Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, A Conflagration, 2017. Oil on linen, 78 3/4 × 98 3/8 in (200 × 250 cm). Courtesy the artist; Corvi-Mora, London; and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Join us for a special conversation between British artist and Turner Prize finalist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director, on the occasion of the exhibition “Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Under-Song For A Cipher.” Yiadom-Boakye is one of the most renowned painters of her generation, her lush oil paintings embracing many of the conventions of historical European portraiture but expanding on that tradition by featuring purely fictional subjects. Her works conjure elegant figures who appear both quotidian and otherworldly and inhabit curiously placeless and timeless settings. They also probe the politics of representation, calling to mind the absence of people of color from centuries of European painting and attesting to the enduring relevance of black portraiture. For this conversation, Yiadom-Boakye and Gioni will discuss her distinct oeuvre—including the seventeen new works she debuts in this exhibition, within a painted environment she specially conceived for the Fourth Floor Gallery.