Kehinde Wiley is a famous African-American artist known for painting the official portrait of Barack Obama. And as part of the 2022 edition of the Reiffers Art Initiatives mentorship program, he has decided to support the young French artist Alexandre Diop who will be the subject of an exhibition for Paris+ by Art Basel. Known for his naturalistic portraits of African-American men in heroic poses, Kehinde Wiley mixes classical and pop culture references in his works.
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Kehinde Wiley does not skimp on the formats, the profusion or the theatricality. It is a massive exhibition that the African-American artist, famous for having made the official portrait of Barack Obama in 2018, proposes in the "off" part of the Venice Biennale.
Presented in the semi-darkness of a former monastery, this "Archaeology of Silence" reveals a new body of flamboyantly colored paintings and spectacular bronze sculptures. A procession of bodies of young black men and women, on the ground and with their eyes closed, whose death or sleep cannot be told, as if colonized by a luxuriant vegetation. The exhibition is curated by Christophe Leribault, president of the Musée d'Orsay, who had organized, in 2016, at the Petit Palais, the first exhibition of Kehinde Wiley in France."