12 1/2 × 11 × 1 1/2 in
31.8 × 27.9 × 3.8 cm
Edition 21/50 (Unique)
This absolutely gorgeous hand signed, numbered and dated monograph with fabric covered boards was published on the occasion of the Yinka Shonibare MBE: Fabric - ation Exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Kunstforeingen Gl Strand in 2013.
Hand signed, numbered and dated by artist in on the first front end page.
Beyond the exhibition plates, the catalogue also includes an interview with the artist by Hans Ulrich Obrist and texts by Dr Rebecca Schneider and Jean Fisher. The book measures 12.5" x 11", and is 160 pages.
Shonibare produced this beautiful catalogue in an edition of only 50, and is sold out. Each hardback book is totally unique, and has been cloth bound using a different original Dutch wax print fabric with embellishments that was chosen by the artist. The catalogue is also signed and numbered by Shonibare. Taking place in three of YSP’s indoor galleries and the open air, FABRIC–ATION featured over 30 vibrant works from the period 2002–2013 including sculpture, film, photography, painting and collage, with many works never before seen in the UK. This major exhibition was sponsored by Guaranty Trust Bank.
Born in London in 1962, Shonibare moved to Nigeria when he was three, later returning to the UK to study art. His work shrewdly explores and confounds stereotypes of race and class, engaging with ideas around identity and authenticity as well as dislocation, multiculturalism, global food production and revolution, often addressed through playful conceits. This approach is part of his determination to avoid being categorised: Shonibare accepted an MBE in 2004, adopting the title into his working name, saying, “it was the last thing you would have expected of me”.