artists spotlight

Arts and lemons is starting a new monthly feature on contemporary artists, called the artists spotlight. The first spotlight compares the work of two artists: Yinka Shonibare and Ann Hamilton.

Earlier this week, I read a NYT’s article about Yinka Shonibare’s new art exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. Shonibare, a British-Nigerian conceptual artist, questions stereotypes and assumptions in poetic form through multiple media, including, drawing, film, large-scale installation, painting, photography, and sculpture.

Ann Hamilton, one of my favorite artists, expresses in her piece Myein (Greek root word for mystery) layers perceptions and thoughts. Encased in the white walls of this installation is a poem by Charles Reznikoff about human suffering. Her recorded voice whispers words about slavery and healing that were extracted from Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address.

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