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Yinka Shonibare has shows on three continents this autumn

As reported by The Art Newspaper, ‘Yinka Shonibare has his moment in the sun’ this autumn with a wide range of exhibitions and special displays in the UK, the USA, the Netherlands and Nigeria.

‘…and the wall fell away.‘  Solo exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. 28 September to 5 November.  

Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut; closes 11 December.

Paradise Beyond: Gemeentemuseum, Helmond, Holland. 20 September to 12 February 2017.

Ndubuisi Kanu Park, Lagos, Nigeria: the artist’s first solo exhibition in Nigeria. 1 November 2016 to 31 January 2017. Funded by the British Council. 

yinka-shonibare-300x300Yinka Shonibare MBE, a Turner Prize nominee, created an edition for The Multiple Store, Kaleidoscope in which the artist playfully explores gender stereotypes and power relations. A kaleidoscope in the shape of a phallus, with the body beautifully decorated in the Dutch wax batik patterns the artist is known for, and the head made of highly polished brass. Click here to watch the artist discuss how this edition came about with Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery.

A video of Yinka Shonibare MBE in conversation with Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery filmed on 17 October 2014, when Kaleidoscope was first launched, is now available via this link

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Recreating The Pastoral by Yinka Shonibare MBE at VISUAL, Carlow, Ireland until 19 June

In an exhibition that runs until the 19th of June, VISUAL the multi-disciplinary arts centre in Carlow, Ireland Recreating The Pastoral  brings together a ra series of installations where Yinka Shonibare MBE has juxtaposed elements of elaborate 18th and 19th century European dress and courtly behaviour with contemporary political sensitivities expressed through his use for Dutch wax cotton cloth, itself a culturally ambitious material replete with a colonial history of appropriation. To learn more about this exhibition click here to access the VISUAL website.

yinka-shonibare-300x300Yinka Shonibare MBE, a Turner Prize nominee, created an edition for The Multiple Store, Kaleidoscope in which the artist playfully explores gender stereotypes and power relations. A kaleidoscope in the shape of a phallus, with the body beautifully decorated in the Dutch wax batik patterns the artist is known for, and the head made of highly polished brass. Click here to watch the artist discuss how this edition came about with Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery.

A video of Yinka Shonibare MBE in conversation with Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery filmed on 17 October 2014, when Kaleidoscope was first launched, is now available via this link

 

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Yinka Shonibare MBE has been commissioned to create a sculptural installation “End of Empire” for Turner Contemporary as part of the Battle of the Somme commemoration

Image: An installation shot of Yinka Shonibare MBE’s ‘Colonial Arrangement’ at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Washington Heights (Spring 2015). Photo credit: Ramsay de Give for the Wall Street Journal.

Yinka Shonibare MBE has been commissioned a sculptural installation “End of Empire” for Turner Contemporary as part of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme Battle of the Somme. The eight-month-long arts programme also includes artist Imran Qureshi, the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music and Damon Albarn. For more information click here to read an article on the New York Times.


Yinka Shonibare MBE, 
a Turner Prize nominee, recently created an edition for The Multiple Store, Kaleidoscope in which the artist playfully explores gender stereotypes and power relations. Continue reading…

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Yinka Shonibare MBE’s ‘Childhood Memories’ opens at Pearl Lam, Singapore (21/Jan-23/Mar)

‘Childhood Memories’ is a new exhibition by Yinka Shonibare MBE that opens at Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore, on 21st January and will run until 23rd March. The exhibition has already attracted significant press coverage including the ‘Art Titans’  feature on Singapore Strait Times.

‘Childhood Memories’ is described in the gallery’s press release as ‘returns to the essence of the imagination, an exploration of the subjective and the subconscious that is inspired by surrealism’. Click here to read the full press release.

yinka-shonibare-300x300Yinka Shonibare MBE, a Turner Prize nominee, recently created an edition for The Multiple Store, Kaleidoscope in which the artist playfully explores gender stereotypes and power relations. A kaleidoscope in the shape of a phallus, with the body beautifully decorated in the Dutch wax batik patterns the artist is known for, and the head made of highly polished brass. Click here to watch the artist discuss how this edition came about with Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery.

