Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, December 21, 2019

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, December 7, 2019 



The City of Monrovia is excited to announce the 2019 
Holi-day Home Decorating Contest winners! This year, the 
contest judges viewed over 20 fully decked out homes and 
businesses filled with candy cane lined pathways and whimsical 
holiday spirit.


2019 Holiday Home Decorating Contest Winners

• Best Still Display Award - 214 South Alta Vista

• Best Outdoor Display - 333 Norumbega Drive

• Most Effective Use of Lighting Award - 380 Norumbega 

• Best Neighborhood Effort Award - Valmont Drive and 
Valmont Place

• Santa’s Workshop Award - 436 North Primrose 

• Holiday Spirit Award - 2400 & 2500 Block of Rochelle 

• Children’s Choice Award - 309 North Madison Avenue

 (Pictured Above)

• Judges Award - 300 Block of North Alta Vista Avenue


2019 Old Town Merchant Window Decorating Contest 

• Best Holiday Display – Paint N Play

• Most Spectacular – Monrovia Floral

• Judge’s Award – Monrovia Chamber of Commerce

• Honorable Mention - St. Clair Bridal

• Honorable Mention – Sugarland


Congratulations to all the 2019 Home Decorating Contest 
winners! All are encour-aged to take a tour of the homes 
by viewing the map of the 2019 Winning Entries and 


To stay up to date on holiday happenings, visit www.cityofmonrovia.
org, “Like” City of Monrovia and Old Town Monrovia 
on Facebook and follow the City and Old Town Monrovia 
on Instagram @cityofmonrovia and @oldtownmonrovia.


Photo credit: City of Monrovia

Dispatch Supervisor Christine Campbell Retiring After 31 
Years of Service. Chris, YOU are going to be missed!


Recent paintings by contemporary British artist Lynette 
Yiadom-Boakye will be on view Jan. 25–May 11, 2020, at 
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical 
Gardens. “The Hilton Als Series: Lynette Yiadom-
Boakye,” is curated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author 
Hilton Als, staff writer and theater critic for The New 
Yorker magazine, and associate professor of writing at 
Columbia University. This presentation is the second in 
a trilogy of exhibitions at The Huntington that originated 
at the Yale Center for British Art. The first exhibition, 
on view at The Huntington in early 2019, focused on the 
work of Celia Paul, and the final installment in 2021 will 
highlight the work of Los Angeles-based artist Njideka 
Akunyili Crosby.

 “The uncanny mix of informality and mystery in Lynette 
Yiadom-Boakye’s ‘non-portrait’ figural paintings creates 
a fascinating dialogue with The Huntington’s collection 
of highly formal, 18th-century British portraits of white, 
upper-class figures,” said Catherine Hess, chief curator of 
European art at The Huntington. “The juxtaposition of 
her work will help expand the story that we tell around 
British art and the traditions of figural representation 
across centuries.”

 The installation at The Huntington features five works 
selected by Als in collaboration with the artist and 
focuses on recent paintings that are portrait-like studies 
of fictional characters. Drawn from the world of found 
images and imagination, Yiadom-Boakye’s figures seem 
familiar but also mysterious. She typically finishes each 
painting in a single day, infusing the works with freshness 
and spontaneity, as if they were painted from life.

 “Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is among the most important 
artists working in Britain today,” said Matthew Hargraves, 
chief curator of art collections at the Yale Center for 
British Art. “The selection of these works, all on loan 
from generous private collectors, offers an opportunity 
to see her powerful representations of imaginary people 
of color shown in action and contemplation.”

 The paintings’ titles pull from the artist’s own poetry 
and contribute to the sense that these scenes are, in the 
end, unknowable. In both The Needs Beyond (2013) and 
Greenhouse Fantasies (2014), men look directly and 
enigmatically at the viewer. Viewers are left wondering 
who exactly these individuals are and what their stories 
may be.

 Yiadom-Boakye was born in 1977 in London, where 
she lives and works today. She attended Central Saint 
Martins College of Art and Design, Falmouth College of 
Arts, and the Royal Academy Schools. She has had several 
solo museum shows, most recently at the New Museum 
of Contemporary Art, New York (2017); the Kunsthalle 
Basel, Switzerland (2016); the Haus der Kunst, Munich 
(2015); and the Serpentine Gallery, London (2015). She 
was included in the Göteborg International Biennial for 
Contemporary Art (GIBCA): “A Story Within a Story,” 
at the Röda Sten Konsthall, Gothenburg, Sweden (2015) 
and the British Art Show 8, traveling to four venues 
between 2015 and 2017.

 Her work is included in many public collections 
including the Tate Collection, London; the Victoria and 
Albert Museum, London; the Miami Art Museum; the 
Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the Arts Council 
Collection, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art, 
Chicago; the Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC; the 
Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco 
Museum of Modern Art; and the National Museum of 
African Art, Washington D.C.

 Yiadom-Boakye was the 2012 recipient of the Victor 
Pinchuk Foundation Future Generation Art Prize, which 
was accompanied by a solo exhibition of her work. She 
was short-listed for the 2013 Turner Prize, and Prestel 
has published a monograph of her work. She has been 
represented by Jack Shainman Gallery since 2010.

 “The Hilton Als Series: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye” is 
organized by the Yale Center for British Art where it will 
be on view from Sept. 12 through Dec. 15, 2019. It will 
be on view at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, 
and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA, from Jan. 
25 through May 11, 2020. The exhibition’s presentation 
at The Huntington is made possible by generous 
support from Laura and Carlton Seaver and the LLWW 

 Related Event

Hilton Als will present a lecture at The Huntington on 
Yiadom-Boakye’s work in context of the exhibition on 
March 17, 2020. Visit for more details 
closer to the event.

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