Kehinde Wiley Paints His Colleagues

For his latest exhibition, Trickster, at the Sean Kelly gallery in New York, Wiley painted his artist contemporaries, from Mickalene Thomas to Rashid Johnson and Sanford Biggers (pictured). Wiley often references Old Masters paintings for the pose of the figure. Wiley’s paintings often blur the boundaries between traditional and contemporary modes of representation. Wiley creates a fusion of period styles, ranging from French Rococo, Islamic architecture and West African textile design to urban hip hop and the “Sea Foam Green” of a Martha Stewart Interiors color swatch.

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