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Black Light Hardcover – May 5, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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!
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.
Stephen Borkowski, Chair
Provincetown Art Commission