they say a picture is worth a thousand words.
but, when it comes to the contemporary renaissance–inspired
portraiture of new york based artist, kehinde wiley,
there is no thesaurus in the world that would do his work justice.
drawing on the symbolic power and religious iconography
kehinde places modern black men in very classical poses,
allowing them to assume a role of power, pride and beauty
that they are rarely given in great works of art.
in a society where young black men are routinely depicted
in the media as nothing more than athletes, thugs, and threats,
and who are the furthest thing from what is to be
considered "classical beauty," isn't it empowering to
witness the majesty and grandeur of a kehinde wiley's work,
which illustrates an altogether different type of history?
"art should show you something you have never seen before.art should take the familiar and re–present it in such away that it gives us hope."
wow. wow. WOW.
oil on canvas paintings from the rumors of war exhibition, 2005
photography from the black light exhibition, 2009
i am officially obsessed!!!
watch this video if you are equally enthralled: