Royal Academy of the Arts Summer Exhibition 2015, London
For 247 years, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition has offered a snapshot of contemporary art – and this year’s exhibition is a riot of colour, variety and discovery with over 1,100 works spilling out from our galleries.
In the courtyard, visitors are confronted by a towering formation of steel ‘clouds’, created by Royal Academician Conrad Shawcross, before Jim Lambie’s kaleidoscopic stairs lead up to the Main Galleries.
This year, the exhibition is co-ordinated by Michael Craig-Martin RA – a leading artist of his generation and the teacher who nurtured the talents of Gary Hume, Sarah Lucas and Damien Hirst. His distinctive creative vision has resulted in room after room bursting with variety, colour and remarkable new work by leading and emerging artists – all handpicked from over 12,000 entries.
The Summer Exhibition is the world’s oldest open-submission exhibition: its earliest exhibitors included the likes of Reynolds, Constable and Turner. With many works in the exhibition on sale, the show also gives you a chance to own some original art while supporting the historic Royal Academy schools; artwork sales help us to continue the free tuition that we have offered for nearly 250 years.
With everything from painting, printmaking and sculpture through to installation, photography and film, this is a show unlike any other. We hope you’ll join us for a vibrant summer of colour.
The Crowning, 2007
Wilderness into a Garden, Daegu Art Museum, South Korea
30th May - 18th October 2015
In 2015 the Daegu Art Museum will present a solo show of Yinka Shonibare, a British-Nigerian artist.
The British Library installed at Museu Afro Brazil
AFRICANS AFRICA:Contemporary African Art, Museu Afro Brazil
25th May - September 2015
The Museu Afro Brazil promotes from the 25th of May, International Day of Africa, the largest exhibition of contemporary African art ever held in our country. With programming that includes installations, paintings, videos, sculptures, fashion and a meeting for discussions with the artists, the Africans Africa project, which is sponsored by Banco Itaú and Odebrecht, presents an overview of recent visual creation on the continent through works of artists from various African countries. Admission is free and open to all ages.
The exhibition features about 100 works from more than 20 artists in various media and languages, as well as other works of African art belonging to the museum's collection and the special collection of Emanoel Araujo, curatorial director of the museum.
The exhibition focuses on the creation of African artists, born and living on the continent or elsewhere, as well as African origin of artists who, despite having been born outside of Africa, dialogue with the plurality of aesthetic and social experiences present in different regions of the continent.
In Brazil, the threads that bind us to the mainland and that for a long time were forgotten and hidden by the characteristic cordial racism in Brazilian society urge us to seek an Africa that is often created by the imagination. The image of Africa conveyed by the Brazilian media is often miserable or you dreamed and idealized, that cultural practices originate in an Africa that no longer corresponds to the current.
The first stage of Africa Africans happened last April 17, part of the calendar of the 39th edition of the São Paulo Fashion Week (Fashion Week), where the museum was honored to receive the shows Africa Africans Fashion and introduced the five African designers work : Palesa Mokubung (South Africa); Amaka "Maki" Osakwe (Nigeria); Jamil Walji '(Kenya); Xuly Bet (Mali) and Imane Ayissi (Cameroon). The fashion show took place in the central space of the museum and was curated by Nigerian Andy Okoroafor recognized editor and art director, music videos and fashion in Paris, France.
One of the most prominent works of the Africa Africans will be the colossal "The British Library," the Nigerian-British artist Yinka Shonibare MBE. Born in London in 1962, Shonibare was created in Nigeria and returned to the English capital to study Arts, ushering in his artistic career. His installation consists of 6,225 colorful books shielded by tissues dutch wax - known as 'African fabrics' but manufactured in the Netherlands to use techniques inspired by the ancient art of Indonesian batik. Use of this material is a registered trademark of the artist. Shonibare debate in this workforce issues that are guys like colonialism, postcolonialism and hybrid and explores the impact of immigration on all aspects of British culture, considering the notions of territory and place, cultural identity, displacement and refuge. The work also uses multimedia features, like iPads.
Also with confirmed presence is "Skylines" by El Anatsui, Ghanaian living in Nigeria. Born in 1944, he is considered the most important African artist today, with great prestige in Europe and the United States and was recently awarded, on May 9, 2015, with a Golden Lion at the Venice Art Biennale.
His works are in public collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; Museum of Modern Art in New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Indianapolis Museum of Art; British Museum in London; and Centre Pompidou in Paris, among other institutions.
Many of sculptures of El Anatsui have changeable shapes and are designed to be free and flexible so that they adapt visually for each installation. When working with wood, clay, metal and more recently, metal caps of liquor bottles, Anatsui breaks with the traditional membership of the sculpture to fixed forms, although visually reference to the history of abstraction in European and African art.
Another highlight is the work "Cloud Earth Twist", the Nigerian Bright Ugochukwu Eke. The installation coming to Africa Africans have autobiographical inspiration. After suffering a skin infection caused by a acid rain, Eke developed the work that consists of thousands of plastic bags filled with acidified water.
The work Eke has been exposed in cities like Durban, Lagos, London, New York and Verona, among others. Bright Eke creates a socially oriented art, exploring the ways in which people interact with their environment. Using water as a theme and a half, he challenges the viewer to think about this precious resource, politically, ethically and ecologically.
MEET THE ARTISTS - The Museu Afro Brazil will hold still, on 26 May, an International Meeting on the exhibition theme, bringing the artists invited to a debate with the public about its production and issues raised by the exhibition and the participants.
It will also be producing a trilingual catalog (Portuguese-English-French) about the exhibition, the fashion shows and the seminar.
