On view at the Barnes Foundation
January 24–April 21, 2014

A British artist of Nigerian descent, Yinka Shonibare MBE (b. 1962) creates work that cites the art historical tradition and intellectual history of Europe while exploring history, race, slavery, authenticity, and commerce. His sculptures—life-sized mannequins clothed in the colorful Dutch wax fabrics produced in Europe but most closely associated with Africa—offer a provocative examination of European colonialism and European and African identities. Nominated for a Turner Prize in 2004, Shonibare has shown his work extensively in the United States and Europe. At the invitation of the Barnes, he will create a sculpture especially for the exhibition titled Magic Ladders, in addition to presenting approximately 15 additional works across nearly every medium of his oeuvre, including sculpture, painting, photography, and installation.

Curator: Judith F. Dolkart, deputy director of art and archival collections and Gund Family Chief Curator

Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. The exhibition is generously sponsored by Anthropologie.

Video by Proudfoot, London

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