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August 21 2014

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3 posts tagged "Kehinde Wiley"

The Art Of Givenchy

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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.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Who, What, Where, And When At Art Basel

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We’re at that time of year when the party winds blow south—to Art Basel Miami Beach. Two of the week’s busiest spots are starting things off tonight: At The Webster, the Brazilian footwear company Melissa is throwing a dinner in honor of Italian designer and architect Gaetano Pesce; meanwhile, at brand-spanking-new Soho Beach House, Jay Jopling’s big-time gallery, White Cube, will be tippling until 3 a.m.

This time around, erstwhile gallerist Jeffrey Deitch will be at Miami Basel as director of L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art. As usual, though, he’s hosting a big backyard party at the Raleigh (whose famous pool is pictured, above) on Wednesday, and this year he’s booked LCD Soundsystem. Other Wednesday night options include cocktails with The Last Magazine at The Webster and a party in a car park designed by Herzog & de Meuron—home of the new boutique The Alchemist, which has partnered with the art-world Web site Art Ruby for its inaugural Basel party.

But the real circus night is shaping up to be Thursday. Naturally, both Schnabel men are involved. Papa is doing a star-studded screening of his latest film, Mistral, in collaboration with Maybach and J/P HRO, Sean Penn’s Haiti charity; son Vito, meanwhile, is hosting a late-night bash at Wall with pals Stavros Niarchos and Alex Dellal. In between, there are fashion-heavy dinners for W and Interview magazines (at Cecconi’s and the Delano’s Solarium, respectively), not to mention one at The Webster hosted by La Mer. Across the bay, Bally is celebrating its pop-up shop and collaboration with Swiss artist Philippe Decrauzat. (While we’re on the subject, two other pop-ups to keep an eye on are the eyewear brand Illesteva’s, at Soho Beach House, and the OHWOW shop at the Standard Spa.) Continue Reading “Who, What, Where, And When At Art Basel” »

getting down with kehinde wiley

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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.

Photo: Courtesy of Kehinde Wiley