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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Imagines Lush Black Bodies In 'The Love Within'

British-Ghanaian artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye imagines lush black bodies in 'The Love Within' at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City.

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The Love Within is a solo exhibition of recent works by British-Ghanaian painter, poet and writer Lynette Yiadom-Boakye currently on display at New York's Jack Shainman Gallery. This new show is the artist's third at Jack Shainman following 2010's Essays and Documents and 2012's All Manner of Needs. Yiadom-Boakye's oil paintings represent a mix of large and small-scale scenes that predominantly portray black figures in medias res. The candid nature of each portrait leaves the artistic narrative open to the viewer's interpretation and conveys a sense of intimacy aptly summed up by the show's title.

Yiadom-Boakye's unidentified subjects represent an amalgamation of traits stored in her artistic palette, and her paintings inhabit a nebulous space which allows for a very improvisational technique. In a video interview (below) conducted at the 55th Venice Biennale, Yiadom-Boakye shed some insight into the sources of her inspiration, saying "I work from scrapbooks. I work from drawings. I work from imagination. It's a combination of all of those things so what I arrive at is not traced to any particular one source."

Born in London in 1977 to Ghanaian parents, Yiadom-Boakye trained at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Falmouth College of Arts and the Royal Academy Schools. She was shortlisted for the prestigious Turner Prize in 2013 and has had her work exhibited in France, Italy, South Korea, and Ukraine. Click through our gallery above for a preview of The Love Within.

The Love Within is now on display at both Jack Shainman locations (513 W 20th St. & 524 W 24th St.) and continues through January 10, 2015.

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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