The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters (Asia), by Yinka Shonibare MBE, 2008 (après Goya)
Final chance for New Yorkers to see Yinka Shonibare MBE‘s glorious Prospero’s Monsters exhibition at James Cohan Gallery.
Named after a character in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the sculptures and photographs focus on the dark sides of the Enlightenment, colonialism and imperialism and show disability and mutilation where historiography wants us to see progress towards “civilisation”.
“I think the search for authenticity in culture is a noble one, but actually, in reality, it’s very rare to find a culture that hasn’t evolved as a result of influences from other cultures.”
If you can’t attend the show, make sure to watch the gallery’s short video interview with the artist. It informs you - inter alia - where in London Shonibare buys the gorgeous fabrics to dress up his beheaded mannequins.
Closes: Saturday, May 17, 2008
Address: James Cohan Gallery, 533 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001, tel: 212 714 9500
Installation views | Selected works | Video interview
- February 28, 2012 -- Yinka Shonibare’s “Addio del Passato” at James Cohan Gallery, New York
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
- March 30, 2011 -- Folkert de Jong at James Cohan Gallery, New York
Halleluja by Folkert de Jong, styrofoam, adhesive, 2007 - click to enlarge
Dutch sculptor Folkert de Jong (previously featured here and here) is definitely keeping busy with solo shows of his ...
- April 20, 2012 -- Colette Calascione at Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
[Please excuse the very long blog absence - I am without a stable internet connection and now terribly behind schedule with posting but I'm planning to brief you about 25 important shows that are curr...