Shantavia Beale II, 2012.
Brooklyn-based portrait painter Kehinde Wiley unveils a retrospective of his 14-year art career in A New Republic, now on view at the Brooklyn Museum. His unique portrait painting style has gained much attention over the years as he paints his subjects, mainly Black men, in a grandiose style, similar to that of traditional European portraiture.
Through street-castings, he finds his subjects, and they are able to choose the theme of their portrait, in a collaborative fashion. A New Republic features sixty paintings and sculptures from Wiley’s fourteen-year career, including selections from World Stage paintings, in which he takes his street casting process to other countries ’round the world. Not to be missed.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic
February 20–May 24, 2015
Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing and Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, 5th Floor
*Photo courtesy of Kehinde Wiley/Brooklyn Museum