Medium
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The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York 2011.14.8

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s lush, enigmatic portraits place Black figures—sourced from magazines, scrapbooks, or the artist’s imagination—into evocative settings and situations. The artist’s quickly wrought, intuitive compositions often feature simple, minimalist clothing and stark, moody backdrops. These choices highlight the figures’ rich inner lives and the material properties of Yiadom-Boakye’s paints and brushstrokes. Her exhibitions can feel like glimpses into a rich, fantastical community. Yiadom-Boakye studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Falmouth College of Arts, and the Royal Academy Schools. She has since exhibited widely and enjoyed institutional shows at Tate Britain, the Yale Center for British Art, and Moderna Museet. In 2018, she was awarded the Carnegie Prize. The following year, Yiadom-Boakye was included in Ghana’s inaugural pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2017
Under-Song For A CipherNew Museum
2016
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: A Passion To A PrincipleKunsthalle Basel
2015
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Verses After DuskSerpentine Galleries
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5 PM Harlem, 2010

Pastel
16 1/2 × 11 5/8 in
41.9 × 29.5 cm
Location
New York
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Medium
Image rights
The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York 2011.14.8

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s lush, enigmatic portraits place Black figures—sourced from magazines, scrapbooks, or the artist’s imagination—into evocative settings and situations. The artist’s quickly wrought, intuitive compositions often feature simple, minimalist clothing and stark, moody backdrops. These choices highlight the figures’ rich inner lives and the material properties of Yiadom-Boakye’s paints and brushstrokes. Her exhibitions can feel like glimpses into a rich, fantastical community. Yiadom-Boakye studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Falmouth College of Arts, and the Royal Academy Schools. She has since exhibited widely and enjoyed institutional shows at Tate Britain, the Yale Center for British Art, and Moderna Museet. In 2018, she was awarded the Carnegie Prize. The following year, Yiadom-Boakye was included in Ghana’s inaugural pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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