A video of Yinka Shonibare MBE in conversation with Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery filmed on 17 October 2014 where Kaleidoscope is also discussed is now available via this link

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Yinka Shonibare MBE’s ‘Wilderness into a Garden’ a major exhibition at the Daegu Art Museum, Korea, opens on 30 May

Image: The Crowning, 2007 – Commissioned by the Musée du Quai Branly for the exhibition ‘Jardin d’Amour’ 2007, courtesy of the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery. Photo : Patrick Gries

After three solo shows in North America and a major commission at the William Morris Gallery in London, Yinka Shonibare MBE is now the subject of a major exhibition in Daegu, Korea.

Wilderness into a Garden opens on 30th May at the Daegu Art Museum and will feature approximately 80 of his pieces including sculptures, two-dimensional works, installations, and video works will be on display, showcasing his extensive range of art. The exhibition will be comprised of six sub-themes: money, play, empire, conflict, environment, and love. For more information click here.

yinka-shonibare-300x300Yinka Shonibare MBE, a Turner Prize nominee, recently created an edition for The Multiple Store, Kaleidoscope in which the artist playfully explores gender stereotypes and power relations. A kaleidoscope in the shape of a phallus, with the body beautifully decorated in the Dutch wax batik patterns the artist is known for, and the head made of highly polished brass. Click here to watch the artist discuss how this edition came about with Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery.

A video of Yinka Shonibare MBE in conversation with Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery filmed on 17 October 2014 where Kaleidoscope is also discussed is now available via this link

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The first major Canadian presentation of the work of Yinka Shonibare MBE, ‘Pièces de résistance’ will open on 28th April at DHC/ART Foundation, Montreal, Canada

The first major Canadian presentation of the work of Yinka Shonibare MBE, Pièces de résistance will open at DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montreal, Canada on April 28th, 2015. Cheryl Sim, curator at DHC/ART talks on their blog about the kind of artworks that will be featured in this exhibition. To read the full interview with Sim, click here.

One of the aims is to present a survey so the exhibition we are preparing for DHC/ART will feature works across sculpture, photography, painting and film. This way the Montreal audience will get a good sense of the breadth of Shonibare’s body of work. [Cheryl Sim, 2015]

Kaleidoscope-5_1Yinka Shonibare MBE, a Turner Prize nominee, recently created an edition for The Multiple Store, Kaleidoscope in which the artist playfully explores gender stereotypes and power relations. A kaleidoscope in the shape of a phallus, with the body beautifully decorated in the Dutch wax batik patterns the artist is known for, and the head made of highly polished brass. Click here to watch the artist discuss how this edition came about with Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery.

Kaleidoscope is presented in a limited edition of 45 and it is currently available for purchase here.

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Yinka Shonibare MBE has three major solo exhibitions in North America this spring

Image: Yinka Shonibare MBE’s Butterfly Kid Boy, 2014 (Courtesy of James Cohan Gallery & the artist)

Yinka Shonibare MBE, who was chosen recently by Artspace‬ as one of the artists to watch, is the subject of three major solo exhibits in North America this spring.

THE RAGE OF THE BALLET GODS, his solo exhibition in NYC’s James Cohan Gallery runs from 30th April to 20th June. James Cohan Gallery is located at 533 West 26th Street New York NY 10001.

PIECES DE RESISTANCE is Shonibare’s first major exhibition in Canada and it will be on show at Montreal’s DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art from April 28th until 20th September. The DHC/ART Foundation is at 451 St Jean St, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2R5

COLONIAL ARRANGEMENTS will be presented from 1st May to 31st August 2015, at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, at 65 Jumel Terrace, Washington Heights, NY 10032,  as part of the celebration of the 250th anniversary of this National Historic Landmark.

Back in the UK, ‘The William Morris Family Album‘, the first major commission for the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, East London, runs until the 7th of June.

Kaleidoscope-5_1Yinka Shonibare MBE, a Turner Prize nominee, recently created an edition for The Multiple Store, Kaleidoscope in which the artist playfully explores gender stereotypes and power relations. A kaleidoscope in the shape of a phallus, with the body beautifully decorated in the Dutch wax batik patterns the artist is known for, and the head made of highly polished brass. Click here to watch the artist discuss how this edition came about with Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery.

A video of Yinka Shonibare MBE in conversation with Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery filmed on 17 October 2014 where Kaleidoscope is also discussed is now available via this link.

