The Art of a Yoruba Trickster

At his mid-career retrospective at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, the London-born, Lagos-raised Yinka Shonibare MBE plays both sides of the colonial coin.

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  • 19th Century Kid (Queen Victoria)

    19th Century Kid (Queen Victoria)

    Fiberglass figure, Dutch wax printed cotton, wooden table

    National Museum of African Art, Museum Purchase with funds given in memory of Philip L. Ravenhill, the Silvia H. Williams Memorial Fund for Acquisitions, Frieda B. Rosenthal, Barbara Croissant and Mark E. Baker

    NATALIE HOPKINSON: How the Empire Strikes Black

  • Black Gold I

    Black Gold I

    Acrylic paint on wall, acrylic on 25 Dutch wax printed cotton canvases

    National Museum of African Art, Museum Purchase, 2008-2-1

  • Diary of a Victorian Dandy

    Diary of a Victorian Dandy

    Chromogenic photographs Edition 3 of 3

    Collections of Peter Norton and Eileen Harris Norton, Santa Monica, California

  • Double Dutch

    Double Dutch

    Acrylic paint on wall, emulsion, and acrylic on 50 Dutch wax printed cotton canvases

    Private collection, USA

  • Globe Children

    Globe Children

    2 fiberglass mannequins, Dutch wax printed cotton, globe

    Private collection, Connecticut

  • The Victorian Philanthropist’s Parlour

    The Victorian Philanthropist’s Parlour

    Reproduction furniture, fire screen, carpet, props, stanchions, Dutch wax printed cotton

    Collections of Peter Norton and Eileen Harris Norton, Santa Monica, California

  • Scramble for Africa

    Scramble for Africa

    14 life-size fiberglass mannequins, 14 chairs, table, Dutch wax printed cotton

    The Pinnell Collection, Dallas

  • The Age of Enlightenment

    The Age of Enlightenment

    Life-size fiberglass mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton, mixed media

    Collection of Lidia Berlingieri Leopardi and Piervittorio Leopardi Dittajuti, Rome

  • The Age of Enlightenment -- Adam Smith

    The Age of Enlightenment -- Adam Smith

    Life-size fiberglass mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton, mixed media

  • The Swing (After Fragonard)

    The Swing (After Fragonard)

    Life-size fiberglass mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, swing, artificial foliage

    Tate, Purchased 2001

  • Odile and Odette

    Odile and Odette

    High-definition digital video (color, sound, 14 min. 28 sec.)

    Edition 1 of 6

    Courtesy of the artist, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, and James Cohan Gallery, New York

  • Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball)

    Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball)

    High-definition digital video (color, sound, 32 min.)

    Edition 1 of 6

    Courtesy of the artist, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, and James Cohan Gallery, New York

  • Headless Man Trying to Drink

    Headless Man Trying to Drink

    Fiberglass mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton, polymer-gypsum fountain, water pump

    Collection of Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy, USA

  • Yinka in Top Hat

    Yinka in Top Hat

    11 black-and-white photographs, 1 chromogenic photograph

    Edition 4 of 5

    Collection of Emily Fisher Landau, New York

    YINKA SHONIBARE: A Mid-Career Retrospective at the Smithsonian Museum

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