Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly in League with the Night (2020)
10.83 x 9.06 inches, 120 color illustrations, 192 pages
"British artist and writer Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s paintings might appear, at first glance, to be traditional portraits. However, these are not faithful representations of black people, but rather imaginary figures conjured up by the artist. Her fictitious subjects occupy timeless worlds: at ballet classes; drinking champagne or cups of tea. “There are ideas about how a black body should be, should move, what blackness means,” she says of the decision to paint from her imagination. “I can divorce the work from that expectation of reality and refer to a different reality.” In this new title [...]her rich, psychologically complex works are presented."
-Baya Simons (Financial Times)