Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. The Myriad Motives of Men. 2014

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye The Myriad Motives of Men 2014

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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye calls her works "figurative paintings" instead of "portraits" and emphasizes that they are not meant to be likenesses of specific people. Rather, they originate largely from her imagination as well as a range of collected source material and visual observations. Yet despite their fictional foundations—in fact, perhaps because of them—the figures have the potential to transcend the everyday. As Yiadom-Boakye has said, "Although they are not real I think of them as people known to me. They are imbued with a power of their own; they have a resonance—something emphatic and other-worldly." Her painting The Myriad Motives of Men, for example, portrays two seated black men against a spare background and is rendered in a reduced color palette, preventing the viewer from locating the subjects in a particular time or place.

Gallery label from Unfinished Conversations, March 19-July 30, 2017.
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
71 x 51 1/4" (180.3 x 130.2 cm)
Credit
Gift of Dian Woodner in honor of The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art
Object number
1070.2014
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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