Criminal Ornamentation

Criminal Ornamentation
Library Shelf Location 17.CRIM
Publication Date 2018

Criminal Ornamentation is a Hayward Touring / Arts Council Collection group exhibition curated by Yinka Shonibare MBE.

Celebrated British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE is renowned for his eye-popping use of colour and pattern in works that 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 offers a unique insight into Shonibare’s world-view. Provocatively riffing on Adolf Loos’s highly influential anti-decoration lecture, Ornament and Crime the artist selects works from the Arts Council Collection and other major collections that surprise us, dazzle us, and make us think. Ranging from sculpture and painting to fashion and design, these works tell a story of objects that refuse to be confined.

With an introduction by Shonibare, a contextual essay by writer and curator Michelle Kuo and short texts on Textiles, Craft, Nature and Pattern, this publication offers a bold new perspective on how we look at art.

Artists featured in the show include the Boyle Family, Susan Derges, Alexander McQueen, Bridget Riley, and Bedwyr Williams, among others.

Published alongside a touring show at Attenborough Arts, Leicester (21 September – 16 December 2018); RAMM, Exeter (19 January – 16 March 2019); Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (5 April – 16 June 2019); Southampton Art Gallery (27 June – 28 September 2019).

ISBN 9781853323607
Quantity 1
Pages 80
Authors Pennina Barnett, Tanya Harrod, Michelle Kuo, Yinka Shonibare
Format Paperback
Publisher Hayward Gallery, London
Related Artists Timorous Beasties, Susan Derges, Milena Dragicevic, Boyle Family, Laura Ford, Edward Lipski, Yinka Shonibare, Alexander McQueen, Joe Fletcher Orr, Lis Rhodes, Bridget Riley, Caragh Thuring, Bedwyr Williams
Category Group Exhibition/Multiple Artists
Keywords Ornamental, Pattern, Geometric patterns, Colour
Related Curator/Producer Yinka Shonibare
Language English

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