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How has Yinka Shonibare's "The Swing" transformed "Happy Accidents of the Swing" (1767)...
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Fragonod's work is a masterpiece of the Rococo period. The piece depicts a well-dressed young woman on a swing, which is being pushed her aging husband. In the bushes, almost out of sight, the woman's young lover crouches. Deliberately ironic, Fragonod has the woman wearing a shepherdess's hat, a symbol of virtue and purity.
Yinka Shonibare is a Nigerian artist who, since the 1990s, has been re-creating masterpieces in three dimensions, a new sort of tableau vivant. In Shonibare's rendering, a young, well-dressed woman is also being pushed by an elderly priest, but she is a headless mannequin (representative of the beheadings of aristocracy of the French Revolution.) The other materials Shonibare uses in the composition include wax, cotton, and artificial foliage.
Posted by currerbell on June 6, 2013 at 2:56 PM (Answer #1)
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