Lynette Yiadom-Boakye selects pieces for Whitechapel Gallery’s new show

Turner Prize-nominated Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is assistant curating an exhibition this spring at London’s Whitechapel Gallery. Running now through mid-June, the presentation, titled Natures, Natural and Unnatural, is a carefully selected group of contemporary multi-media artworks from both some of the world’s best-known and some of its lesser appreciated artists.

“The works that I was drawn to … all had a link to nature or still life or a combination of the two,” says Yiadom-Boakye. “The title of the display refers to the idea of nature, and the different types of nature – the nature you walk out into in the wilderness, nature that you bring into the house, human nature, people interacting with nature and also the nature within a person. I wanted to think about all of those things in the selection.”

Entirely drawn from the V-A-C collection, Moscow, the exhibition includes pieces from the oeuvres of Peter Doig, David Hockney, Gary Hume, Andy Warhol, Russian photographer Nikolay Bakharev, Estonian artist Jan Toomik, and more.

The presentation is one of a series of four displays through the Whitechapel Gallery, which make up a programme dedicated to opening up rarely seen collections from around the world.

by Emily Rae Pellerin

Images courtesy Whitechapel Gallery

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