salt 7: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
OPENS FEBRUARY 21, 2013
Join us for a Community Opening and Artist Talk
6-9 pm | Free admission
7 pm | Artist in conversation with UMFA Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Whitney Tassie
salt 7: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is the seventh installment in the Museum's series of exhibitions featuring new and innovative art from around the world. For her first solo exhibition in the western United States, British artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye will show never-before exhibited oil paintings. Employing a palette and brushwork not unlike that of traditional western portraiture, Yiadom-Boakye's luscious, gestural paintings consider the role of the black figure, as both subject and author, in the art historical canon. Her ambiguous portraits, composed from various sources and imagination, are purposely void of social, economic, and spatial clues. However, her fictitious subjects often engage the viewer with a direct glance or a furtive grin, projecting agency and inviting viewer interpretation.
Sponsored by Nancy and Dave Gill with additional support from Noel Kirnon.
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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Further Pressure From Cannibals, 2010, oil on canvas, 21 5/8 x 17 3/4 inches. Collection of Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels.
Courtesy of the artist, Corvi-Mora, London and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.