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Naomi Beckwith

Born, 1976 in Chicago

Naomi Beckwith, when she was Associate Curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem wrote a catalogue essay on British artist, Lynette-Yiadom Boakye, for her exhibition Any Number of Preoccupations, 11 November 2010 – 13 March 2011.

Naomi Beckwith wrote “Central to the exhibition Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Any number of Preoccupations is the recent painting entitled Any Number of Preoccupations. In addition to lending the exhibition its title, this exceptional canvas by Yiadom-Boakye demonstrates the artist’s considerable skills in figuration and color and is indicative of the most prominent feature of her painting practice: her body of work consists entirely of human figures, the majority of which are black.” Beckwith’s essay concludes, “Yiadom-Boakye’s paintings are not neat in the same way that historical narratives are muddled, untidy and representationally suspect.”


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Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 2010