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Kaleidoscope by Yinka Shonibare MBE, featured at Aphrodite Papadatou’s ‘Last Night a Drag Queen Saved My Life’

At the end of 2014, Yinka Shonibare MBE produced for The Multiple Store Kaleidoscope, an edition that will be featured as guest object at ‘Last Night a Drag-Queen Saved My Life’ an event curated by ARTinTRA and featuring paintings by London-based Greek artist Aphrodite Papadatou.

‘Last Night a Drag-Queen Saved My Life’ takes place on Saturday 25th April at LimeWharf-Machines Room, one of London’s most innovative cultural hubs and artistic laboratories. The private view runs from 6 to 9pm and is followed by live performance and party from 9 to 11pm. For more information about this event read the press release here.

Kaleidoscope-5_1With Kaleidoscope Yinka Shonibare MBE playfully explores gender stereotypes and power relations. A kaleidoscope in the shape of a phallus, with the body beautifully decorated in the Dutch wax batik patterns the artist is known for, and the head made of highly polished brass. Click here to watch the artist discuss how this edition came about with Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery.

Kaleidoscope is presented in a limited edition of 45 and it is currently available for purchase here.

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The William Morris Family Album – A major commission by Yinka Shonibare MBE on display in Walthamstow until 7/June

The William Morris Family Album, the first major commission for the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, East London, is a Morris-inspired photographic exhibition by Yinka Shonibare MBE. The exhibition runs until the 7th of June.

The Victorian age, the legacy of Empire and the global textile trade are central themes in the work of Yinka Shonibare. In this new exhibition the internationally acclaimed British Nigerian artist turns his attention to William Morris. By inviting Waltham Forest residents to help recreate photographs of Morris’s family, he encourages viewers to reflect on the realities of equality in both Morris’s time and our own. To read more, go to the William Morris Gallery website.

From the 28th of April, Yinka Shonibare MBE will also be the object of a major exhibition at the DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art in Montreal, Canada. Click here for more details and an interview with the artist.

yinka-shonibare-300x300Yinka Shonibare MBE, a Turner Prize nominee, recently created an edition for The Multiple Store, Kaleidoscope in which the artist playfully explores gender stereotypes and power relations. A kaleidoscope in the shape of a phallus, with the body beautifully decorated in the Dutch wax batik patterns the artist is known for, and the head made of highly polished brass. Click here to watch the artist discuss how this edition came about with Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery.

A video of Yinka Shonibare MBE in conversation with Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery filmed on 17 October 2014 where Kaleidoscope is also discussed is now available via this link

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The Multiple Store at the London Art Fair in Islington, London (21- 25 January)

The Multiple Store is pleased to be exhibiting at the London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, Islington, London N1, 20-25 January 2014. As in past years, you can find us at Stand P1 (by the main entrance to Art Projects). For more information, details of the Talks and events programme and opening hours, see the Fair website.

We have some complimentary passes to the Fair (£20 on the door), if you would like one (admits two) please contact us.

All our editions are available to purchase by interest-free instalments. Please inquire at the stand, or in advance via email: info@themultiplestore.org or by telephone on +44 (0) 7760 666518.

Highlights from the London Art Fair

Kaleidoscope-5_1Yinka Shonibare MBE

KALEIDOSCOPE, 2014. Edition: 45

Cast brass, digitally printed cotton, lacquer, mirror, lens, glass, perspex, oil

Intended by the artist as both a ‘playful piece’ as well as a serious comment on male patriarchy, within this beautifully constructed kaleidoscope Shonibare has subverted the familiar image of Botticelli’s THE BIRTH OF VENUS by replacing the female nude with a photograph of a well-endowed naked male. 

Click here to see a 4-minute video of the artist talking about the new edition to Iwona Blazwick, Director of Whitechapel Gallery.

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Corinne Felgate's Baby's Got the Wedgwood Blues on a mantelpieceCorinne Felgate

BABY’S GOT THE WEDGWOOD BLUES, 2014. Edition: 30

Flock on ceramic

This new edition draws on the heyday of Stoke-on-Trent’s iconic Wedgwood pottery, as well as its more recent demise, in an attempt to visualise a future potential for one of Britain’s last industrial heritage brands.

The flocked surface of the sculptures draws on Wedgwood’s lust for experimentation with surface colour and texture, and has been painstakingly matched to Wedgwood’s classic blues used on the Jasperware collections, which in turn endeavoured to emulate the tones and forms utilised on the roman artefacts he was so inspired by.

Click here to read our interview with the artist.

