Kehinde Wilde, Can We Be Your Muse? An Economy of Grace.


Last night I skipped out on Cinco de Mayo specials and instead attended the opening of Kehinde Wilde’s first exhibit with The Sean Kelly Gallery, An Economy of Grace. Smart move on my part because it was AH-MA-ZING! Paintings with vibrant floral patterns I loved the floral pattern he painted around the exterior of the paintings, the vibrant color flower she painted around the models. Fabulous!

The exhibition represents a significant departure from Wiley’s previous subject it’s his first-ever series dedicated to female subjects. The models for the paintings were cast on the streets of New York City. Their poses are based on historical portraits of society women by Jacques-Louis David, Thomas Gainsborough and John Singer Sargent, among others.

Wiley collaborated with Riccardo Tisci, Creative Director of Givenchy, to design six unique long dresses for the women. The resulting paintings to be shown in An Economy of Grace are a celebration of black women, creating a rightful place for them within art history, which has to date been an almost exclusively white domain.

In Wiley’s words, “…This series of works attempts to reconcile the presence of black female stereotypes that surrounds their presence and/or absence in art history, and the notions of beauty, spectacle, and the ‘grand’ in painting.”

The Bottom Line: Go see it. You’ll love it! It’s on display until June 16th.


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