Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Kehinde Wilkey's religious paintings at the Brooklyn Museum helps show why black lives matter

By Ned Resnikoff
Stained glass windows installation. Courtesy of the Brooklyn Reader
NEW YORK---With his golden halo and gentle gaze, the man on the pedestal in the stained-glass window looks like a medieval Christian saint. But the high-top sneakers and white hoodie give it away; this is the work of the artist Kehinde Wiley. Wiley’s portraits of young black men and other people of color — rendered in oil paintings, bronze, stained glass and video — are deliberately at odds with many images common in American mass media. A new exhibition on view until May 24 at the Brooklyn Museum offers a retrospective of his work over the last decade and, for many who attend it, continues the discussion on race and justice begun by the Black Lives Matter movement. [link]

Repost from @brooklynmuseum Of the sixty objects that will soon be on view in "Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic" are six of @KehindeWiley's new stained-glass “paintings."