Bat for Lashes. What a girl to do

Thanks to My Monkey Puzzle

Lise Sarfatie

Going over other sourcebooks, this is from ihavelooked.blogspot.com

Yinka Shoribare: Diary of a Victorian Dandy

In Art, Anything is Possible: A Conversation with Yinka Shonibare
by Jan Garden Castro

Visually arresting, Yinka Shonibare’s art plays imaginatively with stereotypes about race, class, culture, gender, and sexuality in order to deconstruct these concepts and show that they are “manufactured.” His re-creations include Diary of a Victorian Dandy, a suite of large photographs based on Hogarth’s The Rake’s Progress, in which he portrays the Victorian dandy; a film with black and white ballerinas based on Swan Lake; and many three-dimensional tableaux of figures, both imagined and based on known people and paintings, such as The Swing by Fragonard. While Shonibare alludes to historical periods, artworks, events, and people, the differences between the originals and his own works are central to his message.

The tableaux usually feature headless figures dressed in exaggerated fashions. Shonibare favors the Victorian era for its aristocratic repression of high emotions behind lavish attire and manners. Yet his figures are not pure Victorians; their clothes are made of the kind of brightly colored fabric worn by working-class Africans in the ’60s and ’70s. The cloth itself is hybrid, fusing Indonesian designs, British and Dutch manufacture, and the symbols and myths of African identity; as such, it symbolizes a mixed representation of Africa

New York Feb 12-15

A chance to bond among Senior Studio Thesis and Large Format Color. Art and Food, Valentine's weekend in New York. You are missing out big time if you are not in photo

Dinner at Skyway in China Town

Gregory and Seth doing research at the Met

Alex is thinking about ART at the New Museum