'KEHINDE WILEY: A NEW REPUBLIC’ TRAVELS TO TOLEDO MUSEUM, OHIO, USA

10 February 2017
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 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 10 February until 14 May 2017.

Kehinde Wiley at Toledo Museum