yinka shonibare MBE in group show ‘post pop: east meets west’ at saatchi gallery, london

26 November 2014
Yinka Shonibare MBE has work included in the Saatchi Gallery group exhibition celebrating and surveying Pop Art's legacy. Post Pop: East Meets West brings together 250 works by 110 artists from China, the Former Soviet Union, Taiwan, the UK and the USA to examine why of all the twentieth century's art movements, Pop Art has had such a powerful influence over artists from world regions that have had very different and sometimes opposing ideologies.

The exhibition celebrates the art being produced in these four distinct regions since the heyday of Pop, and presents them in relation to each other through the framework of six themes: Habitat; Advertising and Consumerism; Celebrity and Mass Media; Art History; Religion and Ideology; Sex and the Body.

Widely regarded as the most significant art movement of the last century, Pop Art exploited identifiable imagery from mass media and everyday life to reflect on the nature of the world we live in. This exhibition examines the relationship between western Pop Art and its lesser-known eastern counterparts including "Sots Art" in the Soviet Union and "Political-Pop" or "Cynical Realism", which has flourished in Greater China since the turn of the twenty-first century.

The exhibition is co-curated by pre-eminent authorities Andrey Erofeev, a leading art critic and writer, and former head of the contemporary art department of the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; Marco Livingstone, an independent curator who has worked on numerous publications, retrospectives and Pop Art exhibitions that have toured throughout Europe, Japan and Canada; and Tsong-Zung Chang, a curator and guest professor of China Art Academy who co-founded the Asia Art Archive and the well-established Hanart TZ Gallery in Hong Kong.

The exhibition includes Yinka Shonibare MBE's ‘Diary of a Victorian Dandy: 03.00 hours' 1998 and 'Self Portrait (after Warhol) 6' 2013.

Post Pop: East Meets West runs from 26 November 2014 until 23 February 2015.

Yinka Shonibare MBE at Saatchi Gallery.