|Kehinde Wiley, Kancou Diaovno (2012)|
|Sojourner in front of Princess Victoire of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (2012) |
by Kehinde Wiley
Besides the above, what was great about being in
was being able to visit so many dynamic places. One of those places was the New York . I went there with my mother and aunt. This gallery is featuring the work of Kehinde Wiley. You know how I feel about his work. Sean Kelly Gallery
It was exciting and odd at the same time to view this particular collection because the subjects are all women. Wiley is synonymous for his almost exclusive portrayal of men. True to his signature style, this body of work, entitled Economy of Grace, is over the top and spectacular. It was kind of eerie and neat to see his work in this huge gallery with just four or five people in there. It felt very intimate.Wiley has said he based these paintings on historical portraits by masters like Jacques-Louis David, Thomas Gainsborough, and John Singer Sargent, and that Economy of Grace challenges society’s views of feminine beauty and the place of black women in art history.
“I am painting women in order to come to terms with the depictions of gender within the context of art history. One has to broaden the conversation,” he is quoted as saying.
Kehinde Wiley, Judith and Holofernes