Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

African Art in London

This brief post is one of pure congratulations  a glass raised to Lynnette Yiadom-Boakye, as last week she became the first black woman shortlisted for the Turner Prize.

Yiadom-Boakye is of Ghanaina descent, born and based in London she atteneded Central Saint Martins, Falmouth College of Arts and Royal Academy Schools. She is currently represented by Corvi Mori. An imaginary painter, her shortlisted exhibition Extracts and Verses (at the Chisenhale Gallery) consisted of portraits of black people with invented histories, black bodies the focus of her loose European-style traditional painting. We’re encouraged to stare at them and think about how we read pictures, how we read black subjects.

Yiadom Boakye isn’t currently exhibiting in London but as soon as she is this blog will make some noise about it. An an exhibition of the four nominated artists. will be held in Derry-Londonderry between 23 October 2013 – 5 January 2014.  The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on Monday 2 December 2013.

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Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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