Sunday, July 14, 2019


By Gregory & Ernest Disney-Britton
Kehinde Wiley’s "Portrait of Moerai Matuanui" (2019); Huile sur lin/ Oil on linen; 72 x 60 3/8 in. at Galerie Templon in Paris, France through July 20, 2019
We’re back from our fantasy island trip to Key West, to finally discover the big news of the solo show, “Tahiti: Kehinde Wiley” in Paris. It’s Kehinde Wiley’s response to Paul Gaugin’s fantasy island escape to Tahiti, and his erotic depictions of their trans women known as Māhū spiritual leaders  (See  “Pape Moe"). Gauguin knew Tahiti was right for him, but he painted for Christian colonizers, and Kehinde delves more deeply into Gaugin’s fantasy. That’s why “Portrait of Moerai Matuanui” makes Kehinde Wiley, our artist of the week... again.

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Kehinde Wiley. Photo © Brad Ogbonna. Courtesy Templon, Paris & Brussels.
The Siesta, 2019 Huile sur lin / Oil on linen 183 x 244 cm 72 x 96 1/8 in. photo : Diane Arques / ADAGP, Paris, 2019
Portrait of Tuatini Manate,III, 2019 Huile sur lin / Oil on linen 180 x 241,5 cm 70 7/8 x 95 1/8 in. photo : Diane Arques / ADAGP, Paris, 2019
Paul Gauguin's "Pape moe" (1893) Oil on canvas99 x 65 cm; Courtesy Foundation EG Bührle. Private collection, Switzerland