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‘That little glimmer of joy […] a glorious, golden-ended penis kaleidoscope’ – what the people are saying about our Yinka Shonibare MBE edition

The public launch oF KALEIDOSCOPE  by Yinka Shonibare MBE took place at Multiplied Art Fair where the artist was in conversation with Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery  in an event that became one of the highlights of the fair according to Milena Kotseva writing for The Huffington Post.

UPDATE: A video of the talk is now available via this link.

KALEIDOSCOPE  has certainly intrigued the public visiting the fair as well as press and art critics with editor Emily Gosling enjoying the departure from Shonibare’s ‘more politicised pieces and dived headfirst into erotic territory with these fabulous edition’.

Beyond the art world, British Fashion Industry icon, Sir Paul Smith featured Kaleidoscope in his personal blog ‘Paul Recommends’

For more information on KALEIDOSCOPE or to order it online it at the launch price of £3,000 (VAT inc.), click here.

If you want to see KALEIDOSCOPE, it is currently on show at Louis Vuitton, Bond Street Maison, London (until January 2015) as part of a showcase of editions by Turner Prize nominated artists.  KALEIDOSCOPE will be on show in New York City at the Editions and Artists’ Books Fair from 6th to 9th of November. Contact us for tickets if you wish to attend.

Links:

Paul Smith’s Blog: http://www.paulsmith.co.uk/uk-en/paul-smith-world/blog/paul-recommends-yinka-shonibare-9-october-2014

It’s Nice That feature: http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/penis-kaleidoscope

The Huffintgon Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/milena-kotseva/art-fairs-highlights-or-w_b_6041262.html

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Video: Yinka Shonibare MBE in conversation with Iwona Blazwick

Yinka Shonibare MBE was In Conversation with Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery on Friday 17th October at Multiplied Art Fair, Christie’s South Kensington where the public launch of KALEIDOSCOPE, our latest edition took place.

For those who missed this event, we are pleased to share here the video of the interview.

 

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The Multiple Store presented new editions by Yinka Shonibare MBE and Corinne Felgate at Multiplied (17-20 Oct) – Picture Gallery

From 17 to 20 October, The Multiple Store participated in the 5th Edition of Multiplied Editions Art Fair hosted by Christie’s South Kensington. We were pleased to present two brand new editions, Corinne Felgate’s BABY’S GOT THE WEDGWOOD BLUES and Yinka Shonibare MBE’s KALEIDOSCOPE, both of which got much attention from collectors and press. Shonibare was also in conversation with Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery in a talk that was filmed and should be soon available on this website. Below you can see a selection of pictures from the fair.

 

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Yinka Shonibare MBE in conversation with Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery at Multiplied Editions Fair

Yinka Shonibare MBE was In Conversation with Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery on Friday 17th October at Multiplied Art Fair, Christie’s South Kensington where the public launch of KALEIDOSCOPE, our latest edition has taken place.

A video of the talk is now available via this link.

About the Edition

Yinka ShonibareKALEIDOSCOPE by Yinka Shonibare MBE is a new limited edition of 45. Described by Yinka as ‘a piece that playfully explores gender stereotypes and power relations’, it is a kaleidoscope in the shape of a phallus, with the body beautifully decorated in the Dutch wax batik patterns Yinka is known for, and the head made of highly polished brass. Through the opening at the head of the phallus a distorted image of Sandro Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’ can be seen. Botticelli’s original image depicted the birth of Venus, the goddess of the sea, standing on a shell. Subverting this familiar image, Yinka has replaced the female nude by a photograph of a well-endowed male. Click here for more information on this edition.

To order online, please click here, or visit The Multiple Store stand at MULTIPLIED Editions Fair hosted by Christie’s (17-20 October) where KALEIDOSCOPE  will have its public launch . Admission Free.

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KALEIDOSCOPE by Yinka Shonibare MBE has been unveiled!

We are delighted to announce that our latest edition by YINKA SHONIBARE MBE was unveiled on October 2nd at the artist’s studio in Dalston, London. Created in an edition of only 45, KALEIDOSCOPE will have its public launch at MULTIPLIED, the editions fair that takes place at Christie’s South Kensington from the 17th to the 20th of October.

Yinka Shonibare's KaleidoscopeIf you are interested in acquiring this edition, note it is already available for purchase here.

About Kaleidoscope

Shaped as a phallus, KALEIDOSCOPE‘s body is beautifully decorated in the Dutch wax batik patterns the artist is known for, and the head is made of highly polished brass.

