kehinde wiley to paint official portrait of president barack obama

18 October 2017
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to announce that Kehinde Wiley has been chosen by former President Barack Obama to paint his official portrait for the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. The portrait will be unveiled at the museum in early 2018 and will be added to the Portrait Gallery's permanent collection.

premiere of 'narrenschiff' at the british film institute on london's southbank

18 October 2017
Kehinde Wiley's new film 'Narrenschiff' will premiere at the British Film Institute on London's Southbank on Wednesday 22 November, 8:35pm

The film will be installed for the duration of the artist's second exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery from 24 November 2017 - 27 January.

the final installment of 'kehinde wiley: a new republic’ opens at the oklahoma city museum of art, USA

17 June 2017
A retrospective of nearly sixty paintings and sculptures that celebrates Kehinde Wiley's career opens for its final iteration. The exhibition has toured from: Toledo Museum, Ohio; Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Virginia; Seattle Art Museum, Washington; Modern Art Museum Fortworth, Texas; and Brooklyn Museum, New York where it opened in February 2015.

kehinde wiley in ‘harlem: found ways’ at ethelbert cooper gallery, harvard university, USA

24 May 2017
In Harlem: Found Ways, the Cooper Gallery presents artistic visions and engagements from recent decades specific to Harlem, New York City. Each artwork employs a distinct set of inquiries and innovative strategies to explore the Harlem community's visual heritage as it grapples with the challenges of gentrification. The fifty-five works, including work by Kehinde Wiley, are anchored by photographer Dawoud Bey...

'kehinde wiley: a new republic’ travels to toledo museum, ohio, USA

10 February 2017
A retrospective of nearly sixty paintings and sculptures that celebrates Kehinde Wiley's career opens for its next iteration. The exhibition has toured from: Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Virginia; Seattle Art Museum, Washington; Modern Art Museum Fortworth, Texas; and Brooklyn Museum, New York where it opened in February 2015.

The exhibition runs from 10 February until 14 May 2017.

Kehinde Wiley at Toledo Museum


‘kehinde wiley: lamentation’ at petit palais, paris, france

20 October 2016
For his first solo show in France, Kehinde Wiley presents ten monumental works in stained glass and oil on canvas. Wiley continues his exploration of religious iconography in reference to Christ and for the first time the figure of the Virgin Mary. Six windows will be installed in the Great Gallery at Petit Palais, alongside four monumental paintings that will dress the walls of one of the rooms of the nineteenth century collections o...

'kehinde wiley: a new republic’ travels to phoenix art museum, arizona, USA

7 October 2016
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic presents a stunning retrospective of the artist's prolific career through nearly 60 paintings and sculptures.

Kehinde 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 master...

kehinde wiley in ’30 americans’ at detroit institute of arts, michigan, USA

18 October 2015
Kehinde Wiley features in '30 Americans', a showcase of contemporary art by African American artists drawn from the acclaimed Rubell Family Collection based in Miami, Florida. The exhibition looks at issues of racial, political, historical and gender identity in contemporary culture and will feature 55 paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs and video created by many of the most important African American arti...

kehine wiley in ‘san diego collects’ at museum of contemporary art san diego

26 September 2015
Featuring a selection of works from private collections around San Diego, this exhibition aims to recognize that the cultural resources of the city are thriving not only within the walls of San Diego museums, but also through the efforts of many committed individuals. With a glimpse into private collections, San Diego Collects showcases the diversity of art the region has to offer. Works by both established and emerg...

kehinde wiley in ‘portraiture through the ages’ at agnew’s gallery, london

3 July 2015
Kehinde Wiley's portrait ‘Archangel Gabriel' goes on display at the historic Agnew's Gallery in London for a group show titled ‘Portraiture Through the Ages'.

