Inspired by the graphic shapes and colours of Dutch was fabric, this t-shirt has been created exclusively for Tate as part of a collaboration with London-based artist Yinka Shonibare CBE. The unisex design is cut from 100% cotton with a bold screen printed pattern.
The artist’s name is printed in gold on each item in the range, mirroring his 2014 work The British Library, an installation of 6,328 hardback books individually covered in colourful ‘Dutch wax print’ fabric. On a selection of books, the names of first and second-generation immigrants, both celebrated and lesser-known, are printed on the spines in gold leaf.
Yinka Shonibare CBE (b.1962) is a British-Nigerian artist working across the mediums of sculpture, painting, photography and film. In 2004, he was nominated for the Turner Prize and his first public art commission, Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle was displayed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London in 2010. His work has charted new territory in the exploration of race, post-colonialism and cultural identity, often incorporating his signature Dutch wax fabric.
Exclusive to Tate
Small: length 70 cm, chest 46 cm
Medium: length 71 cm, chest 47 cm
Large: length 72 cm, chest 48 cm
Machine washable at 30 degrees, cool wash.
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