Colonial Arrangements, Morris-Jumel Mansion, New York
May - August 2015
Elaborate, colorful, seductive and quizzical, Yinka Shonibare’s renowned, textile-based art has been the focus of more than 50 solo museum and gallery exhibitions worldwide. The latest, Colonial Arrangements, will take place, from April to August 2015, at Morris-Jumel Mansion. It’s a fitting match, with the Mansion’s lovingly preserved 18th- and 19th-century interiors set to serve as a baroque backdrop for Shonibare’s Shonibare’s extraordinary, quizzical sculpture, including an entirely new, never-before-seen work, commissioned by the Mansion. It’s the most ambitious art show in Morris-Jumel history, and it kicks off May 1st with an opening night reception. The reception is free, though reservations are required.
Pièces de résistance, DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montréal
28 April - 20 September, 2015
Shonibare has become known worldwide for his use of Dutch-wax fabric as a conceptual and formal device in all of his work. While stereotypically associated with Africa, the origins of Dutch-wax fabric are actually found in Indonesian batik techniques, which were then industrialized and appropriated by European interests. With its mixed and mistaken provenances, Dutch-wax fabric provides a sumptuous yet probing vehicle to evoke the complexity of concepts such as identity, authenticity, ethnicity, representation, hybridity, race, class, migration, globalization, and power.
Yinka Shonibare MBE employs a multiplicity of strategies, including auto-ethnography and humour in combination with art historical and literary references, to deliver a body of work that is simultaneously seductive and subversive. His critical reflection on power relations between Africa and Europe is delivered through a formal treatment that is both lavish and decadent. In a related area of investigation, he reveals his affection and respect for British culture and institutions while simultaneously questioning class and privilege. It is this ambivalence that most productively unsettles simple binaries and reveals the intricacies involved in negotiating his subject matter.
In 2005, Shonibare was awarded the decoration of Member of the “Most Excellent Order of the British Empire” (MBE). While other Black British artists have turned down this distinction, this acronym has been officially added to his professional name as it underscores the tensions that emerge through his work in regards to the experience of being at once inside and outside, of belonging and of marginalization.
Yinka Shonibare’s Wind Sculpture comes to Howick Place, Victoria
24 February 2014
A striking, site-specific sculpture by internationally-renowned artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE has been given the green light by Westminster Council, as part of Howick Place in Victoria, London.
Doughty Hanson & Co Real Estate and Terrace Hill, the joint developers behind the new landmark building at 1-5 Howick Place, commissioned Wind Sculpture through art consultants HS Projects. It is expected to be installed in Wilcox Place this spring and will serve as an integral part of the area’s development, which is rapidly becoming Victoria’s vibrant new ‘cultural quarter’.
Wind Sculpture, measuring 6 metres by 3 metres, will explore the notion of harnessing movement, through the idea of capturing and freezing a volume of wind in a moment in time. The work will echo the sails from his Fourth Plinth commission in Trafalgar Square, ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’, now on permanent display outside the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
The captivating piece will have special resonance at Howick Place, named after Viscount Howick, later 2nd Earl Grey, one of the main architects of the Reform Act 1832, Catholic emancipation and the abolition of slavery in the British Empire. Wind Sculpture continues Shonibare’s focus on themes of colonialism, trade, and race and will employ the artist’s signature use of batik Dutch wax fabric designs - materials which have become synonymous with African identity.
Designed by award winning architects Rolfe Judd, Howick Place is architecturally stunning and includes just over 143,000 sq ft of commercial space and 23 luxury residential apartments, with spacious terraces offering expansive views over London’s most iconic sights. Situated midway between the fashion centres of Bond Street and Sloane Street, Howick Place is also recognised as a sought-after destination among a community of stylish tenants. It has already attracted the Head Office of Giorgio Armani S.p.A, to 5 Howick Place, with international auction house Phillips, the design studio of Marc Newson and HQ’s of luxury brands Tom Ford and Jimmy Choo – with Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Moët Hennessy and Richemont a stone’s throw away. Reflecting this sense of art and culture, Wind Sculpture, is the developers’ contribution to the ongoing renaissance of the area.
Globe Head Ballerina
2012 Yinka Shonibare MBE
Yinka Shonibare Globe Head Ballerina
Yinka Shonibare's Globe Head Ballerina modelled on The Royal Ballet's Melissa Hamilton.
A unique artwork by Yinka Shonibare, Globe Head Ballerina is the latest public sculpture by the artist. This piece is a life size work based on a photograph of ballerina Margot Fonteyn. Typical of Shonibare’s previous work, the costume is made of African Dutch wax fabric and the dancer has a Victorian-style globe as her head. Encased within a large snow globe style sphere the ballerina rotates on Pointe.
Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, Fibreglass, steel, brass, resin, UV ink on printed cotton textile, linen rigging, acrylic and wood
Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle
at National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle by Yinka Shonibare MBE is a 1:30 replica of Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory, on which he died during the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805. It has 80 cannon and 37 sails set as on the day of battle. The richly patterned sails were inspired by Indonesian batik, mass-produced by Dutch traders and sold in West Africa. Today these designs are associated with African dress and identity. The characteristic bright colours and abstract symmetries of Dutch Wax fabric have accrued many complex, often ambivalent associations – with colonialism, industrialisation, emigration, cultural appropriation, and the invention (and reinvention) of tradition – all of which are foregrounded in Shonibare’s work. Used for the rigging of Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, the legacy of Dutch Wax assumes a further, distinctly maritime significance. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2004, the same year in which he was awarded an MBE (an appellation that he uses when exhibiting and signing works).
Currently on permanent display at National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
To look at previous exhibitions see Press