Talisman in the Age of Difference

5 June 2018 - 21 July 2018
Curated by pioneering British artist Yinka Shonibare MBE, 'Talisman in the Age of Difference' is a journey of encounters that explores ideas of magic and subversive beauty in work by artists of African origin and across the diaspora and artists who empathise with the spirit of African resistance and representation. Presenting an eclectic and surprising range of works, the exhibition includes painting, sculpture, drawing and other objects from the early twentieth century to the present day.

Like Shonibare, all of these artists value art as a talisman: a vehicle for change. At the heart of the exhibition, Shonibare is asking, 'Can political art truly convey the power of its subject? Can art that is unconventionally beautiful be a form of resistance? 'Talisman in the Age of Difference' seeks to answer these questions.

YInka Shonibare MBE... and the wall fell away

28 September 2016 - 11 November 2016
Opening for Frieze week in October 2016, Yinka Shonibare MBE presents his sixth solo exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery titled ‘...and the wall fell away'. The show marks a pivotal moment in the artist's practice with the complete absence of the Dutch wax batik textiles for which he is known. Shonibare removes the fabric altogether and uses the batik designs in new forms; mural painting, bronze sculpture, screen prints on canvas and the appropriation of classical sculpture.


Yinka Shonibare MBE: Pop!

16 March 2013 - 20 April 2013
Stephen Friedman Gallery is delighted to announce a solo exhibition of new works by Yinka Shonibare, MBE. This exhibition of all new works focuses on the corruption, excess and debauchery that have in part led to the current economic crisis. With characteristic wit and critique, Yinka Shonibare explores the contemporary worship of luxury goods and the behaviour of the banking industry while referencing well known iconography and art historical homage - most notably in his creation of a large tableau based on Leonardo da Vinci's ‘The Last Supper'.

Yinka Shonibare MBE: Willy Loman: The Rise and Fall

15 October 2009 - 20 November 2009
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present Yinka Shonibare, MBE's fifth exhibition ‘Willy Loman: The Rise and Fall.' "Theatricality is certainly a device in my work, it is a way of setting the stage...There is no obligation to truth in such a setting so you have the leeway to create fiction or to dream." Shonibare in conversation with Anthony Downey. ‘Yinka Shonibare, MBE' Pub. MCA Sydney & Prestel New York (2008) p.41.

Yinka Shonibare MBE: Flower Time

1 December 2006 - 13 January 2007
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present Flower Time, an exhibition of new work by British artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE. Flower Time is Shonibare's first major presentation of work in London in several years. The exhibition includes a new film, sculptural works and a large painting installation.

Yinka Shonibare MBE: Play With Me

29 November 2003 - 29 January 2004
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by British artist Yinka Shonibare. Shonibare's paintings combine emulsion, acrylic, found objects and textiles and explore his interest in aesthetic and post-colonial issues. The textiles used in the works first became popular in West Africa after independence for being constructed as an "African" cloth. The fabric is, in fact, Indonesian-influenced, manufactured in Holland and purchased by Shonibare at Brixton market in London. The combination of emulsion, acrylic paint and ornate fabric creates a sensuous, exciting visual experience.

Yinka Shonibare CBE

25 April 2001 - 26 May 2001
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present two new major works by British artist Yinka Shonibare: Dorian Gray, a large-scale photographic tableaux, at 12 Dolland Street in Vauxhall; and The Swing after Fragonard, a sculptural installation based on Jean-Honoré Fragonard's famous painting, at 25-28 Old Burlington Street.