Born in 1977 in Los Angeles, Kehinde Wiley lives and works in New York. Examining issues of racial and sexual identity, his works create collisions where art history and street culture come face to face. The artist makes eroticised heroes of the invisible, those traditionally banished from representations of power. His work reinterprets the vocabulary of power and prestige, part politically-charged critique, part an avowed fascination with the luxury and bombast of Western symbols of male domination.
Comeback. Art Historical Renaissance in Contemporary Art - Group show
Art history is making a comeback in the visual arts. Artists not only copy and appropriate paintings from bygone eras, but also respond more freely and playfully to the "mnemic energies" (Aby Warburg) stored in ancient works. More and more frequently, they try to summon up the collective heritage through performative strategies as well as through photographic and cinematic media.
KUNSTHALLE TÜBINGEN, TÜBIGEN, GERMANY
From 20/07/2019 to 10/11/2019
IncarNations, African art as philosphy - Group show
IncarNations is an exhibition designed by South African artist Kendell Geers in dialogue with Congolese collector Sindika Dokolo. An exciting initiative that reflects the diversity of African aesthetic heritage, stripped of any Eurocentric prism and including the influence of diasporas, slave routes, colonialism or independence movements. From the impressive collection of Sindika Dokolo, the productions of African artists resonate with those of the diaspora while contemporary works of art will be presented alongside classical works, finally opening the way to the unveiling of African art, understood as a living philosophical practice.
PALAIS DES BEAUX ARTS, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
From 28/06/2019 to 06/10/2019
"Street Dreams: how hip hop took over fashion" - Group show
In collaboration with the HipHopHuis and guest curator Lee Stuart, the Kunsthal Rotterdam presents an exhibition about hip-hop and its influence on fashion and lifestyle. Streetwear is dictating the speed and aesthetics of the fashion industry and changing how that industry is developing itself.
The exhibition ‘Street Dreams. How Hiphop took over Fashion’ shows the looks, the codes and the creative energy of hip-hop.
KUNSTHAL, ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
From 15/06/2019 to 15/09/2019
Kehinde Wiley at Zeitz MOCCA
American artist Kehinde Wiley is part of the inaugural collection at the newly opened Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa) in Cape Town, the biggest museum in Africa.
Zeitz MOCAA, South Africa
The exhibition will also include a selection from his ongoing World Stage project, which he initiated in 2006 by establishing a satellite studio in Beijing, China. In addition, the exhibition will include portrait busts, stained glass, as well as female portraiture from Wiley’s recent series An Economy of Grace.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic is organized by the Brooklyn Museum. Oklahoma City will be the final stop on the tour that has included Texas, Washington, Virginia, Arizona, and Ohio.