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Yinka Shonibare's "Addio del Passato" at James Cohan Gallery, New York

Posted in Erotica, Exhibitions / Openings / Signings, Fashion, Hair & Fabric, Performance Art, Photography by Suzanne on February 28th, 2012 | BBC Wikipedia


Fake Death Picture (The Death of Chatterton - Henry Wallis) by Yinka Shonibare, MBE, 2011, digital chromogenic print, framed: 58 5/8 x 71 1/4 in. (148.91 x 180.98 cm) - click to enlarge

To be perfectly honest with you, I would even post about this show if I didn't like a single artwork on display other than Fake Death Picture (The Death of Chatterton) (top) because channeling my favourite accidental (?) suicide painting of all time will always get you a mention on here.

Oh, wait, and there's that... that fucking machine... err... pardon me, Anti-Hysteria Device (bottom). Yeah.

For Addio del Passato, British-born Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare has once again worked with his signature fabrics and created beautifully lavish costumes in bold colours and absolutely delectable opulent interiors achieving a gorgeous chiaroscuro of fabrics, textures and complexions so rich that you're almost forgetting you're actually looking at scenes of death. Well, at least a series of photographic re-enactments of famous death and suicide scenes of art history.

Overall, I will have to admit that I preferred the works from Yinka's Goya phase but you know me - I just like to complain.

Btw, if you missed Yinka's beautiful Nelson's Ship in a Bottle on Trafalgar Square's Forth Plinth, you might be able to see it at the National Maritime Museum in future if their campaign to save it from being sold is successful. Meanwhile, Elmgreen and Dragset have put a semi-nude very camp golden boy ridin' a poneh in its place and I'm of course always very pleased about any kind of prepuberty sleaze in public squares.

Details below.


Anti-Hysteria Device by Yinka Shonibare, MBE, 2011, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, wood, metal with motor, 30 3/8 x 41 x 18 7/8 in. (77 x 104 x 48 cm), photograph: Stephen White - click to enlarge

On show: Feb 16 - Mar 24, 2012

Address: James Cohan Gallery, 533 West 26th Street New York NY 10001, USA, tel: 212.714.9500, email: info@jamescohan.com

Hours: Tue - Sat: 10 AM - 6 PM

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7 comments to " Yinka Shonibare's "Addio del Passato" at James Cohan Gallery, New York "

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    AkaTako says:

    Yesss! One that I can go to here in NY! :) I think I'll make a day of it and check out Kris Kuksi @ Joshua Liner too.

    February 28th, 2012 at 2:35 am

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    Suzanne says:

    Yes, I'm actually almost surprised it's not in London.

    Sounds like an interesting art day for you then.

    I'm doing Hisaji Hara, Elmgreen and Dragset's 4th Plinth and Suzanne Treister's Hexen2.0 next time I'm in London. Weeee!

    February 28th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

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    AkaTako says:

    Weee indeed!! I've just learned about a contemporary Japanese art "fair" (exhibition by multiple galleries) that starts next week too. http://www.newcityartfair.com/ It's right up my alley to say the least! I wish I were at the level of the exhibitors but will definitely do my best to make AkaTako's presence felt in any case. :)

    March 4th, 2012 at 4:44 am

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    Suzanne says:

    Yes! I got a FB invite to that from Fuco Ueda to that and was really positively surprised too. You know I dislike art fairs but this really looked totally worth checking out. Keep me posted! :)

    March 4th, 2012 at 1:46 pm

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