Sunday, June 19, 2016

RELIGIOUS ART | NEWS OF WEEK

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By ErnestGregory Disney-Britton
Kehinde Wiley's portraits often feature gay black men as Christian saints
If you’ve been searching for some way to deal with the massacre in Orlando, we have too. The need to mourn and the desire for action can be a complicated process, but that's when we look to art of the religious imagination. This week, we turn to a newly opened art museum retrospective on the master artist, Kehinde Wiley. Recognized for his portrayal of black men, and especially gay black men like himself, Wiley reinterprets the conventions of high church portraiture. So what are you waiting for? Kehinde Wiley's portraits are now on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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