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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
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Texts by: Elizabeth Alexander, Isabella Maidment, Andrea Schlieker
Graphic Design: Mark El-khatib
Institution: K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf
Artist: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
July 2021 , 192 Pages
282mm x 238mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-5034-9
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| Portraits of Imaginary People
This volume accompanies the first major survey of the work of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, a London-born painter and author with roots in Ghana. Around eighty paintings, drawings, and prints from private and public collections in Europe and the United States are assembled here, joining new, previously unseen works. Yiadom-Boakye’s main theme is the human being; the women and men, painted with oil or charcoal and pastels, appear to be portraits, but are actually fictions. They are always people of Color—whereby the painter highlights the fact of their absence in European art history. Along with her paintings, the catalogue also features the artist’s texts and poems. Accompanying essays by Andrea Schlieker, Isabella Maidment, and American poet Elizabeth Alexander explain Yiadom-Boakye's impressive body of work over the past twenty years.

LYNETTE YIADOM-BOAKYE (*1977, London) is a British artist and author known worldwide for her expressive portraits of fictional characters. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2013 and her work has been seen in many international exhibitions.
K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf,
October 16, 2021–February 13, 2022
»"entrancing portraits of imagined characters"«
Rianna Jade Parker
»"Yiadom-Boakye’s work is a triumphant demonstration of the power of the artist to recreate, reclaim and restore the world for the time of looking."«
Diana Evans
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