Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic
Filled with reproductions of Kehinde Wiley's bold, colorful, and monumental work, this catalogue encompasses the artist's various series of paintings and sculptures, which boldly explore ideas of race, power, and tradition. Celebrated for his classically styled paintings that depict African American men in heroic poses, Kehinde Wiley is among the expanding ranks of prominent black artists who are reworking art history and questioning its depictions of people of color. This volume surveys Wiley's career from 2001 to the present and includes early portraits of the men Wiley observed on Harlem's streets. These works laid the foundation for his acclaimed reworkings of Old Master paintings by Titian, van Dyck, Manet, and others, in which he replaces the historical subjects with young African American men in contemporary attire: puffy jackets, sneakers, hoodies, and baseball caps. Also included is a generous selection from Wiley's ongoing World Stage project, several of his enormous Down paintings, striking male portrait busts in bronze, and examples from the artist's new series of stained glass windows. Accompanying the illustrations are essays that introduce readers to the arc of Wiley's career, its critical reception, and ongoing evolution.