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[teacherartexchange] British-Nigerian Conceptual Artist - NY Times


From: Judy Decker (jdecker4art_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Jun 23 2009 - 08:37:40 PDT

Greetings Art Educators,

New York Times Online is a valuable resource for your teaching. It
comes to your inbox daily and is FREE. Just sign up. I don't seem to
have time to check it every day now - but at least scan for
interesting articles a couple times a week.

Here is one that caught my eye (from June 17):
Headless Bodies From a Bottomless Imagination
>> Yinka Shonibare, the British-Nigerian conceptual artist, continues to challenge assumptions and stereotypes.
Yinka is paralyzed - but comes up with these ideas for truly amazing
works. Various artists complete the works. Article has an audio slide
show (some great stuff!) and a video from ART 21.

This made me smile (from the article):

>> One day his tutor confronted him . Why are you making work about Perestroika? the tutor, a white Briton, asked. You are African, arent you? Why dont you make authentic African art?

At first Mr. Shonibare was taken aback. I tried to figure out what he
meant by authentic African art, he said. I didnt know how to be
authentic. What would I do if I was being authentic?

....... Right then, Mr. Shonibare said, he found his artistic raison
dtre. I realized what Id really have to deal with was the
construction of stereotypes, and thats what my work would be about.


For more from NY Times - Art and Design Index page:

Art Review
 Gemlike Paintings, Set Free From Words
Illustrated pages removed from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts
are given new life in a show at the Morgan Library & Museum.
Includes slide show - published June 18, 2009

Also see Muslim artist, Asma Ahmed
features audio slide show

Lots of good stuff! - check other multi-media features (linked on Art
and Design Index).

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