Jack Shainman Gallery presents Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery, In Lieu of a Louder Love. Featuring her renowned figurative works that encourage viewers’ own interpretations, the exhibition includes new oil paintings and spans both Chelsea locations.
Yiadom-Boakye’s work eludes easy categorization. She has beautifully stated, “…[I]t is far more effective to let the paintings speak for themselves… It’s all there, thoughts about race, masculinity, femininity, what it is to be human and in the world alongside everyone else. But it is complex, joyful, miserable, infuriating, and overwhelming – so not easily put into words. That is why it is painted. The marks, the lights, the dark, the color, the composition, the form, the scale: all of these things take on meanings to me, like a language to speak. And beauty is there too, unabashed and brazen.”
Yiadom-Boakye was born in 1977 in London, where she is currently based. She attended Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Falmouth College of Arts and the Royal Academy Schools. She is the 2018 recipient of the Carnegie Prize, awarded for her contribution to the Carnegie International, 57th Edition. She was short-listed for the 2013 Turner Prize and was the 2012 recipient of the Pinchuk Foundation Future Generation Prize.
Yiadom-Boakye has had several important solo museum shows, most recently at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York in 2017, the Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland from 2016 – 2017, and in 2015, both at Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany and The Serpentine Gallery, London. She was included in the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art in Sweden in 2015, and The British Art Show 8, which traveled to four venues between 2015 and 2017. Other recent group exhibitions include the Sharjah Biennial 12 in 2015 and The Encyclopedic Palace, at the 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia in 2013.
Yiadom-Boakye is included in numerous institutional collections, ranging from the Tate Collection, London to The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Within the past two years, her work has been added to the permanent collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland; the Minneapolis Institute of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut.
 Bell, Natalie, Gioni, Massimiliano, Yiadom-Boakye, Lynette, et al. Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Under-Song for a Cipher. New Museum, 2017.all images © the gallery and the artist(s)