SALT 7: LYNETTE YIADOM-BOAKYE, UTAH MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Feb. 21-June 23

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts continues its winning salt series of new and innovative art exhibitions with a new show opening Thursday featuring the debut of British artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's oil paintings. Yiadom-Boakye's works focus on portraiture, most of the subjects being black--and fictional. Her works is purposefully devoid of clues to her characters' social or economic status, leaving it to the viewer to fill in  a story based purely the subtle expressions that come through the artist's brushwork. This is Yiadom-Boakye's first solo exhibition in the western United States, and she'll be on hand Thursday evening for an artist talk with UMFA curator of modern and contemporary art, Whitney Tassie. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the community is welcomed to check out salt 7 for free, and the artist talk will be in the museum's auditorium at 7 p.m.

Above is the artist's Shoot the Desperate, Hug the Needy, part of the salt 7 show.