Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977). Wiley has gained acclaim for his heroic portraits which address the image and status of young African-American men and women in contemporary culture. "Wiley's signature portraits of everyday men and women riff on specific paintings by Old Masters, replacing the European aristocrats depicted in those paintings with contemporary black subjects, drawing attention to the absence of African Americans from historical and cultural narratives." Wiley's portrait of Obama is a perfect symbol of his unique and modern presidency.
It would be hard to overstate Michelangelo Antonioni’s influence on postwar cinema, architecture and design, fashion, and literature, even on modern conceptions of the intellectual and the erotic. Antonioni (1912–2007), whose fascination with mediated reality only deepened over time, was a restless experimenter with composition, camera movement, cutting, and storytelling.
Don't miss John Evan's exhibition Time & Place at Gallery Henoch, on view until October 28th, 2017. Evans offers what seem to be requiems for less frantic, more easygoing times. His paintings are poetic and they bring pleasure to be observed. To quote Evans: " I visualize the world as a series of collages made of natural forms and concrete structures. In these paintings, I take apart each image and re-image the part". Enjoy!
Don't miss "A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant- Garde", superb exhibition on view at MoM.A until March 12, 2017. This exhibition examines key developments and new modes of abstraction, including Suprematism and Constructivism, as well as avant-garde poetry, film and photomontage.
Discover the surprising story behind the colorful fabrics long associated with African fashion. The exhibition is on view until January 22, 2017 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Explore how the Dutch company Vlisco became one of the most influential textile brands in West and Central African Fashion.