. Now in its fourth year, the fair is an officially sanctioned project of the 18th China Shanghai International Arts Festival and includes the participation of 84 galleries from 18 countries...

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'BODY/PLAY/POLITICS': Asian and African artists at Yokohama Museum of Art Related Press 'BODY/PLAY/POLITICS': Asian and African artists at Yokohama Museum of Art Art Radar Journal : 5 November 2016

As a site of exploration, as much as it is a site of tension, the body – individual, human, but also collective and collectively shaped – is the focus for a range of artistic interpretations at the Yokohama Museum of Art. Showcasing the works of six artists from the United Kingdom and Nigeria, Japan and Southeast Asia,...

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