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Part 1 of 2 of installation photographs from the Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. Photographs by Blair Prentice (iheartmyart)

Exhibition, Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic at the Brooklyn Museum, February 20–May 24, 2015

See Part 2 of the photographs from the exhibition here.

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The exhibition, Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, collects over sixty paintings and sculptures by the artist of African American men and women that use the artistic conventions of traditional European portraiture. 

Wiley endeavors to rewrite the history of art by coopting the styles typically relegated for the dominantly white elite and infusing it with the oppressed. 

His work is an expression of an age where black urban culture has been looked to, in art and music, as the source for inspiration. Wiley interestingly turns that process on a head by reversing this process and instead coopts their style of the elite to reframe our perception of black male and female figures and the role they play in our history. 

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Installation photographs by Blair Prentice (iheartmyart)


Kehinde Wiley’s website.

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