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Art: Painting & Drawing

Kehinde Wiley: The World Stage: Israel


Feb 14, 2013 – May 27, 2013




Contemporary Jewish Museum

736 Mission St



$10 - 12 / FREE members and youth 18 and under

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An L.A. kid born and raised, Kehinde Wiley has taken the study of swagger to time-traveling, cross-cultural heights. Inspired by the patriarchs of portraiture — Joshua Reynolds, John Constable and co. — whose works lined the galleries of L.A.'s Huntington Library, Wiley's large-scale paintings serve as naturalistic documentation of 21st-century alpha males and the lurid, splashy world in which we all live. Wiley's current exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, The World Stage: Israel, showcases men of every possible Israeli iteration against the backdrop of eye-catching abstractions culled from traditional Jewish designs found on legal and religious documents.

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Contemporary Jewish Museum says…

Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977) has turned the art of portraiture into an international cultural performance, reordering connections between art and politics, and between power and class, by creating grand portraits of black urban men from around the world. One of today’s most globally-focused artists, he is known for his bold series The World Stage, which simultaneously explores the black diaspora and the international phenomenon of urban youth culture in which his models find their identity.