Thursday 07/13/17 7PM
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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye in Conversation with Massimiliano Gioni

Cover Image:

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

We will be livestreaming this event starting at 7 PM.

This event is currently at capacity. A standby list will begin at 6 PM the day of the event with sign-up in person only.

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.


Artist talks and conversations in 2017 are sponsored by First Republic.

Generous ongoing support is provided by The Charlotte and Bill Ford Artist Talks Fund.

Education and community programs for “Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Under-Song For A Cipher” are supported, in part, by American Chai Trust.

Full support for “Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Under-Song For A Cipher” can be viewed here.

Education Supporters
Exhibition-related programs are made possible, in part, through the support of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Generous endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum

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