It’s a great traveling exhibition. The art is very unique; taking old, classical art pieces and putting his own culture and spin on the idea. Each one of the art pieces(except for Michael Jackson) was anonymous. Each model was picked randomly off the streets of Harlem. What they wore, what classical art piece they were posing as, and what expression was on their face. Wiley later went to Brazil and did the same thing.
The middle piece of Michael Jackson has a story behind it. Jackson saw his work and called him to see if he can be in one of them. At first Wiley thought it was a prank call and hung up. After the whole mix up was fixed, he started work. Sadly, Jackson passed away before Wiley completed it.
“In this beautifully paced show, hung by the Whitney curator Barbara Haskell, Davis’s earlier phases prove most absorbing. They detail stages of a personal ambition in step with large ideals.” — The New Yorker’s Peter Schjeldahl on Stuart Davis: In Full Swing
At the RA (37) Weeping for the Great War (and deteriorating eyesight)
The exhibition ‘Painting the Modern Garden, Monet to Matisse’ moved from Cleveland to London. Some highlights recently seen in London at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Claude Monet: - Nymphéas avec rameaux de saule (Water Lillies with Weeping Willows), 1916-19. Oil on canvas, 160 x 180 cm. Lycée Claude Monet, Paris - Saule pleurier (Weeping Willow), 1918. Oil on canvas, 131,1 x 110,3 cm. Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio - Saule pleurier (Weeping Willow), 1918-19. Oil on canvas, 99,7 x 120 cm. Kimball Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas