Kehinde Wiley

1977 · United States

Artist biography

Kehinde Wiley is seen as an established mid-career artist, who originates from the United States, like other well-known artists such as Tracey Snelling, Peter Flaccus, Michael Crouser, Sheldon Greenberg, and Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.. Kehinde Wiley was born in 1977.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Several galleries around the world represent and exhibit Kehinde Wiley's work, including galleries in countries such as the United Kingdom, Belgium, and the United States. The galleries exhibiting Kehinde Wiley's work include Stephen Friedman Gallery | 25 - 28 Old Burlington Street in the United Kingdom, Galerie Templon | Brussels in Belgium, as well as Galerie Templon | Paris in France. Kehinde Wiley's work are currently exhibiting at Galerie Nathalie Obadia | Brussels in Belgium with the exhibition Portraits, from the 17th to the 21st century (13 March 2020 - 02 May 2020). Kehinde Wiley's work has also been exhibited during the Tahiti exhibition at Galerie Templon | Paris in France (17 May 2019 - 19 July 2019).

Kehinde Wiley in private collections

Jimenez -Colon Collection and Robert Mollers Collection feature Kehinde Wiley's works on Artland. They also include works by prominent figures such as Won Sou-Yeol, Michele Gabriele, and Tora Aghabayova.

Historical Context of United States

The US, especially New York city, remains as a central point that has played a substantial role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The idea of New York as a new multinational and highly powerful art hub appeared in the post war era, and the city thrived in affirming its dominance over Paris, which used to be considered as the most powerful international art capital. The predominance of the political and economic structures of the United States in the modern sphere has provided the country with a prevailing influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are influential art movements that flourished in the United States. These very movements also reverberated into a multitude of variations, such as alternative forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast variants of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally acclaimed U.S artists of the contemporary period age include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Kehinde Wiley

Born in 1977, Kehinde Wiley's creative work was primarily influenced by the 1990s. In the United Kingdom, a collective of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, connected generally by their age and nationality. A number of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most famous member of the group is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs garnered a controversial reputation image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and enterprising. The group was predominant in the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a central idea in the 1990s. Works by artists such as Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as significant artists who worked to this outline. The rise of consumerism and advertising that took place in the 1980s influenced a trend in Japan that developed into the art form of manga, which was visually influenced by trends in advertising and graphic design. Takashi Murakami arose as a prominent figure in the art world, coining the term ‘Superflat’ to describe a theory inspired by the aesthetic characteristics of manga and the nature of post-war Japanese culture. Murakami went on to found the influential Kaikai Kiki group, which was inspired by his experiences living in New York City in the mid-1990s. The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the decade, the divisive, hyper-realistic sculptures of Maurizio Cattelan and the sensitive, conceptual work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres epitomised the atmosphere of the era. German artists and ideas heavily influenced trends in conceptual photography during this period. German artists such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans gained international recognition, and inspired international artists such as the Canadian Jeff Wall, who created images with a cinematic expressiveness that were inspired by the themes represented in the German artists’ work. At the same time, Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger gained influential status in the field of painting.

Kehinde Wiley

  • Artworks in Collections 2
  • Exhibitions 5

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