• Yinka Shonibare
  • Yinka Shonibare
  • Kaleidoscope- with box

Yinka Shonibare


Cast brass, digitally printed cotton, lacquer, mirror, lens, glass, perspex, oil
Editions of 45
3.1 x 3.1 x 10.6 in.
Weighs 3.3 lbs
Comes in custom box 4.3 x 4.3 x 12.2 in.
Engraved with the artist's signature and the edition number on the base

Special price of $2,500 (normally $3,200) for a limited time only.
Use Code: KALEIDOSCOPE at check out


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About Artwork

‘Kaleidoscope’ is an edition by Yinka Shonibare MBE that playfully explores gender stereotypes and power relations: a kaleidoscope in the shape of a phallus, with the body beautifully decorated in the Dutch wax batik patterns the artist is known for, and the head made of highly polished brass. Through the opening at the head of the phallus a distorted image of Sandro Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’ can be seen. Botticelli’s original image depicted the birth of Venus, the goddess of the sea, standing on a shell, the female ideal as the object of mythology and desire. Shonibare has replaced the female nude with a photograph of a well-endowed naked male.
This object can also be seen as a subversive take on 19th century Victoriana, and specifically the ‘peep show’ images of women viewed through devices such as a kaleidoscope. As with Shonibare’s celebrated work on the Fourth Plinth, ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’, ‘Kaleidoscope’ reclaims an object from a familiar British tradition and subverts it through the bold use of batik patterns and by transforming the shape into that of a phallus.
View a short video of the artist and Iwona Blazwick, Director of Whitechapel Gallery, London discussing the edition here.

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