Go behind the scenes with Yinka Shonibare CBE in our latest video feature, as he discusses his newest bodies of quilts and scultpures in Boomerang: Returning to African Abstraction, his solo exhibition at James Cohan.
Over the past decades, Shonibare has become well known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalization. Stretched and framed like paintings, Shonibare’s new series of pictorial quilts, Abstract Spiritual, appropriates African artworks owned or referenced by European modernist artists including Pablo Picasso, Andre Derain, Tristan Tzara, Constantin Brancusi, and Francis Picabia, among others. In this way, they point to the foundational influence of African and African Diasporic art in the development of abstraction within the Western-European art historical canon.
See the exhibition at our 48 Walker Street gallery through December 22, 2023.