LA///MUST SEE SHOW: KEHINDE WILEY’S “THE WORLD STAGE: BRAZIL” AT ROBERTS & TILTON GALLERY

April 5, 2009  |  art, LA, News

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Unfortunately for the frighteningly stagnant LA art scene most of the great shows of the last few years have been by non-LA artists. Luckily for LA, we get a regular stream of good shows by non-LA artists to keep us happy. The most recent of said exhibitions is by LA-born, but NYC-based painter KEHINDE WILEY whose new collection of figurative masterworks "The World Stage: Brazil" opened this weekend to a packed house at Culver City art hotspot ROBERTS & TILTON GALLERY. Choosing his subjects for this series from the notorious favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Wiley asked each to assume the pose of a local sculptural work on display in the city as a means of interpreting the country's storied colonial history through the images of some of its most vibrant modern inhabitants. The results, as always with KW, were staggering and this new collection of grandiose portraits is exactly the shot in the arm the Southland needs to help kickoff the 2009 gallery season with a fresh breath of colorful optimism. HAVE A LOOK:

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Roberts & Tilton's Lindsay Charlwood with Kehinde Wiley...

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LA fashionista Miguel de la Barracuda gets some lovin from his cousin Alison...

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ST's Jamie O'Shea, the downtown art don Jeffrey Deitch, and New Image Art's Marsea Goldberg...

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