“Kyle Meyer has worked between eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) and New York City since 2009, creating richly tactile artworks as conceptually layered and complicated as they are visually lush and intricate. Portraits from his Interwoven series reflect an interest in infusing digital photography with traditional Swazi crafts and in giving voice to silenced members of the LGBT community, who are marginalized in eSwatini. Tension between the necessity of the individuals to hide their queerness for basic survival and their desire to express themselves openly inform both the subject and the means of fabricating Meyer’s unique works. Each piece from the Interwoven series is labor intensive, taking days or sometimes weeks to complete. Meyer photographs his subject wearing a head wrap traditionally worn by women using a vibrantly colored textile selected by each man. He then produces a large-scale print of the portrait and hand-shreds the photograph together with the fabric from the head wrap, weaving the strips into a complexly patterned, three-dimensional work. With the final portrait, Meyer presents each man’s individuality and beauty while using the fabric as a screen to protect his identity.” Press Release Yossi Milo Gallery
"This magic force of how the Mastaba reacts to the sun and the light is always in some ways strange to the landscape and in some ways extremely attractive to the landscape," Christo
"I like what's real. I love the heat and air, wet and cold. I'm not very interested in the clinical space of the gallery," Christo
"I am not a painter, a sculptor, nor an architect. I try to mix things. I'm talking to people who have not the slightest idea what art is, who are not interested in art. I enjoy that adventure," Christo
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.
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.