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Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic - Seattle Art Museum
In past show

The Olbricht Collection, Berlin.

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Courtesy of Brooklyn Museum. © 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.”

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2016
Kehinde Wiley: A New RepublicSeattle Art Museum
2015
Kehinde Wiley: A New RepublicBrooklyn Museum
2014
SHAQ LOVES PEOPLEThe FLAG Art Foundation
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Equestrian Portrait of King Philip II (Michael Jackson), 2009

Oil on canvas
128 × 112 in
325.1 × 284.5 cm
Location
Seattle, Seattle
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The Olbricht Collection, Berlin.

Medium
Image rights
Courtesy of Brooklyn Museum. © 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.”

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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