Harlemite and artist Kehinde Wiley talks about his current fabulous exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Wiley’s signature portraits of everyday men and women riff on specific paintings by Old Masters, replacing the European aristocrats depicted in those paintings with contemporary black subjects, drawing attention to the absence of African Americans from historical and cultural narratives.
The works presented in Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic raise questions about race, gender, and the politics of representation. The exhibition includes an overview of the artist’s prolific fourteen-year career and features sixty paintings and sculptures. The exhibit runs through May 24, 2015.
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What do you think about his work?