Three Graces
Kehinde Wiley
Three Graces
Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977): Three Graces, 2005. Oil and enamel on canvas, 182.9 x 423.8 cm (72 x 96 inches). Hort Family Collection, courtesy Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, California, USA. © Kehinde Wiley. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.



'Kehinde Wiley’s portraits of African American men collate modern culture with the influence of Old Masters. Incorporating a range of vernaculars culled from art historical references, Wiley’s work melds a fluid concept of modern culture, ranging from French Rococo to today’s urban landscape. By collapsing history and style into a unique contemporary vision, Wiley interrogates the notion of master painter, “making it at once critical and complicit." Vividly colorful and often adorned with ornate gilded frames, Wiley’s large-scale figurative paintings, which are illuminated with a barrage of baroque or rococo decorative patterns, posit young black men, fashioned in urban attire, within the field of power reminiscent of Renaissance artists such as Tiepolo and Titian.' (© National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.)

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'His first museum retrospective opens at the Brooklyn Museum on Feb. 20, before traveling to museums in Fort Worth, Seattle and Richmond, Va. In January, he was summoned to Washington to receive a Medal of Arts from the State Department.

... A Wiley painting is easy to recognize. More often than not, it shows a solitary figure, an attractive man in his 20s, enacting a scene from an old-master painting.' (Deborah Solomon, © The New York Times Company)

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