Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Kehinde Wiley-A New Repulic At The Brooklyn Museum
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Brooklyn Museum for the New Republic exhibit by Kehinde Wiley, which addressed questions about race, gender, and the politics of representation by portraying contemporary African American men and women using the conventions of traditional European portraiture. The work exhibited at the Brooklyn museum spanned his 14 year career, and features 60 paintings and sculptures.
I was familiar with his work previously because he had a small exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum that has been there for about a year, but seeing a larger collective of his work was simply phenomenal. His sculptures, which I'd never seen before had me in awe. The details were incredible, mostly consisted of copper a medium. I had a great appreciation for his sculptures because i'd never seen sculptures that had the appearance of current Black people, style and culture. Generally when I see sculptures in Museums or art galleries it's typically historic European body forms, or if it is Black body forms it's usually in the context of indigenous culture and style.
The whole exhibit is amazing, and his work has even been featured in popular shows like Fox's Empire. There was also a documentary at the exhibit that partners the journey in his whole creative process to create his pieces. The series will be available at the Brooklyn Museum until May 24th 2015. Here's a peek at some of his work, but you may take a look at more or get more updates of when he'll have exhibits in your area at his website, KehindeWiley.com.