Lynette Yiadom-Boakye



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A groundbreaking and essential survey of the art of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, offering an in-depth discussion of the development of the artist and positioning her work within a wider history of portraiture.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly In League With The Night celebrates the work of one of the most significant and acclaimed figurative painters of her generation. Fact and fiction fuse in Yiadom-Boakye’s paintings: they appear to be portraits, yet the people she depicts are not real but invented. Created from a composite of found images and her own imagination, her characters seem to exist outside of a specific time or place: they feel at once familiar yet mysterious. This ambiguity resonates again in the enigmatic titles she gives to her artworks. The artist is also a writer of poetry and prose, and for her, the two forms of creativity complement each other: ‘The things I can’t paint, I write, and the things I can’t write, I paint.’

This perceptive and engaging publication provides a comprehensive account of Yiadom-Boakye’s practice over the past two decades. With contributions by the celebrated poet Elizabeth Alexander and curators Andrea Schlieker and Isabella Maidment, alongside new writing by Yiadom-Boakye, Fly In League With The Night reflects the dual aspects of the artist’s career as both a painter and a writer and offers an intimate insight into her creative process.

Additional information

Weight 1012 g
Dimensions 27.5 x 23.3 cm
Publisher name Tate Publishing
Publication date 15 January 2021
Number of pages 192
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Isabella Maidment, Andrea Schlieker, and Aicha Mehrez
Dimensions 27.5 x 23.3 cm
Weight 1012 g


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Andrea Schlieker is Director of Exhibitions and Displays, Tate Britain. Isabella Maidment is Curator, Contemporary British Art