NYC///MUST SEE SHOW: KEHINDE WILEY’S “DOWN” AT DIETCH PROJECTS
Postmodern neoclassical painter KEHINDE WILEY wears his vintage European aesthetic influences on his sleeve, and in "Fallen," Wiley's new show of massive-scale (up to 25 feet!) oil paintings at downtown NYC's DEITCH PROJECTS, his inspiration has never been more literal. Based directly on a wide variety of classical European paintings and sculptures by old masters like Diego Velasquez, Jean-Antoine Houdon, Auguste Falguiere, and Stefano Maderno, the "fallen" heroes of Wiley's new series mimic their source poses almost exactly albeit in the ultramodern context of the urban hip-hop vernacular of urban Manhattan. Wiley's own explanation for the series is really quite simple: "Down is an answer to the negative views of young black men in American society. It recognizes an idiom that can be seen from a distance as a negative form transformed into something more fabulous and joyful." To give Supertouch readers a better insight on Wiley's process, the works from his new series have been presented below alongside their classical source material for closer comparison. HAVE A LOOK:
- 06/26/2013 • STREET ARTIST BAST TAKES ON THE HAMPTONS WITH “SEAFOAM” AT ERIC FIRESTONE GALLERY
- 06/18/2013 • TOMMY HILFIGER ART SURFBOARDS BY RAYMOND PETTIBON, SCOTT CAMPBELL, RICHARD PHILLIPS, LOLA SCHNABEL, & GARY SIMMONS
- 06/17/2013 • STREET LIFE: ON THE WALL WITH SPACE INVADER AT ART BASEL SWITZERLAND
- 06/12/2013 • FIRST LOOK: D*FACE’S “THE NEW WORLD DISORDER” AT STOLEN SPACE, LONDON
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