New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) unveiled its new $450m expansion on Thursday in a revamp of the gallery – including a radical "remix" of its permanent collection, which will see famous works e
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 a
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 keepin
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 peo
Jacques-Louis David’s celebrated 19 th -century portrait of Napoleon on horseback will be shown alongside the US artist Kehinde Wiley’s dramatic homage to David’s painting for the first time this autu
Costume trois-pièces, main droite sur la poitrine, main gauche sur un sceptre d’autorité. Sur son site Internet, Kehinde Wiley, 42 ans, prend crânement la pose, au risque du ridicule. Qu’on se rassur
Ring in the Year of the Pig with a visit to Eli Klein Gallery’s solo exhibition Shen Fan: Works in Abstraction, 1992–2017 (until 16 February). 'A pioneer in the field, along with his Shanghai-based
ST. LOUIS — 'On any body, to wear a tattoo is an act of change. It is a will being imposed. And perhaps this is why folks everywhere... have all, in some shape or form, found themselves attracted to
When the American artist Kehinde Wiley – known by many for his presidential portrait of Barack Obama – walked into a Little Caesars restaurant in St Louis, he didn't know he'd walk out with models f
In 2018, artists and curators across the United States have been crafting brilliant exhibitions across the US, exploring themes of identity and community in innovative ways. Ebony G. Patterson made a
The past sometimes acts as a trap for contemporary Native American artists. Critics, myself included, will anticipate the readers’ questions by discussing a material or pattern in terms of its ties to
Football has many guises. It is a pastime where schoolboys scrape knees in a courtyard; a tear-jerking symbol of national pride; a multi-billion dollar industry with corporate interest.
While I was writing this article, in February 2018, the artist Zhao Yao received permission to rent the iconic Workers' Stadium in north-eastern Beijing for one day in May. His intention was to show a
Kehinde Wiley, who has just been tasked with painting Barack Obama's portrait, is known for his paintings of young black men and women in the style of European Old Masters. But last night at the Briti
Last week, former U.S. president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama named the artists who will paint their official portraits for the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Commentators
I recognized some of the faces in the paintings immediately: Hank Willis Thomas, Rashid Johnson and Sanford Biggers paired together, Derrick Adams, Kerry James Marshall, and Carrie Mae Weems. I've had
Twenty years after the handover of sovereignty from the United Kingdom to China, Hong Kong stands at a crossroads. The generation to come of age in the intervening decades has become restless, frustra
Auctions do not make an art market, merely a market out of art. Accordingly Paris remains the center of art that London pretends to be. To British bafflement, it is not only about money (though that too). The Parisian atmosphere, though, is cordite tense. Both police and homeless people are more noticeable, though begging is not. Despite the...
Though history is said to have been written by the victors, one might be forgiven for casting doubt on this particular adage in Richmond, Virginia. The former capital of the Confederate States of America and the current capital of its state, Richmond is littered with monuments that lionize the usual suspects – Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis...
Zhao Zhao and I first met on November 27, 2004. We have known each other for more than 10 years. He graduated from the Xinjiang Arts Institute, one of the top eight art academies in China. The instit
Modern China continues to distance itself from the days of the Cultural Revolution (1966–76). The Open Door policy, introduced by Deng Xiaoping in 1978, enabled a new age of consumerism and commercialism in China, which increased Western influences in the country that led to its integration into the modern international community. In the...
Even before the current documentary about him was out in theaters, Ai Weiwei had become the poster child for China's repression of dissenting artists.