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Summer Series: Yinka Shonibare

Jul 13, 2022 12:30PM MST

Summer Series: Featured Artists and Conversations are free and open to the public, however space is limited and registration is required. 

Can’t make it in person? Click here for a link to view the program virtually.

Yinka Shonibare is the Anderson Ranch Arts Center 2022 International Artist Honoree. Click here for Recognition Week programming information.

Yinka Shonibare CBE (b. London, UK, 1962 ) moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three. He returned to the UK to study Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art, London and Goldsmiths College, London, where he received his Masters in Fine Art.

Shonibare’s interdisciplinary practice explores colonialism and post-colonialism within the context of globalisation. Through examining race, class and the construction of cultural identity, Shonibare’s works comment on the tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe, and their respective economic and political histories.

In 2002, Shonibare was commissioned by Okwui Enwezor to create one of his most recognised installations, Gallantry and Criminal Conversation for Documenta XI. In 2004, he was nominated for the Turner Prize and was awarded the decoration of Member of the ‘Most Excellent Order of the British Empire’, or MBE. In 2019, Shonibare was made Commander of the same order, amending his professional name to include CBE. In 2008, his mid-career survey commenced at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and toured to the Brooklyn Museum, New York and the Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C. In 2010, his first public art commission, Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, was displayed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London.

In 2013, he was elected as a Royal Academician, and in 2017, Wind Sculpture VI was featured in the courtyard of the Royal Academy of the Arts, London as part of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Shonibare was also commissioned by the Yale Center for British Art to create Mrs Pinckney and the Emancipated Birds of South Carolina for inclusion in ‘Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the Shaping of the Modern World’, which went on display at Kensington Palace, London in 2017. In 2019, his installation ‘The British Library’ was acquired by Tate.

His work is included in notable museum collections including Tate, London; the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Guggenheim Abu Dhabi; Moderna Museet, Stockholm and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, among others. yinkashonibare.com

Summer Series: Featured Artists and Conversations are made possible by the generous support of the following sponsors:

 

In Conversation With

Yinka Shonibare CBE

Yinka Shonibare CBE (b. London, UK, 1962 ) moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three. He returned to the UK to study Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art, London and Goldsmiths College, London, where he received his Masters in Fine Art. Shonibare’s interdisciplinary practice explores colonialism and post-colonialism within the context of globalisation. Through examining race, class and the construction of cultural identity, Shonibare’s works comment on the tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe, and their respective economic and political histories. In 2002, Shonibare was commissioned by Okwui Enwezor to create one of his most recognised installations, Gallantry and Criminal Conversation for Documenta XI. In 2004, he was nominated for the Turner Prize and was awarded the decoration of Member of the ‘Most Excellent Order of the British Empire’, or MBE. In 2019, Shonibare was made Commander of the same order, amending his professional name to include CBE. In 2008, his mid-career survey commenced at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and toured to the Brooklyn Museum, New York and the Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C. In 2010, his first public art commission, Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, was displayed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London. In 2013, he was elected as a Royal Academician, and in 2017, Wind Sculpture VI was featured in the courtyard of the Royal Academy of the Arts, London as part of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Shonibare was also commissioned by the Yale Center for British Art to create Mrs Pinckney and the Emancipated Birds of South Carolina for inclusion in ‘Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the Shaping of the Modern World’, which went on display at Kensington Palace, London in 2017. In 2019, his installation ‘The British Library’ was acquired by Tate. His work is included in notable museum collections including Tate, London; the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Guggenheim Abu Dhabi; Moderna Museet, Stockholm and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, among others. yinkashonibare.com

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Belinda Holden

Belinda Holden heads up the Yinka Shonibare Foundation (UK) and Guest Artists Space Foundation (Nigeria) leading the governance, fundraising and strategic planning. She was previously co-founder of an arts consultancy developing and delivering cultural strategies, programmes and commissioning in both the UK and for the $11b Melbourne Metro Tunnel and Rail project in Australia. Prior to that she was Head of Sydney, Australia, for Futurecity a UK based Arts, Culture & Built Environment Consultancy, developing strategic partnerships, managing a core team, freelance project managers and curators.

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Douglas Fogle

Curator-in-Residence

In addition to being Anderson Ranch’s Curator-in-Residence, Douglas Fogle is an independent curator and writer based in Los Angeles. He is cofounder of the curatorial office STUDIO LBV. His most recent exhibitions include Luisa Lambri: Autoritratto, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan (2021); Shio Kusaka, Neutra VDL Studio and Residences, Los Angeles (2020); Mike Kelley: Fortress of Solitude for NEON Foundation, Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens (2017–18); and Andy Warhol: Dark Star, Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2017). Fogle has held curatorial positions at a number of institutions, including the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, where he was Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Programs and chief curator (2009–12); the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, where he was curator of contemporary art and organized Life on Mars, The 55 th  Carnegie International (2008); and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, where he was a curator in the Visual Arts Department and curated a number of exhibitions including The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography, 1962–1984 (2003) and Painting at the Edge of the World (2001). He has also contributed essays to numerous artist monographs. Douglas is excited about working with an institution that puts the creative process at its core. He loves that the Ranch’s programs help people understand the importance and the impact of putting art out into the world. He will curate the Ranch’s Summer Series: Featured Artists & Conversations program, bringing artists’ visions to our community and, though his extensive network, be an ambassador for the Ranch on a worldwide stage.

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