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.
Kehinde Wiley: The Yellow Wallpaper, Solo show
Kehinde Wiley’s upcoming show Kehinde Wiley: The Yellow Wallpaper at the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, north east London, is the first solo exhibition of new work shown by Wiley at a public institution in the UK. It will be also the first Wiley’s exhibition to feature exclusively female portraits: Wiley’s striking subjects are women the artist encountered on the streets of Dalston, east London.
William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, UK
From February 22 to May 25, 2020
Kehinde Wiley’s appointment as Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
On the occasion of the opening celebration for Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley at the Brooklyn Museum, NY, Kehinde Wiley will be the protagonist of an intimate ceremony where he will be presented with the insignia of Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Brooklyn Museum, New York, US
Wednesday 12 February 2020
Photo © Tony Powell
Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley– Solo show
Kehinde Wiley’s triumphant Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps (2005), a hallmark of the collection of the Brooklyn Museum, comes face to face with the nineteenth-century painting on which it is based: Jacques-Louis David’s Bonaparte Crossing the Alps (1800–1). Seen together, the works by David and Wiley reveal how race, masculinity, power, and representation layer onto portraiture and shape the writing of history.
Brooklyn Museum, New York, United States
January 24–May 10, 2020
Rumors of War – Public art
Kehinde Wiley’s sculpture Rumors of War was permanently installed on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 in Richmond, Virginia’s capital city . The statue dominates the square in front of the Virgina Museum of Fine Arts, not far from one of the country’s most prominent displays of Confederate monuments.
VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, US
From 10 December, 2019
Icons: Worship and Adoration / 30 Americans / Afrocosmologies: American Reflections – Group show
Kehinde Wiley is currently taking part in three group exhibitions in different parts of the world. In the United States with American Reflections at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut ; 30 Americans at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia; and in Germany with Icons - Worship and Adoration at the Kunsthalle in Bremen.
Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, Germany
October 19, 2019 - March 1, 2020
Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, USA
From October 27, 2019 – January 12, 2020
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, USA
From October 19, 2019 – January 20, 2020
Kehinde Wiley rencontre Jacques Louis David - Solo show
Malmaison Castle and the Brooklyn Museum announce a co curated exhibition of the First Consul crossing the Alps at the Great Saint Bernard Pass, Napoleon's famous representation of Napoleon painted by Jacques-Louis David in 1800, and his contemporary reinterpretation by the American artist Kehinde Wiley.
MUSEE NATIONAL DU CHÂTEAU DE MALMAISON, RUEIL-MALMAISON, FRANCE
From 09/10/2019 to 06/01/2020
Rumors of War – Kehinde Wiley's installation
Late September, Kehinde Wiley has unveiled a bronze sculpture of an African American man riding a horse in the center of Times Square at Broadway Plaza . Titled Rumors of War, the statue references controversial Confederate War monuments that still stand in Richmond, Virginia, over a century after they were erected.
TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK, USA
September 27 – December 1, 2019
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.