Born in 1977 in Los Angeles, Kehinde Wiley lives and works in New York. Examining issues of racial and sexual identity, his works create collisions where art history and street culture come face to face. The artist makes eroticised heroes of the invisible, those traditionally banished from representations of power. His work reinterprets the vocabulary of power and prestige, part politically-charged critique, part an avowed fascination with the luxury and bombast of Western symbols of male domination.
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J. Marion Sims, sometimes referred to as the 'father of modern gynecology,' was a 19th-century doctor who conducted brutal, nonconsensual experimental surgeries on enslaved Black women without using anesthesia. A monument for the surgeon stood in Central Park for 80 years, across the New York Academy of Medicine on 103rd Street, until it was...
This afternoon, a heavily trafficked isle in Times Square, Manhattan became the site of a monumental unveiling. Standing 27 feet in the air and 16 feet wide, Kehinde Wiley's bronze statue, Rumors of War (2019), made its first public appearance.
DAKAR, Senegal — The art star Kehinde Wiley is standing in the middle of his spacious bedroom with mint green walls looking like a little kid who can't wait to blurt out the surprise he's been keeping secret. Everything in his new Black Rock studio and artists' residence in Dakar is fabulous, of course. The 20-foot wooden entry door, the...
On the island idyll, the artist has immersed himself in the lives and ways of the Mahu, a centuries-old community made up of transgender women (Mahu is the traditional Polynesian classification of people of a third gender). The result is a new series of paintings and a video installation on show at Galerie Templon in Paris, focused on this...
© Sylvie Boulloud Galerie Templon, Paris KEDINDE WILEY Tahiti - Kehinde Wiley 18 May—20 July 2019 GALERIE TEMPLON, PARIS – GRENIER SAINT LAZARE
Produced to accompany the exhibition, Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, this video series features the artist himself discussing his background, work, process, philosophy, and art historical influences.
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