3 posts tagged "Kehinde Wiley"
New York contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley has made a name for himself with his paintings of African-American men posing heroically in front of baroque backgrounds. For his latest exhibition, however, he dipped his toes in new territory with a series of paintings of women (cast from the streets of New York)—all clad in Givenchy. Wiley worked closely with Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci to come up with six dresses for the models, reportedly spending hours in the Louvre together seeking inspiration for the looks. It’s a process that is soon to be revealed to the public in a documentary by filmmaker Jeff Dupre, who closely tracked the project’s creation. The exhibition (An Economy of Grace), exploring the depiction of gender in the context of history, opens at the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York in May. Above, an exclusive look at Tisci and Wiley hard at work on the project.
The figures in Down, Kehinde Wiley’s new series of paintings at Deitch Projects, may all lie flat, but the California-born artist’s star is on the rise. Wiley has earned international accolades for his genre-subverting re-creations of traditional portraiture—previously the sole dominion of the wealthy and powerful—that feature young, unknown, and casually attired blackmen from Harlem, Senegal, and Rio as subjects. But Wiley takes them a step beyond the poses previously reserved for noblemen, judges, and kings. He borrows from Old Masters like Holbein, Mantegna, and Houdon to depict his models as fallen heroes, erotic subjects, and even entombed saints. Down is, ahem, up until December 20. Check it out.