Kunsthalle Basel, ., Switzerland 18 Nov 2016 - 12 Feb 2017
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Complication, 2013 Oil on canvas 200 x 250 cm, 78.7 x 98.4 inches, Courtesy the artist, Corvi-Mora, London and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Kunsthalle Basel presents A Passion To A Principle , the first institutional solo exhibition in Switzerland, by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (b. 1977).
The exhibition shows more than a dozen new paintings from her prolific practice. At once traditional in her approach to form, line, and color, and decidedly contemporary in her self-reflexivity about her medium, the British-Ghanaian writer, poet, and painter regularly represents a predominantly black cast of figures culled from a mix of memory, projection, and fiction. Here, Yiadom-Boakye fills the majestic upstairs skylit galleries of Kunsthalle Basel with her lush and vibrant reflections on perception and painting as a practice.
The exhibition is generously supported by Peter Handschin and Jackson Tang.