Thomas Agnew & Sons was established by Thomas Agnew in Manchester in 1817, and opened its London gallery in 1860, where the firm soon established itself as one of Mayfair's leading dealerships. Since then Agnew's has held a pre-eminent position in the world of Old Ma...

kehinde wiley in ‘hip-hop, du bronx aux rues arabes' at l'institut du monde arabe, paris

28 April 2015
Kehinde Wiley features in a new exhibition at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris which is celebrating hip-hop culture by revealing its journey from the Bronx to the Arab streets. Curated by the rapper from Marseille Akhenaton, the exhibition retraces the history of this unique culture from its beginnings in the United States in the 1970s, through its re-appropriation in France in the 1980s, to its development...

major survey exhibition 'kehinde wiley: a new republic’ at brooklyn museum

20 February 2015
Kehinde Wiley will be the subject of a major survey exhibition, Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, at the Brooklyn Museum. The works presented will raise 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 exhibition includes an overview of the artist's prolific fourteen-year career and feature...

kehinde wiley in ‘open this end’ at nasher museum of art at duke university in durham, north carolina, USA

19 February 2015
An exhibition of both iconic and lesser-known works from some of the most significant and compelling artists of the last 50 years, Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne will trace a number of intertwined narratives in the history of recent art. These narratives include Pop and Conceptual Art, Minimalism, body-oriented performance art, the Pictures Generation, ...

kehinde wiley awarded us state department medal of arts

21 January 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry will present Kehinde Wiley with the US State Department Medal of Arts, in honour of his "substantive commitment to the U.S. State Department's cultural diplomacy outreach through the visual arts".

The biannual award was introduced on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Art in Embassies (AIE), founded by president John F. Kennedy in 1963 at the suggestion of New York's Museum of Modern Art. Former Secretary of ...

screenings of kehinde wiley: an economy of grace

5 August 2014

On 19 February ‘Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace' premiered at the Reel Artists Film Festival in Toronto. Since then the film has been screened at festivals and arts events across America - and there are more screenings to come. The film was also awarded 'best short documentary' at this year's SXSW Festival in Texas, USA.

Kehinde Wiley set out to address the conspicuous lack of black subjects in western European art. He began by painting portraits of...

'kehinde wiley: memling’ travels to taft museum, ohio

11 July 2014
‘Kehinde Wiley: Memling' travels to the Sinton Gallery at Taft Museum in Ohio. Organised by Phoenix Art Museum the exhibition is the latest series by American artist Kehinde Wiley.

The exhibition features eight paintings by Wiley based on the work of Hans Memling (1430-1494), a Flemish master of the Northern Renaissance. Wiley's paintings reinterpret Memling's works, replacing the austere 15th-century figures with the bold, engaging subjects of m...

kehinde wiley teams up with grey goose to make ‘modern kings of culture’ series

25 June 2014
Kehinde Wiley recently teamed up with Grey Goose Vodka to launch their new Le Melon flavor by painting a series of works called Modern Kings of Culture. Each painting was created with Wiley's signature technique of remixing master paintings with a modern eye, playing with ideas of power and privilege by placing urban youths in classical poses. First, filmmaker Spike Lee's portrait was revealed during the launch in New ...

kehinde wiley to receive award at brooklyn artists ball

16 April 2014
On Wednesday 16 April Kehinde Wiley is to receive the Asher B. Durand Award at the Brooklyn Museum Artists Ball. The Brooklyn Museum's most anticipated event of the year celebrates Brooklyn artists and the borough's thriving creative community. This year, Brooklyn Museum will award its highest honour to development visionaries and art patrons Jane and David Walentas, and recognize acclaimed artists Jenny Holzer, Ai Weiwei and gallery artist Kehi...

kehinde wiley in 'aspects of the self: portraits of our times' at center for the arts at virginia tech, USA

21 March 2014
'Aspects of the Self: Portraits of Our Times' featuring gallery artist Kehinde Wiley alongside artists including Andy Warhol, Alex Katz, and Cindy Sherman, traces the evolution of how many of the most prominent artists of our times have presented the self in not only painting and photography, but in 3-D and virtual or internet-based works of art. Spanning more than 40 years, this exhibition tak...

kehinde wiley in 'face to face' at yellowstone art museum, billings, montana

20 March 2014
The Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana is featuring gallery artist Kehinde Wiley in an exhibition celebrating 50 years of extraordinary artistic accomplishment. In celebration of their 50th anniversary, the YAM is proud to feature a major endeavor that integrates regional artists with the international art scene and reinforces the ways in which the local is found in the universal (as well as vice versa). This major...

kehinde wiley in 'fÚtbol: the beautiful game' at los angeles county museum of art

2 February 2014
The exhibition 'Fútbol: The Beautiful Game', featuring Kehinde Wiley's portrait of Samuel Eto'o, examines football - nicknamed "the beautiful game" by one sports commentator -and its signficance in societies around the world. As a subject, football touches on issues of nationalism and identity, globalism and mass spectacle, as well as the common human experience shared by spectators from many cultures. Celebrating th...

kehinde wiley to receive the cultural leadership award from american federation of arts

29 October 2013
Gallery artist Kehinde Wiley is to receive the Cultural Leadership Award by the American Federation of Arts in New York on 29 October.

