'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 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.

The exhibition has travelled 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 7 October 2016 until 8 January 2017.

Kehinde Wiley at Phoenix Art Museum.