Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic was an exhibit held June 11 - September 5, 2016 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Information from the press release is here. If you have questions or comments regarding the material, please contact the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts directly through either this phone number or web address:


Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic presents a stunning retrospective of this artist's prolific career through nearly 60 paintings and sculptures. Wiley's work raises intriguing questions about race, gender, and the politics of representation by portraying contemporary African American men and women using the conventions of traditional European portraiture. Appropriating the format of specific paintings by renowned masters ranging from Titian to Édouard Manet, Wiley often depicts his subjects wearing sneakers, hoodies, and other gear associated with today's hip-hop culture and sets them against ornate decorative backgrounds that evoke earlier eras and cultures. By replacing the European aristocrats with contemporary black subjects, Wiley's portraits draw attention to the absence of African Americans from historical and cultural narratives. Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic is organized by the Brooklyn Museum and made possible by the Henry Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. It is curated by Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum. Organized for VMFA by Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at VMFA.

A book accompanies the exhibit. Also a VMFA webpage has the transcript and audio recording of an interview with the artist and a link to a PBS video documentary.

A .pdf of the news release is here.



(above: front cover of Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, by Eugenie Tsai, Connie H. Choi. Prestel Verlag GmbH & Company KG., 2015. Image courtesy of Google Books.


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