This marks a significant transition in the artist's practice, by subverting the Dutch wax Batik fabric for which he is known. He moves away from fabric itself and manipulates the pattern in unfamiliar ways. This will echo his new work in the Stephen Friedman Gallery show in October 2016.
YINKA SHONIBARE MBE MAJOR COMMISSION FOR ROYAL ACADEMY, LONDON
1 May 2016
Yinka Shonibare MBE has designed the hoarding to be displayed on the front of the Royal Academy on Burlington Gardens while it undergoes restoration in preparation for the Royal Academy's 250th anniversary in 2018. Titled 'RA Family Album, the display brings together over 160 images that span the Royal Academy's 248-year history. The juxtaposition of images reveals the rich tapestry of activity which takes place behind these walls.