New Works by British-born Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE at James Cohan Gallery

artwork: YINKA SHONIBARE, MBE - Fake Death Picture (The Death of Chatterton - Henry Wallis), 2011 -digital chromogenic print 148.91 x 180.98 cm. framed  -  Courtesy of James Cohan Gallery, New York


NEW YORK.- James Cohan Gallery presents an exhibition of new works by British-born Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE running through March 24th. In this multi-part exhibition of new sculptures, photoworks and the premiere of a new film, Shonibare explores the concept of destiny as it relates to themes of desire, yearning, love, power and sexual repression. Yinka Shonibare, well known for creating multi-faceted conceptual art work, continues to draw our attention to patterns of history and how they are repeated in our own time. Following the installation of the artist’s widely acclaimed work Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London, Shonibare continues his explorations of Lord Nelson, the figurehead of the British Empire at its apotheosis. Nelson’s destiny was to fall a hero at the Battle of Trafalgar just as the British Empire’s ultimate destiny became its inevitable demise. Shonibare sees a similar fate reflected on the front pages of today’s newspapers: “The Imperial West is in decline at a time of great economic challenges as we see the rise of the East. The old world is in decline and new worlds are emerging through the economic successes of China and India and the revolutions in the Arab world. We are re-experiencing a new Age of the ‘Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire’.”