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Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic

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Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic

Wiley’s signature portraits of everyday men and women riff on specific paintings by Old Masters, replacing the European aristocrats depicted in those paintings with contemporary black subjects, drawing attention to the absence of African Americans from historical and cultural narratives.  

This companion book to a show at Brooklyn Museum surveys Wiley's career from 2001 to the present. It includes early portraits of the men Wiley observed on Harlem's streets, and which laid the foundation for his acclaimed reworkings of Old Master paintings by Titian, van Dyke, Manet and others, in which he replaces 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.

  • Author: Eugenie Tsai, Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Date published: February 2015
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-3791354309
  • Product Dimensions: 31.0 x 24.8 cm