Known for his oversize paintings of contemporary African-Americans in heroic poses inspired by the great history and portrait painters of the past, Kehinde Wileys clever and ironic reversals have provided rich commentary on the nature of race and power in our society. His work began primarily from photographs he took of young men on the street in Harlem that he remixed with a fusion of historic painting styles, including elements of the French rococo. As rich visually as it is conceptually, Wileys work has drawn attention since his earliest shows in 2001. In the last decade, he has become one of the most important artists of the moment, with work as relevant and resonant to the hip-hop generation as it is to high-end collectors and major museums.
This volumethe only comprehensive monograph on Wileys workoffers an in-depth understanding of this important artists work. It chronicles both the earliest paintings and photographs and his recent forays into sculpturebust portraits in bronze in the manner of Renaissance artists.