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Anderson Ranch to honor Yinka Shonibare

Complete Summer Series lineup also released

Yinka Shonibare (Courtesy Anderson Ranch)

Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s 2022 International Artist Honoree will be the British-Nigerian conceptual artist Yinka Shonibare.

Shonibare, whose work in sculpture and African fabric has recently included the solo exhibition “End of Empire” at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg in Austria, will speak in a free public event on the Ranch’s Snowmass Village campus July 13 during the Ranch’s annual Recognition Week (July 11-16). The annual Recognition Dinner gala, at which Shonibare will accept the award, is July 14.

“I am thrilled and honored to be recognized by the Anderson Ranch Art Center International Artist Award,” Shonibare said in an announcement. “My work has always engaged with some of the most pertinent issues of our time in art making, from identity issues to the mythologies of history and representation. African agency in creative expression, which addresses the legacy of empire and its subsequent global impact has, and continues to inspire my multi-dimensional practice, from gallery-based practice to public art and other socially engaged practices in agriculture and international artists residencies, particularly in Europe and Africa.”



Shonibare, a Turner Prize nominee, had a 2008 mid-career survey commence at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and tour to the Brooklyn Museum, New York and the Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C. In 2010, his first public art commission, “Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle,” was displayed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London.

Yinka Shonibare’s “Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle,” displayed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London in 2010. (Courtesy Anderson Ranch)

The Anderson Ranch award, given annually since 1997, has in recent years honored art world luminaries including Simone Leigh, Nick Cave and Ai Weiwei.




“This recognition is very encouraging and certain to expand the field of my vision and community engagement,” Shonibare said. “I am pleased to be embraced by the Anderson Ranch community.”

The Ranch’s annual Summer Series of artist talks will include artists Tony Lewis (July 7), Liz Larner (July 21), Jeff Wall (July 28) and Maysha Mohamedi (Aug. 4).

“We are thrilled to once again bring to the Anderson Ranch community some of the most exciting artists of our time,” Ranch president and CEO Peter Waanders said in an announcement.

The lineup was programmed by Ranch curator-in-residence Douglas Fogle.

The events, hosted in Schermer Meeting Hall, are free but registration is required at andersonranch.org. A virtual viewing option will also be available.

Recognition Week events will also include the return of the Ranch’s popular Art Auction and Community Picnic, which has been on hiatus since summer 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is scheduled for July 16, closing out the week’s events, rather than its historic slot on the calendar in the first week of August alongside other major Aspen-area art events like the Aspen Art Museum’s ArtCrush gala.

New to Recognition Week is series of “mini workshops,” open to the public and offering partial-day art-making sessions in campus studios with Ranch artists for $150.

The Ranch will also host a full-day critical dialogue with artists Marilyn Minter and John M. Valdez with Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles curator Anna Katz titled “What’s so Real About Photorealism?“


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