Yiadom-Boakye at the Huntington
|Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Brothers to a Garden, 2017|
|Installation view with Harp-Strum, 2017|
The two biggest canvases (Harp-Strum) depict ballerinas, or maybe the same dancer at different moments. Degas is one of Yiadom-Boakye's Old Mastery points of reference, as are Manet, Velázquez, John Singer Sargent, James Whistler, and even Walter Sickert (best known to Americans as the least-likely Jack the Ripper suspect). As with her predecessors, Yiadom-Boakye's backgrounds can be quasi-abstractions. She paints alla prima, before early paint layers can dry, and completes paintings in a single day.
|Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Medicine at Playtime, 2017. Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles|