Tate Britain Exhibition

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Fly In League With The Night

Painting of a person staring at the viewer, wearing a collar

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye A Passion Like No Other 2012 Collection of Lonti Ebers  © Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

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The first major survey of one of the most important painters working today

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is a British artist and writer acclaimed for her enigmatic portraits of fictitious people. This exhibition brings together around 80 works from 2003 to the present day in the most extensive survey of the artist’s career to date.

The figures in Yiadom-Boakye’s paintings are not real people – she creates them from found images and her own imagination. Both familiar and mysterious, they invite viewers to project their own interpretations, and raise important questions of identity and representation.

Often painted in spontaneous and instinctive bursts, her figures seem to exist outside of a specific time or place. Her paintings are coupled with poetic titles, such as Tie the Temptress to the Trojan 2016 and To Improvise a Mountain 2018. Writing is central to Yiadom-Boakye’s artistic practice, as she has explained: ‘I write about the things I can’t paint and paint the things I can’t write about.’

Yiadom-Boakye was awarded the prestigious Carnegie Prize in 2018 and was the 2012 recipient of the Pinchuk Foundation Future Generation Prize. She was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2013.

Exhibition organised by Tate Britain in collaboration with Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, and Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean

four men stand in a row wearing green jumpera nd underpants. The background is green

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Complication 2013
Pinault Collection © Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Portrait of a woman staring side on

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
The Cream And The Taste 2013
Private Collection © Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Painting of two girls standing on a beach with bare feet

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Condor And The Mole 2011
Arts Council Collection (London, UK) © Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

a man in an orange jumper sits on on a chair with a cat on his shoulder

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
In Lieu Of Keen Virtue 2017
Courtesy the Artist, Corvi-Mora, London, and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York © Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

a man stands in black with a dead animal which looks like a fox around her

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Solitaire 2015
Courtesy the Artist, Corvi-Mora, London, and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York © Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

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2 December 2020 – 31 May 2021

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The Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Exhibition Supporters Circle

Abigail and Joseph Baratta
Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman
Pamela J Joyner and Alfred J Giuffrida
Lydia and Manfred Gorvy
Peter Dubens

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