Assembled in this exhibition are artistic encounters drawn from the arts of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe, spanning ancient to contemporary and including mediums from painting and sculpture to calligraphy, prints and drawings, ceramics, glass, metal-ware, and photography. The exhibition explores the idea that every work of art embodies an encounter and the different ways that a creation of art epitomizes encounters between artists and what they see in the world around them.
Yinka Shonibare, MBE pursues this very question in his photographic series ‘The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters' 2008. Re-visioning Francisco Goya's (1746-1828) print of the same title, Shonibare pictures the four continents as men clothed in sartorial artifice and surrounded by nightmare denizens representing the spawn of reason.
The exhibition opens on 14 July 2012 and continues until 23 September 2012.Yinka Shonibare, MBE at Princeton University Arts Museum, New Jersey.