Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Kehinde Wiley on painting the powerless. and a president.

By Farah Nayeri
“Fishermen Upon a Lee-Shore, in Squally Weather (Andielo Pierre)” (2017), by Mr. Wiley.CreditStephen Friedman Gallery, London
LONDON---The London exhibition — featuring nine maritime paintings and a three-screen film — is a departure from the colorful portraiture that is now in the collections of virtually every major museum in the United States (and was featured in the TV series, “Empire”). The new paintings name-check works by J.M.W. Turner, Winslow Homer and Hieronymus Bosch in their titles. But the visual similarity with any forerunners is less overt than in the portraits that made Mr. Wiley famous. Pictured on canvas in the maritime paintings are real-life Haitians whose names are also included in the works’ titles. [More]
Joseph Mallord William Turner's "Fishermen upon a Lee-Shore, in Squally Weather" (1802) 
Kehinde Wiley's “Fishermen at Sea (Jean-Frantz Laguerre and Andielo Pierre)” (2017)