PDP-Presentation on Art and Design and International Discourses

I considered the aspect of modern art having more of a freedom to challenge or attack social floor. This is ultimately as a result of a higher awareness perhaps due to advances in technology. Or a fairer democratic society in which artist have a license and some who say duty to do so.

After paying close attention to the Turner prize 2013 I was shocked to find their was only one painter, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

She is an artist who paints black people from imagination and memory, the black people depicted on the canvas isn’t actually an individual, isn’t this a form of generalization?

I compared this to the ‘study of a black man’ by Joshua Reynolds, in 1770.


This piece also harbors an element of generalization. An aspect common with the slave trade. It could be said  Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is confronting this stereotype; as she challenges the accepted norm of western figuration by depicting black subjects.



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