We are excitied to announce exhibition Part 2 curated by Daisy McMullan. At he Young Masters Art Prize Exhibition at Gallery 27 Cork Street, W1, the curator will present the shortlisted artists alongside three established Guest artists; Yinka Shonibare, MBE, Ali Assaf and Lluís Barba.

Exhibition & Prize Announcement at Gallery 27
27 Cork Street, London W1S 3NG
Exhibition Dates: 19th – 24th November 2012
Hours: 11am – 7pm
Nearest Tube: Green Park or Piccadilly Circus
Prize Giving: Tue 20th Nov, by invitation only

Yinka Shonibare, MBE‘s ‘Earth’ is part of a larger sculptural series originally commissioned by The Israel Museum and entitled ‘Earth, Wind, Fire and Water’, whose central theme revolves around the idea of cultural cross-pollination. Shonibare’s work explores issues of race and class through the media of painting, sculpture, photography and film. Having described himself as a ‘post-colonial’ hybrid, Shonibare questions the meaning of cultural and national definitions. His trademark material is the brightly coloured ‘African’ fabric he buys at Brixton market. The fabric was inspired by Indonesian design, mass-produced by the Dutch and eventually sold to the colonies in West Africa. In the 1960’s the material became a new sign of African identity and independence. Shonibare was a Turner prize nominee in 2004, and was also awarded the decoration of Member of the “Most Excellent Order of the British Empire” or MBE, he has added this title to his professional name. He was notably commissioned by Okwui Enwezor at Documenta 10 in 2002 to create his most recognised work ‘Gallantry and Criminal Conversation’ that launched him on to an international stage. Shonibare’s work, ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’ was the 2010 Fourth Plinth Commission, and was displayed in Trafalgar Square, London, until January 2012. He has exhibited at the Venice Biennial (2007) and internationally at leading museums worldwide.

Ali Assaf was born in 1950 in Al Basrah (Iraq). He is currently living and working in Rome, Italy. He will be showing his video work “Narciso” which was shown at the Iraq Pavilion Venice Biennale 2011. This work was inspired by the first visit to his home town, Al Basrah, after 36 years. Looking at an illustration of Caravaggio’s “Narciso”, he asked: ‘What would happen today if Narcissus saw himself in the water?’;‘Would he be able to see his image in today’s polluted water?’;‘And myself?  If I was able to see my image in the waters of Al Basrah, what would I see?’. Assaf has studied at the Institute of Fine Art, Baghdad, Iraq and the Acadamy of Fine Arts, Rome, Italy. Since the late 1960s he has had solo shows and participated in collective exhibitions in Europe, North Africa and the Middle-East.

Lluís Barba was shortlisted in The Young Masters Art Prize, 2009 and as part of the on-going support of the prize he was invited to exhibit at The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, WC2 displaying works relating to the history of academic painting and the space of the salon (hosted by East Wing IX).  Barba has an internationally renowned practice with works in major collections.  Following on from The Young Masters Art Prize exhibition, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery will present the first London Showcase of work by Lluís Barba.  The showcase will also feature selected artists from The Young Masters Art Prize 2012.

Image credit: Yinka Shonibare, MBE: ‘Earth’ 2010. Mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, leather, wood, metal base and globe 183 x 140 x 165cm Copyright the artist. Commissioned by The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, in celebration of the opening of its renewed campus. Courtesy the artist, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and James Cohan Gallery, New York