British artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, born in London in 1977 where she currently lives and works, recently inspired the live portraits for the video art of Solange Knowles's ''Don’t Touch My Hair'' single.

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Yiadom-Boakye's portraits ask the reviewer to rethink how they see the genre. Using oil paintings and techniques from the European art canon, such as Édouard Manet's color palette. Lynette's works honor her West African heritage, by introducing black sitters, who are not usually associated with this type of portraiture.

Her subject are nonchalant, otherworldly, their eyes often lowered or not looking directly at the viewer, differing from traditional European portraits.

Under-Song for a Cipher will open at the New Museum this week and will be exhibited until September, 2017. See here for more information.