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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576874869
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576874868
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 12.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,435,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kehinde Wiley received his MFA from Yale University in 2001. Shortly after, he became an artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem. He is represented by Deitch Projects, New York, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, and Roberts and Tilton, Los Angeles. His work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Brooklyn Museum, New York, the Miami Art Museum, Miami, and the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Larry G. Wachsmuth on January 10, 2010
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This book is a must have for anyone interested in Kehinde Wiley's oeuvre. The format of the book is generous in every way. The over-sized format (31 cm x 38.5 cm) allows his artwork and subjects to shine. There is plenty of blank (albeit black) space between illustrations so that each image can be properly contemplated. Printed in China, the quality of the printing, in my opinion, rivals German presses. Every minute detail of this book has been well thought out. To be appreciated, the book has to be held and perused.

Wiley's work caught my eye immediately. I tend to follow artists' work that is highly personal, individual and unique, examples are Cy Twombly and Francis Bacon. Wiley's work is probably just as inaccessible to the average viewer as Twombly's and Bacon's, and just as spectacular. His work is for the curious and courageous, not for the faint of heart. The youth and energy of this artist is evident in every page of this book. The previous reviewer, Grady Harp, delivers a spot-on description of the artwork and the background of the artist. If you like this artist's work, you must buy this book!
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Kehinde Wiley is an African American artist whose childhood in the notoriously gang and crime ridden South Central Los Angeles served as the stimulus for his investigating the world through art, a journey that has taken him to studies at Yale University and on to his current home base in New York City. With the artistic progress of Kehinde Wiley comes a profound respect for the grand portraiture of the past, the portraits of famous, powerful and wealthy men painted by the likes of Gainsborough, Titian, Reynolds, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Holbein, Eakins and others. Wiley's obsession, so obvious in his majestic paintings, is to bring that same degree of dignity to the neglected African American male, placing his own heritage on the degree of celebration that has been history's realm of the White Man.

Wiley's father returned to his native Africa before the birth of his son, and the need to find his identity resulted in his traveling to Africa at age twenty to finally meet his father, to define his roots. This transforming moment resulted in Wiley's beginning to concentrate on portraiture, not only as a means of understanding his father but also as a process of learning how to reproduce the intimacy that the face and body stance communicates. Once Kehinde Wiley gained recognition and honor for his portraits of the African American male, often responding to the famous portraits of history by substituting Black men in the poses of those portraits, his attention expanded to his current and ongoing project The World Stage in which he travels to Africa, China, and Brazil and other countries where he elevates the pictorial role of men of color to the same level of dignity once the constricting arena of history's White Man.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter P. Fuchs on February 4, 2011
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This is a continually surprising and excellent artist! Each picture is strong in its own way. But to update Ingres' famous Virgin with Host, and not look preposterous or silly, just almost dead-pan knowing and profound is one for the art history books. An artistic knock-out, in the best sense.

I agree with the other reviewer that the quality of the art - printing and the paper is very notable. However, the printing of the rather coy introduction in neon color is too precious. And to introduce the lamentably multi-valent statement "You don't know me" amidst this formidable art is not worthy. But the book is about the fine reproductions which, all the same are only helped by the top-flight glossiness of the paper and prints. The total effect is very striking.
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Mr. Wileys work has never failed to move me and it's importance in the canon of American Art cannot be overlooked. I continue to be surprised by the range, depth and diversity as he moves to different international arenas and explores figurative themes through his imagery. He truly ranks as our greatest history painter working today, I am eager to watch this young artist's career unfold and continue its trajectory upward.

Stephen Borkowski, Chair
Provincetown Art Commission
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