Kehinde Wiley (born 1977) American Artist.
The concept is simple and graceful. Through portraits of young black men in baroque posture, he wants to describe the unity around the world. He started to criss-crossing the world since 2006 as part of his “The World Stage” project: organizing street castings where he is, with people he has actually met in the streets of every city. He first asks them if they want to participate in the project, then asks them to come in studio for photo session. During the session, he takes position references in a Louvre book of historical portraits, and tries to catch the altar of subjects to reproduce those on the Youngs models, giving them the pace of kings.
I discovered his work at the Galerie Daniel Templon (Paris) where he is exhibiting until December 22, 2012. Just go and see his work!
About The World Stage: France 1880-1960
Kehinde Wiley sees himself a contemporary descendent of a long line of portraitists, from Titian to Gainsborough and Van Dyck to Ingres. He offers reinterpretations of traditional vocabulary of power and prestige in the hyperbolic settings he creates for his charismatic “boys”.
For this Paris exhibition (at Galerie Templon), Wiley set off to seek out African cultures and the colonial history of France in Africa as he explored Morocco, Tunisia, Gabon, Republic of Congo and Cameroon.