Yinka Shonibare MBE, ‘19th Century Kid (Benjamin Disraeli); 19th Century Kid (William Gladstone)  [Two Works]’, 2000, Sotheby's

Each overall: 66 by 28 1/4 by 28 1/4 in. 167.4 by 71.8 by 71.8 cm.

Executed in 2000.

Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
Phillips de Pury & Company, London, 28 February 2008, Lot 183
Private Collection
Phillips de Pury & Company, London, 17 February 2012, Lot 261
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

About Yinka Shonibare MBE

Drawing from his own experience growing up in the U.K. and Nigeria, Yinka Shonibare investigates political and social histories related to post-colonialism and globalization, reconfiguring iconic imagery from the Western art-historical canon with a playful and ironic touch. Working in sculpture, film, photography, and painting, Shonibare is best known for his tableaux of characters dressed in spectacular period costumes made from batik (an Indonesian-designed fabric that is produced in the Netherlands but has become popularly assimilated in West Africa). In Odile and Odette (2005) a film made in collaboration with London’s Royal Opera, Shonibare re-imagines a classical episode from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake as a complex and subtle interplay between two dancers of different races. Mirroring each other’s expressions on either side of an ornate Baroque frame, Shonibare suggests that their movements are at once estranged and united.

British-Nigerian, b. 1962, London, United Kingdom, based in Lagos, Nigeria