Kehinde Wiley: the world stage : Brazil

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This volume includes a selection of 22 new portrait paintings from Kehinde Wiley's multinational "World Stage" series, which has included Africa, China and India in the past and now moves on to Brazil. Immersing himself in the local culture of Rio de Janeiro, Wiley incorporates the people, history and aesthetic of the city in each of his monumental male portraits. His models, chosen from the favela slums, reflect historically significant public sculptures found within the city. Oversize tropical flowers in full bloom, appropriated from Brazilian textiles, inundate the work with saturated, brightly hued colors suggestive of Brazilian exoticism. Likening African-descended, young Brazilian males to canonical figures from Western art history as well as Brazilian public monuments, Wiley renders masculinity both august and noble. Text in English and Portuguese.

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AT BEST KEHINDE WILEY HAS TRANSFORMED URBAN IMAGING. HIS APPRECIATION FOR HISTORY IS FANTASTIC HOWEVER WILEY HAS ALSO MASTERED BRINGING EMOTION TO LIFE. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1955
Section 2
1959
Section 3
1968

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About the author (2009)

Kehinde Wiley received his MFA from Yale University in 2001. Shortly after, he became an artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem. He is represented by Deitch Projects, New York, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, and Roberts and Tilton, Los Angeles. His work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Brooklyn Museum, New York, the Miami Art Museum, Miami, and the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit.

Brian Keith Jackson has received fellowships from Art Matters, the Jerome Foundation, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. His first novel, "The View From Here, " won the American Library Association Literary Award for First Fiction from the Black Caucus of America. He lives in New York City.

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