Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley

by Thelma Golden
     
 

Known for his oversize paintings of contemporary African-Americans in heroic poses inspired by the great history and portrait painters of the past, Kehinde Wiley’s clever and ironic “reversals” have provided rich commentary on the nature of race and power in our society. His work began primarily from photographs he took of young men on the street

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Known for his oversize paintings of contemporary African-Americans in heroic poses inspired by the great history and portrait painters of the past, Kehinde Wiley’s clever and ironic “reversals” have provided rich commentary on the nature of race and power in our society. His work began primarily from photographs he took of young men on the street in Harlem that he remixed with a fusion of historic painting styles, including elements of the French rococo. As rich visually as it is conceptually, Wiley’s work has drawn attention since his earliest shows in 2001. In the last decade, he has become one of the most important artists of the moment, with work as relevant and resonant to the hip-hop generation as it is to high-end collectors and major museums.

This volume—the only comprehensive monograph on Wiley’s work—offers an in-depth understanding of this important artist’s work. It chronicles both the earliest paintings and photographs and his recent forays into sculpture—bust portraits in bronze in the manner of Renaissance artists.  

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Editorial Reviews

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"As with most great art, Kehinde Wiley’s portraits reflect the time and place in which they were created. They also comment on the history of portraiture, specifically upending traditional European representations of power and beauty. The paintings are distinguished not only by their subjects—young black men cloaked in hip-hop couture—and the technical gifts of their creator, which are considerable, but in their tremendous (and somewhat humorous) appeal." ~ForeWord

"Kehinde Wiley’s portraits of men of color, portrayed as kings, knights, or saints out of Western history paintings, juxtapose issues of race and gender with ideas of power, and ask important questions about the role of young black males today. Kehinde Wiley…is a great introduction to the celebrated portrait painter. It’s a perfect coffee table book, with great content.” ~The Artblog
  
“This is the first monograph on Wiley, complete with gilt-edged pages and essays by art historians, and it’s the kind of art you wind up talking about as much as you look at it…fascinating.” ~Star Ledger

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847835492
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
05/15/2012
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
438,373
Product dimensions:
9.72(w) x 12.56(h) x 1.13(d)

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