Edited by Omar Kholeif. With contributions by Iwona Blazwick, Habda Rashid and Petra Lange-Berndt.
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Natures, Natural and Unnatural is the third of four unique monographs documenting four contemporary artist’s selections from Moscow’s V-A-C collection and their subsequent display at Whitechapel Gallery during 2014/2015.
Known for her striking figurative paintings of imagined characters, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye celebrates the arrival of Spring in Natures, Natural and Unnatural, a display that uses nature as inspiration in different ways: as still life, in the abstract, as a feeling or as an environment. Through painting, photography and film her display considers how people interact with nature, both indoors and outdoors. Highlights include David Hockney’s 30 Sunflowers (1996), a vibrantly coloured oil on canvas, and Peter Doig’s large-scale painting Green Trees (1998) depicting an imagined forest. Also featured is a video by Estonian artist Jan Toomik, Dancing with Dad (2003), which shows the artist dancing in a sunlit woodland where his father was buried, and Andy Warhol’s brightly coloured screen-print of a cow.
As well as full-colour installation photography, the publication includes an interview with the artist, and an essay by art historian Petra Lange-Berndt on the relationship between modern art and nature within the context of the display.
Hardback, 96 pages, 210 x 148 mm
First published 2015.