Kehinde Wiley exhibit Economy of Grace is on display at the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York until June 16, 2012. His subject matter is African-American women.
In Wiley’s words, “The phrase ‘an economy of grace’ speaks directly to the ways in which we manufacture and value grace and honor, the people that we choose to bestow that honor upon, and the ways in which grace is at once an ideal that we strive for and something that is considered to be a natural human right. I am painting women in order to come to terms with the depictions of gender within the context of art history. One has to broaden the conversation…This series of works attempts to reconcile the presence of black female stereotypes that surrounds their presence and/or absence in art history, and the notions of beauty, spectacle, and the ‘grand’ in painting.”
A documentary film project about Economy of Grace is also underway, that will give insight about the project.
If you are in NY, check it out. www.skny.com
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