YINKA SHONIBARE, MBE: Invasion, Escape; Aliens do it right!

Anna Schwartz Gallery is pleased to present a new body of work by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE. The exhibition, Shonibare’s first at Anna Schwartz Gallery, will comprise sculpture, painting and drawings.

Art Exhibition previously on at Anna Schwartz Gallery - Sydney in New South Wales, Australia.
From Wednesday 27 June 2012 to Saturday 11 August 2012

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Shonibare’s work reflects on the dynamic discourse of post-colonialism, mining the turbulent history of immigration throughout the past three centuries. The result is a seemingly playful, fictional world which belies the more earnest concerns addressed by the work.

Alien Toy Painting, a 19 metre-long installation is made up of 75 circular panels which ‘float’ against a black galactic background. Each ‘planet’ is orbited by a variety of childhood figurines – lego men, Star Wars heroes, and alien eggs.

Two flying machines assail the viewer, rupturing the space, suggesting either the beginning or end of an invasion – giving form to fears of alien occupation.

Shonibare was a Turner Prize nominee in 2004 and was awarded the decoration of Member of the “Most Excellent Order of the British Empire”. He was commissioned by Okwui Enwezor for Documenta XI in 2002. This notable inclusion introduced him to an international audience, and recognised him as a leading force in contemporary African art. The artist has since exhibited at the Venice Biennale and in major institutions worldwide. In 2008, a mid-career survey was presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; this exhibition then toured to the Brooklyn Museum, New York and the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. In 2010, Shonibare’s Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, his first public commission, was unveiled in London’s high profile site for sculpture, the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.