Saturday, July 8, 2017

Changing the picture: Kehinde Wiley's 'A New Republic' makes its final stop at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art

THE OKLAHOMAN
By Brandy McDonnell
Artist Kehinde Wiley speaks recently about his art before the opening of his show "A New Republic" at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art in Oklahoma City. Behind his is his heroic-size painting "Morpheus." Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
OKLAHOMA CITY---Sitting on a bench inside the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Kehinde Wiley is virtually eclipsed by his own larger-than-life work. The celebrated contemporary artist's penchant for remixing traditional art forms — society portraits, stained-glass windows, religious icon paintings — with 21st century ideals like diversity, agency and equality are on view in the 50 works in the traveling exhibition "Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic.” On view through Sept. 10 on the museum's first and third floors, “A New Republic” marks the first time Wiley has shown his work in Oklahoma. [More]
The stained glass work "Saint Ursula and the Virgin Martyrs" by artist Kehinde Wiley is on view in the exhibit "Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic" at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art in Oklahoma City. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman