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Criminal Ornamentation: Yinka Shonibare

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Celebrated British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare (MBE) is renowned for his use of colour and pattern in works that often play with ideas of cultural appropriation. Shonibare has long been interested in exploring art historical and postcolonial themes whilst pushing the boundaries of accepted ‘good taste’. This publication gives a unique insight into his world-view. Provocatively riffing on Adolf Loos’s highly influential and vehemently anti-decoration Ornament and Crime (1908), Shonibare selects works from the Arts Council Collection and beyond that might make Loos furious – but which surprise, dazzle, and make us think. Ranging from sculpture to painting, from wallpaper to handbags, through these works he tells a story of an art-world that refuses to be confined. 

In his introduction Yinka Shonibare talks of his longstanding interest in the politics of pattern, ornamentation and cross-cultural borrowings. Writer and art historian Michelle Kuo then guides us through the history of ornamentation in art through to today. Author of The Subversive Stitch, Pennina Barnett gives her view on the blurred lines between art, craft and fashion. 

This book will appeal to all those who have a love for the imaginative use of pattern and ornament in art, and who want to hear more from one of its most famous proponents. Artists include: Bridget Riley Pablo Bronstein Andy Holden David Batchelor Caroline Achaintre Hew Locke Mark Neville Bedwyr Williams and wallpaper by Timorous Beasties.

80 pages
225 x 165mm
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