Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Kehinde Wiley's stunning reversal of Christian art provides commentary on race

By Kiersten Willis
Lamentation over the Dead Christ (Kehinde Wiley/Le Petit Palais)
A Black artist known for creating reversals of European art is displaying his pieces in a Paris museum. France’s Le Petit Palais issued a press release detailing the exhibit, which launched Oct. 20. Kehinde Wiley’s art took on Christian imagery but replaced it with Black faces. In his first solo exhibition, Wiley will showcase 10 monumental works speaking to the current plight of Black people and police brutality. Six of those pieces are stained glass and four are paintings. All are currently on display at Petit Palais through January 15, 2017. [link]