Diaspora-Artists logo


Yinka Shonibare (Studio Museum in Harlem)

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 2002
Published by: Studio Museum in Harlem
Year published: 2002
Number of pages: 47
ISBN: 0-942949-22-6
Unpaginated.

image of Yinka Shonibare (Studio Museum in Harlem)

Small but extensively illustrated catalogue for solo exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem, of ten works by Yinka Shonibare, made between 1994 and 2001. From the Foreword & Acknowledgments by Lowery Stokes Sims, Director of the Studio Museum:

“From its initial founding, The Studio Museum in Harlem has sought to understand and redefine Africa and the museum has explored the rich traditions in African art. This exhibition allows us to not only make visible our newly expanded mission which includes the presentation of artists of African descent, but also our renewed commitment to the presentation of innovative contemporary art.”

Within her catalogue essay, Thelma Golden, the exhibition’s organiser, wrote  “Born in Nigeria and a resident of London, Yinka Shonibare has brilliantly dismantled the myths of Africanism, even as he has cleverly - and beautifully - exploited its apeal. He has played a crucial role in the debate on multiculturalism and post-colonialism in the United Kingdom. As a student at Goldsmith’s (sic) the leading art school in London, in the 1980s, he devoted himself to work about globalism and other aesthetic and political issues. One day, a professor asked him why he didn’t make “real African art.” Shonibare replied dryly: “I’m African and if I’m making it, it’s African art.”

(Shonibare was in fact born in London).

Contents as follows:

Foreword & Acknowledgments, Lowery Stokes Sims

Introduction, Thelma Golden

Four pages of colour plates of installation shots of Shonibare’s work

Essay, Tricking the Mind: The Work of Yinka Shonibare, by Okwui Enwezor.

Fifteen pages of artist’s plates

Works in the Exhibition

Artist’s Biography

SMH Board of Trustees

SMH Staff

Related people

»  Okwui Enwezor

Born, 1963 in Nigeria. Died, 2019

»  Thelma Golden

Born, 1966 in Queens, New York

»  Yinka Shonibare MBE CBE RA

Born, 1962 in London, England

Related exhibitions

Related venues

»  Studio Museum in Harlem

New York, United States of America