It’s Time for African Resistance, This Artist Says

LONDON — Can political art be beautiful? Can beauty itself be a form of resistance? These are some of the questions posed by the British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare in a new exhibition he has curated at Stephen Friedman Gallery in London.

The exhibition, “Talisman in the Age of Difference,” which runs through July 21, features works by artists mostly of African origin, ranging from rising talent to established players. Those with work in the show include the 2017 Turner Prize winner, Lubaina Himid; Kehinde Wiley, who recently painted Barack Obama for the National Portrait Gallery in Washington; the Egyptian artist Ghada Amer; and Marlene Dumas from South Africa.

Mr. Shonibare is known for sculptures and installations that engage with the history of colonialism and globalization. He is a…

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