17 February 2012
This micro-gallery in Chelsea, Family Business, a new exhibition space initiated by Maurizio Cattelan and Massimiliano Gioni, opened last night with The Virgins Show, and, yes, it was curated by longtime virgin Marilyn Minter. For more information see previous post.
PRESS RELEASE] 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'.”
15 February 2012
14 February 2012
via National Geographic