The Brooklyn Museum is wrapping up its mid-career retrospective of artist Kehinde Wiley — which means 14 years of work and something like 60 paintings.

It’s been drawing a diverse and large crowd, partly because Wiley’s work has been featured on the TV show Empire, and partly because he is a well-known and, in some ways, controversial figure in the art world. Wiley takes contemporary figures — oftentimes young black men and women — and places them in old European art traditions: Oil paintings, portraits, stained glass and even bronze sculpture.

Wiley tells NPR’s Audie Cornish that the first time he stepped into a museum as a child, it was incredibly intimidating. “Great big paintings, history, gilded frames, a sense of power, a sense of majesty,” he says. “It was alienating but it was fabulous at the same time, because I was trying to learn how to paint. And here you had images where people had spent hundreds of years trying to figure out how to coax reality into form, and here it was.”

The Exquisite Dissonance Of Kehinde Wiley

Photo credits: (Top) Katherine Wetzel/Virginia Museum of Fine Arts/Copyright Kehinde Wiley (Left) Jason Wyche/Courtesy of Sean Kelly/Copyright Kehinde Wiley (Right) Courtesy of Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris/Copyright Kehinde Wiley (Bottom) Courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum/Copyright Kehinde Wiley


The subjects in Kehinde Wiley’s paintings often wear #sneakers, hoodies, and baseball caps, and other gear associated with hip-hop culture. #KehindeWiley may be over, but the sneakers most definitely are not. Stay tuned for for our upcoming exhibition, “The Rise of Sneaker Culture” opening July 10!

anonymous asked:

I just love all your Peixes cosplays. Quick question though. Where did you get your meenah glasses?

thank you a lot! ^u^ I bought meenahs glasses secondhand. I sanded down the outer edges so they look more pointy. the little thingies on the top are made out of modeling clay, I super glued them on. then I painted the glasses with acrylic paint (they were blue) and then I added a few coats of clear varnish.

Staff Pick: John La Farge’s “Spring” seamlessly marries Eastern style and composition with a Western-inspired motif. You can see it in the newly renovated American art gallery 111.

Spring,” 1901-2, designed by John La Farge, assembled by Thomas Wright, and painted by Juliette Hanson

anonymous asked:

hello! I'm not sure if you would really know the answer to this, but I thought I'd ask. so I'm cosplaying Terezi for a con, and I have the whole outfit together- except the glasses. I don't have enough money to spend $40 on Etsy, and I can't really find any alternatives. I wear glasses normally, so I was thinking I could just use a red marker and colour it in- but I'm worked about ruining the glasses. what markers do you think I could use that would look good but also not damage the glass?

so first of all you shouldn’t use markers for painting glasses. they normally don’t have the right components to work on glass and they mostly smear and leave a pattern on them. for painting glasses I recommand using glass paint. you can buy it at arts and crafts stores. however you have to consider that glass paint (and markers too) are permanent and your glasses may be ruined afterwards. maybe you want to check out my FAQ. there you can see how I did my terezi glasses and they were super cheap too :)

Gifted glass painter Judson Portzer created this awesome medieval portrait of the internet’s favourite sour-faced kitty, Tard the Grumpy Cat.

Entitled Sir Grumpsalot, this stained glass piece is part of an upcoming group exhibition taking place at the Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment center in Huntsville, Alabama. The Grumpy Cat Art Project is exactly as wonderful as it sounds - it’s all artwork inspired by “The internet’s grumpiest cat.” (Who isn’t actually grumpy at all.)

There will be an online auction on the Lowe Mill website beginning on Monday, May 27, 2013 and end at 9 PM on May 31st. All proceeds from the auction will go to the contributing artists and to constructing a children’s playground at Lowe Mill. After the online auction ends, there will be a public art reception at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment center on May 31st from 6 PM to 9 PM.

Head over to Laughing Squid to preview more delightfully frowny pieces from The Grumpy Cat Art Project.