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Exhibition Detail
The World Stage: Israel
Curated by: Karen Levitov
1109 Fifth Avenue (at 92nd Street)
New York, NY 10128

March 9th, 2012 - July 29th, 2012
March 9th, 2012 11:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Alios Itzhak , Kehinde WileyKehinde Wiley, Alios Itzhak ,
2011, Oil and enamel on canvas , 96 x 72 in. (243.8 x 182.9 cm)
© Courtesy of the artist & The Jewish Museum
upper east side
Saturday-Tuesday: 11-5:45 Wednesday: CLOSED Thursday: 11-8 Friday: 11-5:45

The New York premiere of contemporary American painter Kehinde Wiley’s The World Stage: Israel showcases Wiley’s vibrant large-scale portraits of Israeli youths from diverse ethnic and religious affiliations, each embedded in a unique background influenced by Jewish ritual objects. Also featured will be a selection of textiles and papercuts from The Jewish Museum’s collection—chosen by the artist—that will provide a dynamic interchange between the contemporary portraits and the traditional Judaica that inspired their decorative backgrounds.

A major new Jewish Museum acquisition is the impetus for the upcoming exhibition: the Museum recently acquired Wiley’s painting, Alios Itzhak (2011), is a nine-foot tall portrait of a young Jewish Ethiopian-Israeli man surrounded by an intricate, decorative background that was inspired by a traditional Jewish papercut in The Jewish Museum’s collection.

One of the most significant young artists working today, Kehinde Wiley is originally from Los Angeles and currently lives and works in Beijing, Dakar and New York.

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