Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic presents an overview of the artist’s rich and prolific fourteen-year career. The exhibition highlights the range of his production, starting with examples of early paintings executed around the time of his 2001 residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Wiley’s signature portraits of everyday men and women riff on specific paintings by Old Masters, replacing the European aristocrats depicted in those paintings with contemporary black subjects, drawing attention to the absence of African Americans from historical and cultural narratives.
Appropriating the format of specific paintings by renowned masters such as Titian, van Dyck, Ingres, and Manet, Wiley often depicts his subjects wearing sneakers, hoodies, jerseys, baseball caps, and other gear associated with hip-hop culture. Juxtaposed with ornate decorative backgrounds, the stylized likeness and grounds become part of Wiley’s signature style.
The exhibition also includes a selection from his ongoing World Stage project, which he initiated in 2006 by establishing a satellite studio in Beijing; the Down series (2008); several bronze portrait busts, including the Brooklyn Museum’s Houdon Paul-Louis (2011); and new stained glass “paintings.”
Born in Los Angles in 1977, Wiley received his B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute (1999) and his M.F.A. from Yale University (2001). In 2004, the Brooklyn Museum presented his first one-person museum exhibition Passing/Posing: Paintings by Kehinde Wiley.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic is organized by Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum. A fully illustrated catalogue published by the Brooklyn Museum and DelMonico Books • Prestel accompanies the exhibition.
Tour Schedule with Dates
Brooklyn Museum, New York
February 20–May 24, 2015
September 20, 2015–January 10, 2016
Seattle Art Museum, Washington
February 11–May 8, 2016
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia
June 11–September 5, 2016
Phoenix Museum of Art , Arizona
October 7, 2016–January 8, 2017
Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio
February 10–May 14, 2017
Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma