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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Biography

Nominated for the 2013 Turner Prize, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is one of the most innovative figurative painters of recent times. Drawing upon her rich Ghanian roots, the London-born artist is unashamedly political in her views. Her canvases contest the history of European portraiture, replacing its protagonists with black subjects. Yet these paintings do not exist as true portraits as the sitters are fictitious. Yiadon-Baokye was discovered by the curator Okwui Enwezor, who describes her wors as 'para-portraiture'.

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Yiadom-Boakye attended Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Falmouth College of Arts and the Royal Academy Schools. She has presented her work in many important exhibitions including “Living Together : Towards a Contemporary Concept of Community“, curated by Xabier Arakistain and Emma Dexter, Centro Cultural Montehermoso Kulturenea, Vittoria-Gasteiz, Spain ; travelled to MARCO, Museu de Arte Contemporanea, Vigo, Spain (2009) ; The 7th Gwangju Biennial, curated by Okwui Enwezor, Korea (2008) ; “Flow“, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2008) ; “The Unhomely: Phantom Scenes in Global Society“, 2nd International Biennal of Contemporary Art of Seville, curated by Okwui Enwezor, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporareo Reale Ataronanas, Seville (2006-2007); “Bloomberg New Contemporaries“, Barbican, London (2004-2005); “Direkte Malerei“, Mannheimer Kunsthalle, Mannheim (2004). Her work is included in the new book Contemporary African Art Since 1980, ed. Okwui Enwezor.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Featured Artworks

Embers for Crystals by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye contemporary artwork
Lynette Yiadom-BoakyeEmbers for Crystals, 2011Oil on canvas
200 x 181 cm
Not for sale
Duddell's
11pm Sunday by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye contemporary artwork
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye11pm Sunday, 2010Oil on canvas
Variable dimensions
Not for sale
Duddell's

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, (SELF) PORTRAITS at Parkett, Zurich
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22 February–30 September 2020 Group Exhibition (SELF) PORTRAITS ParkettZurich Exhibition Space
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Rock My Soul at Victoria Miro, London
Closed
2 October–2 November 2019 Group Exhibition Rock My Soul Victoria MiroWharf Road, London

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye In Ocula Magazine

EXPO Chicago Sets the Scene for 2020 Ocula Report EXPO Chicago Sets the Scene for 2020 By Stephanie Bailey, Chicago

'Where Will You Be in 1933?' was the official song of the 1933 Chicago World's Fair—a buoyant ditty written in 1932 to promote an exposition celebrating Chicago's centennial during the Great Depression. On 18 September 2019, it was performed at the Chicago Symphony Center as part of Samson Young: World Fair Music. The performance extended...

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Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See By Tessa Moldan, London

London's galleries and museums are gearing up for a lively October, with Frieze London and Frieze Masters running between 3 and 6 October 2019 at Regent's Park, along with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place across the same dates at Somerset House; and the tenth anniversary of the Sunday Art Fair, showcasing new and emerging...

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58th Venice Biennale: May You Live In Interesting Times Ocula Report 58th Venice Biennale: May You Live In Interesting Times By Mohammad Salemy, Venice

The 58th Venice Biennale, May You Live In Interesting Times (11 May–24 November 2019), certainly benefitted from low expectations, given the lacklustre curatorial of the previous edition, when different segments of the show were conceptually framed with titles like 'Pavilion of Joys and Fears' and 'Pavilion of Colours'. Add to this the...

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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye In Related Press

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The Art Newspaper's pick of the 2019 Venice Biennale Related Press The Art Newspaper's pick of the 2019 Venice Biennale 30 April 2019, The Art Newspaper

There are hundreds of exhibitions in Venice during the Biennale. Alongside the main exhibition in the Giardini and Arsenale, there are 90 national presentations, many in nearby pavilions in the Giardini and in spaces around the Arsenale, but also dotted throughout Venice. Then there are the official collateral exhibitions in museums and galleries...

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Lismore Castle serves up a rich palimpsest of themes for new show Related Press Lismore Castle serves up a rich palimpsest of themes for new show 5 April 2019, The Art Newspaper

Palimpsest —a manuscript or document where the original writing has been erased and written over but which still bears the traces of what was there before—is the title of the main show at Lismore Arts. It is an appropriately multilayered theme for a show housed in Lismore castle, the Irish home of the Dukes of Devonshire, which...

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Tate Will Give Five Women Major Solo Exhibitions in the Next Two Years Related Press Tate Will Give Five Women Major Solo Exhibitions in the Next Two Years 4 March 2019, Hyperallergic

Tate has revealed that five large-scale solo exhibitions for women artists are currently in development, all of which will open during the 2020–2021 season. The announcement comes perfectly-timed for the beginning of Women's History Month and the launched of the #5WomenArtists campaign by Washington DC's National Museum of Women in the Arts.

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The Unsettling Power of MoMA’s 'Unfinished Conversations' Related Press The Unsettling Power of MoMA’s 'Unfinished Conversations' 21 June 2017, The New Yorker

In 2012, the artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah released a video installation, The Unfinished Conversation, an art documentary and tribute to the Jamaican-born cultural theorist Stuart Hall, who died two years later, at the age of eighty-two. The Museum of Modern Art is presenting the video as the cornerstone of its sprawling interdisciplinary...

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