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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Under-Song for a Cipher

New Museum, New York

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This exhibition brings together a selection of works by British artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, a 2013 Turner Prize finalist and one of the most renowned painters of her generation. Yiadom-Boakye’s lush oil paintings embrace many of the conventions of historical European portraiture, but expand on that tradition by engaging fictional subjects who often serve as protagonists of the artist’s short stories as well. These imagined figures are almost always black, an attribute Yiadom-Boakye sees as both political and autobiographical, given her own West African heritage. Often immersed in indistinct, monochrome settings, her elegant characters come to life through the artist’s bold brushwork, appearing both cavalier and nonchalant, quotidian and otherworldly. Find out more about the Lynette Yiadom-Boakye exhibition from the New Museum’s website.

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Butter In The Eaves (2016), Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Courtesy the artist; Corvi-Mora, London; and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Butter In The Eaves (2016), Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Courtesy the artist; Corvi-Mora, London; and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Tell The Air (2016), Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Courtesy the artist; Corvi-Mora, London; and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Tell The Air (2016), Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Courtesy the artist; Corvi-Mora, London; and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Crystals On The Mount (2016), Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Courtesy the artist; Corvi-Mora, London; and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Crystals On The Mount (2016), Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Courtesy the artist; Corvi-Mora, London; and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Harp-Strum (2016), Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Courtesy the artist; Corvi-Mora, London; and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Harp-Strum (2016), Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Courtesy the artist; Corvi-Mora, London; and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

A Culmination (2016), Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Courtesy the artist; Corvi-Mora, London; and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

A Culmination (2016), Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Courtesy the artist; Corvi-Mora, London; and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

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