Patterned from Life

A fantastic exhibition/retrospective is currently showing at Brooklyn MuseumKehinde Wiley: A New Republic is a gorgeous passage through the artist’s métier and includes a small set of new paintings.

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic

Conspicuous Fraud Series #1 (Eminence), 2001

Mr. Wiley has a most captivating and immediately engaging system for his paintings. Finding subjects while walking the city (what he terms as “street casting”), he invites a person to visit his studio and pour over an art history book, asking them to find a classic image they like and would like to replicate. After the sitter has selected a painting, photo or sculpture Mr. Wiley poses them accordingly and takes photographs. The photographs are then turned into lush and extremely detailed oil paintings that dazzle the eye, not only with their subject matter but the sheer scale at which the paintings are rendered. They are truly monumental in size and engulf the viewer.

Kehinde Wiley, A New Republic, Brooklyn Museum

Femme piquée par un serpent, 2008

Kehinde Wiley’s work is progressive and exciting with a unique vision. The show includes some beautiful stained glass pieces and a number of bronzes that equal the power of the paintings. He has also taken new steps to include female subjects.

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic

Shantavia Beale II, 2012

It is difficult to describe this show—one must simply see it. I’m a big fan of this artist and cannot recommend this exhibition enough! See Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic through May 24th.