Thursday, March 12, 2015

Art critic dismisses Kehinde Wiley as a predatory Thomas Kinkade

VILLAGE VOICE
By Jessica Dawson
"Saint Andrew" (2006) by Kehinde Wiley
NEW YORK---If you think you recognize one of the paintings from the Fox evening soap Empire on the walls of the Brooklyn Museum's Kehinde Wiley retrospective, you're only half wrong. But look closer at the 50-some objects — painting, sculpture, stained glass — in "Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic," and you'll see predatory behavior dressed up as art-historical affirmative action. Saint Andrew grinds his crotch against a wooden cross, and in case we don't quite get it, Wiley has painted free-floating spermatozoa across the canvas. [link]
St. Andrew, the Apostle, son of Jonah, or John (Matthew 16:17; John 1:42), was born in Bethsaida of Galilee (John 1:44). He was brother of Simon (Peter) (Matthew 10:2; John 1:40). Both were fishermen (Matthew 4:18; Mark 1:16), and at the beginning of Our Lord’s public life occupied the same house at Capharnaum (Mark 1:21, 29).