Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A Mid-Career Retrospective of Prolific Artist Kehinde Wiley Opens at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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"St. Gregory Palamas" Collection of Edward Tyler Nahem, New York / "Houdon Paul-Louis" Brooklyn Museum / "Saint Remi" Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
VIRGINIA---An exhibition featuring portraits by one of the country’s leading contemporary artists is on view June 11 through September 5 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Composed of more than 50 monumental paintings and sculptures, Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic raises intriguing questions about race, identity, and the politics of representation. Recognized for his portrayal of contemporary African American men using conventions of traditional European portraiture, Wiley has expanded his vision to include women and cultures from around the globe. In addition to lesser-known early works, this exhibition also explores new developments, which include bronze busts, “paintings” in stained glass, and works from his World Stage series. [link]

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: "Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic" (Ends September 5, 2016); 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA; 804.340.1405; vmfa.museum
Recognized for his portrayal of contemporary African American men using conventions of traditional European portraiture, Wiley has expanded his vision to include women and cultures from around the globe.
Saint Remi, 2014, stained glass. Courtesy of Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris.