Closing soon | The @royalacademy's Summer Exhibition is one of our annual calendar highlights as it provides a chance to see hundreds (sometimes thousands) of works from a range of established and lesser-known artists in the RA's grand space. This year's exhibition includes works from renowned artists such as Rosemarie Trockel, Yinka Shonibare, Isaac Julien, Tomoaki Suzuki and Royal Academicians including Gilbert & George and @adjaye_visual_sketchbook. Make sure you catch this year's edition before it closes 6pm on Sunday. #RoyalAcademy#SummerExhibition
So earlier I was getting worried that I'd spent £15 on quite a boring RA Summer Show, but then I found the #yinkashonibare room which was leagues ahead of the rest. Featuring some old favourites like @bobandrobertasmith, Tracey Emin, more Rosie Wylie and some new (to me) artists that I'm just looking up now!
The Wanderer (2006-07) by Yinka Shonibare MBE part of Cartwright Hall's own collection.
The name refers to a pleasure boat which was converted to a slave ship in 1858 by 3 pro slavery Southern extremists (even though in US slave trading had been punishable by death since 1820) 487 Africans were crammed into the hold & 80 people died on the journey from Africa to Georgia.
Yinka Shonibare will be in conversation with Alastair Sooke on September 23rd. during @Chatsworth_Fest @chatsworthofficial #ArtOutLoud September 22nd - 24th
Yinka Shonibare's "Planets in my head" a work about worlds of knowledge, yet only the Western canon was taught in the colonies. This sits at the entrance of Tropenmuseum permanent exhibition on Dutch colonialism in Indonesia ... a telling presage of the exhibition's own blindpots in its mappings and narrative of enslavement written from the imperial perspective...begging the question: can we learn in non-colonial terms? #yinkashonibare#tropenmuseum#dutchcolonialism
Refugee Astronaut, 2015 Fibreglass mannequin, Dutch wax-printed cotton textile, net, possessions, astronaut helmet, moon boots, steel base plate. Yinka Shonibare. #YinkaShonibare#augustart2017 What is the difference between a refugee and an astronaut? What is an a alien? Who is an alien? What factors are at play? How does what we make and put out in the world reveal us to others? What's in your net?
Happy Birthday Yinka Shonibare MBE RA (b. 9 August 1962). Gallery VI @royalacademyarts 250th Summer Exhibition, curated by Shonibare is a riot of colour. In showcasing works by artists from a wide variety of nationalities and backgrounds, Shonibare shines a spotlight on diversity and globilisation.
His unique sculpture, Venus de' Medici, is painted in African textile patterns and features a hand-coloured globe head.
Probably one of the most photographed corners of @royalacademyarts #RAsummer exhibition. The works in gallery VI were chosen by Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA) and it was hands down my favourite room.
In the foreground: Zak Ové, 'Inheritance'
In the background:
Bob and Roberta Smith, 'Art makes children powerful'
"The question of identity in art is frequently avoided. But for Shonibare, artists cannot exclude themselves from outside variables no matter how hard they try. A work of art is made my someone standing in a particular place at a particular time, with his or her own set of identities."