Nigerian internationales Yinka Shonibare (MBE), and Kehinde Wiley have been confirmed among the famous artists invited for the project arguably tagged the most ambitious initiative of the New York's Museum of Arts and Design: the "Global African Project". (continues below... )
The Global African Project, which will run from Nov. 17, 2010 thru May 15, 2011, aims to showcase the rich pool of new talent emerging from the African continent and around the world. It will include displays of photography, painting, sculpture, installation work, furniture, architecture, textiles, fashion, jewelry, ceramics and basketry from artists working in Africa, and the African diaspora.
The project is organized with the Center for Race and Culture at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and curated by the Museum of Arts and Design's Lowery Stokes Sims as well as MICA's Leslie King-Hammond.
Yinka Shonibare is a celebrated painter, photographer, filmmaker and installation artist. He has exhibited widely throughout the world, and was shortlisted for the prestigious Turner Prize in 2004. His work, "Nelson's Ship in a Bottle" is currently on display on Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth. He was awarded the prestigious title of Member of the British Empire in 2005.
Kehinde Wiley is one of the world's most sought-after portrait artists. Based in New York, he is famous for his majestic representations of young, urban, black men. His painting style has been compared to that of such traditional portraitists as Reynolds, Gainsborough, Titian and Ingres. Kehinde is the artist behind the PUMA commissioned football stars portraits for the 2010 world cup, while his bold and unforgettable patterns adorn the Spring-Summer 2010 Africa lifestyle collection of PUMA apparel, footwear and accessories.
For interested attendees of the Global African Project, the New York's Museum of Arts and Design blog is already featuring regular updates on the initiative, whilst a dedicated microsite will soon be launched for the project.