Through the opening at the head of the phallus a distorted image of Sandro Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’ can be seen. Botticelli’s original image depicted the birth of Venus, the goddess of the sea, standing on a shell, the female ideal as the object of mythology and desire. Subverting this familiar image, Shonibare has replaced the female nude by a well-endowed photographed naked male.

KALEIDOSCOPE performs an act of reverse objectification, as the erect phallus and the male nude take the place historically occupied by the female body and therefore take it beyond the familiar realm of the male gaze. Click here to read the full press release.

 

 

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PRESS RELEASE: The Multiple Store launches KALEIDOSCOPE by Yinka Shonibare MBE

New limited edition multiple by

Yinka Shonibare MBE

KALEIDOSCOPE, 2014. Edition: 45

Commissioned by The Multiple Store

Collectors Preview: 2 October 2014 at artist’s studio

Launch: MULTIPLIED Contemporary Art in Editions Fair (at Christie’s South Kensington): 17 October (Fair: 17-21 October)

Yinka Shonibare in conversation with Iwona Blazwick, Director of The Whitechapel Gallery: Friday 17 October, 4.30pm

About the edition

KALEIDOSCOPE is a new sculptural edition by Yinka Shonibare MBE that playfully explores gender stereotypes and power relations.

It is a kaleidoscope in the shape of a phallus, with the body beautifully decorated in the Dutch wax batik patterns the artist is known for, and the head made of highly polished brass.

Through the opening at the head of the phallus a distorted image of Sandro Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus‘ can be seen. Botticelli’s original image depicted the birth of Venus, the goddess of the sea, standing on a shell; as usual in paintings of this period, the female ideal was depicted as the object of mythology and desire. Subverting this familiar image, Shonibare has replaced the female nude by a well-endowed photographed naked male.

Kaleidoscope performs an act of reverse objectification, as the erect phallus and the male nude take the place historically occupied by the female body and therefore take it beyond the familiar realm of the male gaze.

This object can also be seen as a subversive take on 19th century Victoriana, and specifically the ‘peep show’ images of women viewed through devices such as a kaleidoscope.

As with Yinka Shonibare’s celebrated work on the Fourth Plinth, ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’, ‘Kaleidoscope’  reclaims an object from a familiar British tradition and subverts it through the bold use of batik patterns and the transformation of the shape into that of a phallus.

Yinka Shonibare MBE

Over the past decade, Shonibare has become widely known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalisation. Shonibare’s work explores these issues, alongside those of race and class, through the media of painting, sculpture, photography and, more recently, film and performance. Using this wide range of media, Shonibare examines in particular the construction of identity and the tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe, and their respective economic and political histories. Mixing Western art history and literature, he asks what constitutes our collective contemporary identity today. Having described himself as a ‘post-colonial hybrid’, Shonibare’s work questions the meaning of cultural and national definitions.

Yinka Shonibare was born in London and moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three. He returned to London to study Fine Art, first at Byam Shaw College of Art (now Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design) and then at Goldsmiths College, where he received his MFA, graduating as part of the ‘Young British Artists’ generation. He was awarded an MBE in 2005.

In 2010, the artist’s sculpture ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’ was selected for the prestigious Fourth Plinth commission series in Trafalgar Square, and is now on permanent display at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

In 2013, a major solo exhibition was held at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. In 2014, the artist’s work was the subject of the first contemporary art exhibition at The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, USA (‘Magic Ladders’).

The artist is represented in the UK by Stephen Friedman Gallery

PRESS INQUIRIES:

For more information, images and a detailed biography, please contact:

Chloe Grimshaw
Email: chloe@plinth.uk.com or Telephone: 07866 251 115

Paul Franklyn
Email: paul@plinth.uk.com or Telephone: 07769 690 227

THE MULTIPLE STORE

The Multiple Store is the only UK company specialising in commissioning editions of sculptural and other works in 3D.

Founded as a not-for-profit organisation in 1998, we work with leading contemporary artists including Turner Prize nominees Fiona Banner, Anya Gallaccio, Langlands & Bell, Cornelia Parker, David Shrigley and Alison Wilding. Other commissioned artists include Keith Coventry, Peter Liversidge, and Simon Periton.

The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Yale Center for British Art; the British Council, the Arts Council of England, the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum are among the many international collections that have purchased our editions.

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