Kehinde Wiley: The World Stage Brazil

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This volume includes a selection of 22 new portrait paintings from Kehinde Wiley's multinational World Stage series, which has included Africa, China and India in the past and now moves on to Brazil. Immersing himself in the local culture of Rio de Janeiro, Wiley incorporates the people, history and aesthetic of the city in each of his monumental male portraits. His models, chosen from the favela slums, reflect historically significant public sculptures found within the city. Oversize tropical flowers in full ...
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Overview

This volume includes a selection of 22 new portrait paintings from Kehinde Wiley's multinational World Stage series, which has included Africa, China and India in the past and now moves on to Brazil. Immersing himself in the local culture of Rio de Janeiro, Wiley incorporates the people, history and aesthetic of the city in each of his monumental male portraits. His models, chosen from the favela slums, reflect historically significant public sculptures found within the city. Oversize tropical flowers in full bloom, appropriated from Brazilian textiles, inundate the work with saturated, brightly hued colors suggestive of Brazilian exoticism. Likening African-descended, young Brazilian males to canonical figures from Western art history as well as Brazilian public monuments, Wiley renders masculinity both august and noble. Text in English and Portuguese.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781427613738
  • Publisher: Roberts & Tilton
  • Publication date: 12/31/2009
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,005,401
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kehinde Wiley was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1977, and received his MFA from the Yale University, School of Art in New Haven, CT in 2001. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Walker Art Center, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. The artist currently lives and works in New York City, and exhibits with Deitch Projects in New York, Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago, and Roberts & Tilton in Los Angeles.

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