Kehinde Wiley
American, born 1977
5,050 followers
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2016
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic,
Seattle Art Museum
2015
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic,
Brooklyn Museum
2014
SHAQ LOVES PEOPLE,
The FLAG Art Foundation

Working exclusively in portraiture, Kehinde Wiley fuses traditional formats and motifs with modern modes of representation. Selecting works from old masters like Peter Paul Rubens or Jacques-Louis David, Wiley replaces the historical figures with handsome young black men. In his related, ongoing “World Stage” series, Wiley’s heroic figures are depicted in front of colorful background patterns that make specific reference to textiles and decorative patterns of various cultures, from 19th-century Judaica paper cutouts to Martha Stewart’s interior color swatches. Wiley’s penchant for jarring juxtapositions stems from his desire to complicate notions of group identity. “How do we…go beyond the media stereotypes about national identity?” he has said. “I don't really think about myself as a young gay black American, nor do I interface with my Brazilian or Mexican or Jewish friends that …

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