30 May 2012

Kehinde Wiley | The World Stage: Israel

Kehinde Wiley is an artist known for his vibrant, large-scale paintings of young men positioned in the confident poses that were typical of the classical European portraits. The artworks shown in this The World Stage: Israel collection were based on photographs of men of diverse religions and ethnicities living in Israel.

In an interview for The Jewish Museum, Wiley explains:
"One of the interesting features of Israeli society, is that there are so many aspects to the diaspora... I think there is a strong correlation between being on the margins of society as a person of colour in America, and that which we see on the streets of Israel... I was in one of the nightclubs in Tel Aviv. The type of music that was celebrated was around hip-hop but it was also around reggae as well. You saw young white Israelis with dreadlocks down their backs fraternizing with Arab-Israelis and Ethiopian-Jews all in the same room... something I don't necessarily see when I turn on the television every day..."

The exhibition is open from March 9th, 2012 - July 29th, 2012 at The Jewish Museum.

Also check out:
Njideka Akunyili | A Nigerian artist who explores her love for Western culture.

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