Each year, the American Federation of Arts presents the Cultural Leadership Award to individuals who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to supporting art and museums, both nationally and internationally. The Cultural Leadership Award is formally presented to the honore...

kehinde wiley in group exhibition on portraiture at katonah museum of art, new york

27 October 2013
Kehinde Wiley's portraits will be amongst works by Pablo Picasso, Cindy Sherman, Chuck Close and others in Eye to I... 3,000 years of Portraits at Katonah Museum of Art in New York.

The Katonah Museum prompts a debate with a provocative and interactive approach to portraiture. Based on the ideas that no two people respond to an artwork the same way, and that any single artwork conveys many meanings, Eye to I explore...

kehinde wiley will be the q&a artist at tate britain

15 October 2013
Kehinde Wiley will be in conversation with Tate Collective to mark his first UK exhibition 'The World Stage: Jamaica' here at Stephen Friedman Gallery.

The talk unpicks themes within Kehinde Wiley's work, focusing on evolving notions of identity and cultural influence, globalisation and youth culture, as well as exploring his practice as a contemporary painter within portraiture and the wider international art scene.

Tate Collective is part of Ci...

kehinde wiley 'world stage: jamaica' brixton party

11 October 2013
Stephen Friedman Gallery put on a special event for artist Kehinde Wiley's 'World Stage: Jamaica' project on Friday 11 October 2013 in Brixton, London to celebrate Wiley's first ever UK solo exhibition. Born in 1977, Wiley has already achieved international recognition for his highly naturalistic paintings of contemporary urban men adopting heroic poses directly referencing classical portraiture. 'The 'World Stage', Wiley's vast and celebrated bod...

kehinde wiley in 'masculine / masculine. the nude man in art from 1800 to the present day' at musee d'orsay, paris

24 September 2013
Kehinde Wiley is to feature in the group exhibition 'Masculine / Masculine. The Nude Man in Art from 1800 to the Present Day' at the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.

While it has been quite natural for the female nude to be regularly exhibited, the male nude has not been accorded the same treatment. It is highly significant that until the show at the Leopold Museum in Vienna in the autumn of 20...

'kehinde wiley, the world stage: israel' at boise art museum, idaho

22 June 2013
Gallery artist Kehinde Wiley continues his World Stage series, centred here on the people and country of Israel.

One of the most significant young artists today, Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977) is known for his vibrant, large-scale paintings of black urban men rendered in the self-confident, empowered poses typical of classical European portrait painting. The World Stage: Israel is part of the artist's series exploring the global ...

kehinde wiley in group exhibition '30 americans' at milwaukee art museum

14 June 2013
Gallery artist Kehinde Wiley features work in a group exhibition 30 Americans at Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin.

30 Americans is an exploration of contemporary American art. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, video, and more made by African American artists since 1970 raise questions of what it means to be a contemporary artist and an African American today. Whether addressing issues of race, gender, sexuality, p...

kehinde wiley solo exhibition 'the world stage: israel' at the contemporary jewish museum, san francisco

26 February 2013
Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977) has turned the art of portraiture into an international cultural performance, reordering connections between art and politics, and between power and class, by creating grand portraits of black urban men from around the world. One of today's most globally-focused artists, he is known for his bold series The World Stage, which simultaneously explores the black di...

kehinde wiley in 'through the eyes of texas: masterworks from alumni collections' at blanton museum of art, texas

24 February 2013
The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin presents Through the Eyes of Texas: Masterworks from Alumni Collections, an exhibition of nearly 200 extraordinary objects from the art collections of University of Texas at Austin alumni across the country. Marking the occasion of the Blanton's fiftieth anniversary, this special survey will include ancient Mayan vessels, t...

kehinde wiley solo exhibition 'memling' at phoenix art museum, arizona

20 February 2013
'Kehinde Wiley: Memling' represents a new series of work by the young American painter at Phoenix Art Museum. These eight portraits take their poses and contexts from the works by the legendary 15th century Flemish master Hans Memling but Wiley has substituted contemporary sitters for the historical figures.

At a time when portraits were still rare, Memling was among the first to paint individuals who were not royalty or member...