Artist of the Day- Yinka Shonibare (click on image to view individually)

Yinka Shonibare 

One of the pleasures of studying art history is recognizing art historical references in contemporary work. Shonibare gives new thoughts and ideas by rethinking these images. For me seeing the skater…elaborately dressed, none -the -less instantly conjures up Raeburn’s The Skating Minister. By dressing him in ‘African garb’ we are then confused…left scratching our heads. And as my sister-in-law says… “the thing I found fascinating is that what we see today as African fabric was of Indonesian design, mostly made in Britain… how bizarre is that? And apparently, it only became associated with African dressing in the 80s.” How things move through the world with us making grand assumptions!