Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic
Through January 8, 2017 Marley Gallery, Katz Wing
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n a world of remakes and reboots, Kehinde Wiley revolutionizes. One of the most compelling artists of the 21st century, Kehinde Wiley explores the vibrancy of youth, power and potential in his largescale paintings that reimagine classic European portraiture and recasts them with young, diverse men and women from across the world. See more than 60 of his most compelling works in Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, on view in Marley Gallery through January 8. The artist’s first mid-career retrospective, surveying his meteoric rise over the course of nearly 15 years, A New Republic has traveled to Museum’s across the country, originating from New York’s Brooklyn Museum. His portraits of ‘street-cast’ subjects— individuals, often strangers, that Wiley encountered on the street—are complemented by rare sculptures and stained-glass works that illustrate the breadth and complexity of the artist’s
incomparable vision. His works, which draw inspiration from traditional European portraiture traditions, weave a nuanced narrative of power and perception, portraits that defy historical and contemporary Euro-centric ideals of beauty and grace. “Throughout his fifteen year career, Wiley has created a striking counterpoint between his contemporary subjects and the cultural traditions of representation,” said Gilbert Vicario, the Selig Family Chief Curator. “His work makes an effort to communicate issues around identity, class, power and authority with an authenticity that resonates deeply within our community.” Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic is organized by the Brooklyn Museum. Its Phoenix premiere is made possible through the generous support of PetSmart, along with Contemporary Forum. Additional support has been provided by Arizona Public Service (APS), UMB Bank, Joan Cremin and Haig Tchamitch, Meredith and Charlie vonArentschildt, Adam and Iris Singer, and Gail and Steve Rineberg.
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