INDIVIDUAL’S SENSE OF EMPOWERMENT BY KEHINDE WILEY

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York-based visual artist Kehinde Wiley has firmly situated himself within art history’s portrait painting tradition. Wiley engages the signs and visual rhetoric of the heroic, powerful, majestic, and sublime in his representation of urban black and brown men found throughout the world.

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His portraits are highly stylized and staged, and draw attention to the dialectic between a history of aristocratic representation and the portrait as a statement of power and the individual’s sense of empowerment.

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“For a Long Time…” at Roberts & Tilton Gallery

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After the great Kehinde Wiley World Stage: Israel show, Roberts & Tilton will open “For a Long Time…”, a group show featuring works from Marina Abramović, Vito Acconci, Hamish Fulton, Whitney Hubbs, Erica Love, Raymond Pettibon, and Kehinde Wiley. You know, HEAVYWEIGHTS. The show will feature works that “examine varying periods of duration in which stamina is physically and psychologically confronted. Combining performative works by performance-based and nonperformance-based artists, the exhibition includes video, photography, text and docu-works.”

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Kehinde Wiley’s soccer portraits in Cape Town for World Cup celebrations

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Earlier this year, Kehinde Wiley showcased four new pieces in Berlin to coincide with the World Cup, with portraits of 3 soccer greats Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon, John Mensah of Ghana, and Emmanuel Eboué of Ivory Coast.  “Wiley painted three individual portraits of each player wearing the Africa Unity Kit, and then a fourth ‘Unity’ Portrait was painted with all three players together, symbolizing the united countries of Africa.” So now, teamed up Puma, Wiley has had the work traveling around the world, but finally the 4 pieces have found there way to Studio One in Cape Town for a Kehinde exhibition, again, all in conjunction and timed for this big thing called the World Cup that is going on in South Africa.

Point is, Kehinde Wiley is a badass.

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