Conversations with Voice of the Arts

Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley

Max Arbes speaks with the New York based artist Kehinde Wiley. His work is immediately recognizable. In one sense, because it consciously mimics the style and the color and the composition of the canonized masters of European portraiture. masters like titian, David, Reynolds, and countless others. but it is also recognizable, because the subjects of his portraits are people we see everyday. Wiley’s portraits are in large measure young African American men he finds in the streets, on their way to work, catching a bus. Wiley takes these young African American men and transposes them into the scenes and settings of classic European portraiture, subsituting them in the place of kings, queens, aristocrats, ladies, and even saints and prophets.

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