Friday, April 3, 2009

Kehinde Wiley's "World Stage: Brazil" Exhibit Opening

The World Stage: Brazil exhibition is opening tomorrow at the Roberts & Tilton gallery. The show focuses on residents of Rio de Janerio in Brazil. Shot by photographer Kehinde Wiley the exhibition features heroic images of ordinary people living their lives against the backdrop of urban Brazil. I'm about to hit it tomorrow and report back. Hit me if you wanna cruise.

Kehinde Wiley is a New York based photographer. His portraits are based on photographs of young men who Wiley sees on the street, begun last year with men mostly from Harlem’s 125th Street, the series now includes models from the South Central neighborhood where he was born. Dressed in street clothes, they are asked to assume poses from the paintings of Renaissance masters, such as Titian and Tiepolo. Wiley also embraces French rococo ornamentation; his references to this style compliment his embrace of hip–hop culture. Similarly, the poses of his figures appear to derive as much from contemporary hip–hop culture as from Renaissance paintings.

Kehinde Wiley "World Stage: Brazil" Exhibition. April 4 – May 30, 2009. Opening Reception Saturday, April 4th, 6 – 8pm. ROBERTS & TILTON GALLERY. 5801 Washington Boulevard. Culver City, California 90232. 323.549.0223

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1 comment:

  1. this looks amazing!!! i def wanna go