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40 Under 40 Global

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

7 September 2017

39 | London, UK

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is well known for her enigmatic portraits of fictional figures, which challenge the traditions of European portraiture and art history. Her sustained painterly investigations into the way we read pictures, particularly those that take black subjects as their starting point, has gained her much attention: she was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2013 and the Serpentine staged a solo exhibition of her work in 2015. The artist recently exhibited a new body of work, ‘Under-Song For A Cipher’ at the New Museum in New York – her first major solo show in the US since her museum debut at the Studio Museum, Harlem, in 2011.

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