Kehinde Wiley, ‘Anthony of Padua’, 2013, Seattle Art Museum

Collection: Seattle Art Museum, Seattle

Image rights: Courtesy of Brooklyn Museum. © Kehinde Wiley. (Photo: Max Yawney, courtesy of Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California)

"Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic"
Venue: Seattle Art Museum (2016)

Seattle Art Museum, gift of the Contemporary Collectors Forum, 2013.8.

About Kehinde Wiley

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 way.”

American, b. 1977, Los Angeles, California, based in New York, New York