Fly in The League with the Night

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Dramatically reinventing the lineage of Goya, Sargent, and Manet, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye imbues the Black subjects in her paintings with atmospheric grace and elegance. Yiadom-Boakye is a British artist and writer acclaimed for her atmospheric oil paintings that depict imagined sitters in dark color palettes, executed with a contemporary sensibility while still rooted in an art historical practice. Though her subjects are people conjured in her imagination, Yiadom-Boakye imbues her portraits with a near-tangible spirit through her deliberate brush strokes and rich, dark tones.

The result is paintings that seem to exist outside of time while still remaining grounded in reality. This lavishly illustrated volume of nearly 80 paintings and drawings—some of which have never been exhibited before—accompanies the first major survey of Yiadom-Boakyes work, shown at Tate Britain. In addition to new fiction by the artist, this publication includes in-depth thematic essays on Yiadom-Boakyes artistic development, reflecting the dual aspects of the artists career as both a painter and a writer, and offering an intimate insight into her creative process.

Authors: Isabella Maidment, Andrea Schlieker, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

  • Hardcover
  • 192 pages
  • 9 1/4 × 11 in.
  • Published by Distributed Art Publishers (DAP) (December 8, 2020)
  • ISBN: 978-1942884651