Kehinde Wiley

What the Racist, Homophobic Kehinde Wiley Backlash Is Really About

Kehinde Wiley’s retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum is New York’s must-see art show of the spring. I saw it opening weekend; every weekend since then, my social media feeds have been full of my friends choosing different Wiley paintings to Instagram or tweet. Meanwhile, his works adorn the Lyon’s family mantlepieces in the hit show Empire. … Read More

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Santigold’s New Album Cover Features Work by Kehinde Wiley

While Santigold’s long-awaited sophomore album Master of My Make-Believe isn’t due out until May 1st, thanks to the T Magazine blog, we’re already getting a look at the LP’s impressive cover art. “Most of the songs are about being in control of your world,” she recently told Pitchfork. “That was a really important message for me as an artist in this process, but also in the world right now. We’re in a weird place. There are so many riots and rebellions going on. It seems like a truth is coming out.”

To create the impactful cover image photographer Jason Schmidt shot Santi three different ways; we see her as a pair of Bond girl-inspired attendants wearing custom Alexander Wang bodysuits, an 18th-century army officer in a portrait by New York-based painter Kehinde Wiley (which is, rather shockingly, his first featuring a woman), and a mafia Don who would give Corleone a run for his money. Click through get a better look at the finished product, as well as a behind-the-scenes video of Schmidt’s process. … Read More

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Limited-Edition Beach Towels for Contemporary Art Lovers

When a range of limited-edition towels from the Art Production Fund first debuted at Art Basel Miami back in 2006, everyone was clamoring to get their hands on one of the eye-catching designs. Since then, terry cloth artworks by the likes of Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, Marilyn Minter, and Alex Katz have all sold out, but lucky for you, new editions have been added to the collection each year, and some of them are still up for grabs. Click through to pick out your favorite (we’re partial to Elizabeth Peyton’s charcoal rendering of Sid Vicious), and remember when you’re eying the rather spendy price tag — proceeds go to support public art projects. … Read More

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Michael Jackson: Remembering the King of Pop with Art

Long before and since his death on June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson, the self-styled “King of Pop,” was a muse to a wide group of contemporary artists — ranging from Andy Warhol, who was dubbed the “Pope of Pop Art,” and his neo-pop art protégés, Jeff Koons and David LaChapelle, to the hip-hop championing Kehinde Wiley and celebrated street artist KAWS. Now, nearly two years after his untimely death at age 50, Flavorpill pays tribute to the award winning singer/songwriters life through the works of art he inspired. … Read More

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Kehinde Wiley Asks: ‘What Does an Israeli Even Look Like?’

Following projects in China, Brazil, Africa, and India, artist extraordinaire Kehinde Wiley takes his “hip-hop meets Old Masters” style on the road again to present The World Stage: Israel at Roberts & Tilton, where the show of 15 paintings on canvas and paper opened on Saturday and remains on view through May 28. Wiley and his scouts found young, handsome European and Ethiopian Jews and Arab Israelis at malls, bars, nightclubs, and sporting events in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and had them to pose for photographs that were later transformed into hyperrealistic paintings of optimistic youth in a conflicted country. … Read More

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New York City Taxis Get an Arty Makeover

Exciting news for New Yorkers and non-New Yorkers who will be riding in an NYC cab anytime soon: For the second year running, John Amato, president of Show Media (a company which sells the ad space on many of the city’s taxis), is donating 500 spots to showcase artwork — specifically pieces by Chuck Close… Read More

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10 African-American Artists You Should Know

Yesterday The Root published its second annual list of 100 leaders in the African American community between the ages of 25 and 45. The website believes these to be individuals who are “impactful, creative, iconoclastic, innovative, committed to community.” While the list includes many politicians and life-long volunteers, as well as better-known artists such as Wyclef Jean and Nick Cannon, we’ve chosen to look at 10 artists who made the list and who, in The Root’s words, are not yet “household brands.” Click through for a look, and tell us who you think will be breaking through in the near future. … Read More

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Flavorpill’s 10 Must-See Art Shows for Fall

In previewing the fresh art season, one thing became increasingly clear — the galleries and museums of our major coastal cities no longer have the monopoly on important, innovative, powerful, and engaging art. Despite economic fears, if this September is anything to go by, the audiences for established and emerging voices working in media from oil pigment to futuristic genres are hungrier than ever. Here are ten of the fall’s most intriguing exhibitions, opening in New York, LA, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, DC, and Cleveland. … Read More

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Flavorpill at Art Basel Miami Beach: Days 4, 5, and 6

It was still hot and humid on Friday so we began the day with the Nada Art Fair at the Deauville, a sprawling, shabby-chic hotel that hosted the fair in the lobby and two ballrooms. The Richelieu room featured galleries with solo exhibitions, which were far better than what was on view in the group show hangings in the Napoleon room. Highlights included Brendan Fowler’s canceled concert posters in fractured frames at Rental; Patrick Jackson’s stacked sculptures of kitsch objects at Francois Ghebally Gallery; and Scott Hug’s pie chart pieces at John Connelly Presents. We ran into Kavi Gupta in the lobby and he invited us to an impromptu celebration at the hotel’s Tiki Bar so we stopped looking at art long enough to enjoy a Mojito by the… Read More

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Photo Gallery: Summer Art Gatherings With DJ Spooky, Yinka Shonibare, Ryan McGinness, & More!

One might think that after the Venice Biennale opened, Art Basel came and went, and the Athens Biennial added more to consider, the art world would be ready for a summer break, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. After returning from Europe, New York has offered one art event after the next.

Our first outing back was Ryan McGinness’ Practice Party, a precursor to his upcoming round of 50 Parties, an art project in the shape of fun. Held in his studio and on his rooftop — under a gorgeous sky — it was populated by a select crowd, which made conversation comfortable and making new friends easier than… Read More

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