Kehinde Wiley normally paints sumptuous portraits of people of color in heroic poses drawn from classical portraiture. The popular New York artist has an upcoming solo show at the Brooklyn Museum called A New Republic which will present 60 paintings and sculptures from the past 14 years. We're really excited for the exhibit and were pleased to see some synergy between New York Fashion Week and Wiley.
Wiley finds most of his models on the street, casting everyday people into iconic moments. Of these photographs, the artist says: “I wanted beautiful women. I knew that I wanted to cast a broad net and not go within the fashion-world-model look. I wanted women who had a sense of self-possession and a kind of haughtiness that you can just pick up on.”
Check out the full set over on the Cut or in print in the current issue of New York Magazine.
h/t New York Mag
Model: Ena Johnson | Photo: Kehinde Wiley
Dress by Giorgio Armani, available at 760 Madison Ave.; 212-988-9191.
Model: Khalidiah Asante | Photo: Kehinde Wiley
—The ArtSlant Team