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The World Stage: Israel

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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
The World Stage: Israel
Curated by: Karen Levitov

1109 Fifth Avenue (at 92nd Street)
New York, NY 10128
March 9th, 2012 - July 29th, 2012
Opening: March 9th, 2012 11:00 AM - 5:45 PM

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http://www.thejewishmuseum.org
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upper east side
EMAIL:  
info@thejm.org
PHONE:  
212-423-3200
OPEN HOURS:  
Thu 11-8; Fri-Tue 11-5:45

DESCRIPTION

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.