Saturday, December 6, 2014

Meet Kehinde Wiley, the Artist Who Moves Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka: He's "Phenomenal"

David Burtka, Neil Patrick Harris and artist Kehinde Wiley
CALIFORNIA---It's possible that artist Kehinde Wiley and Neil Patrick Harris, a passionate collector of the painter's work, will end up together at February's Academy Awards. Harris, of course, will be hosting the ABC broadcast. Meanwhile, Wiley is the subject of a documentary short co-produced by PBS and directed by Jeff Dupre (producer and co-director of HBO's Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present) that is shortlisted for an Oscar nomination. It's one more sign that the 37-year-old — who was raised in South Central L.A. by a single mother and who holds an MFA from Yale ­— seemingly is everywhere, with works in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and LACMA as well as of such stars as Elton John and Alicia Keys. [link]

Kehinde Wiley is the 2018 winner of the A&O Prize for Contemporary Religious Art