Kehinde Wiley this week: talk @ Getty + new solo @ Roberts & Tilton…

We’ve been looking forward to this one for a while. We first posted on this a month back, but wanted to post a reminder, along with a lil’ more info on the show that opens this Saturday / ‘The World Stage’ series as a whole. Not to mention some info on Wiley’s signing this Thur at The Getty Museum and a nice video shot around ‘The World Stage: Africa’ for a lil’ further insight to this incredible talent.

Roberts & Tilton is pleased to announce ‘The World Stage: Brazil’, the latest offering of Kehinde Wiley’s ambitious ‘World Stage’ series. Through Wiley’s extensive investigative exchange, the artist’s contemporary yet historical oeuvre accentuates international cultures and their denizens, evoking discourse on an ever-expanding examination of globalization.
During Wiley’s residency in Rio de Janeiro, Afro-Brazilian men became the impetus for the majestic paintings, inspired by the iconic nationalistic sculptures that line the city streets and anchor its parks. Statesmen, noblemen, and the elite of Brazil are erased from their perches; the young black and brown men from present-day favelas are aggrandized. In tandem with the homoerotic undertone, Wiley further challenges the realm of the conventional male gaze. The viewer is forced to confront notions of the inherent colonial influence, exoticism and festishization.

Though weaving in the history of Western portraiture, the Brazilian essence radiates from Wiley’s new body of work. Oversized, tropical flowers bursting in bloom, appropriated from brightly hued indigenous textiles, encompass the spirit and culture of Brazil. Set against a storied backdrop of Brazilian iconography, the male subjects pose in their own clothing, reflecting a reverence for American conspicuous consumption. Past segments of ‘The World Stage’ include Africa (image from that series above) and China. This is Wiley’s third solo exhibition with Roberts & Tilton. Previously, Wiley has had solo museum exhibitions at The Brooklyn Museum of Art (Brooklyn, New York), the Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, Ohio) the Portland Art Museum (Portland, Oregon) and most recently The Studio Museum in Harlem (New York, New York). He has also been included in exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, (Los Angeles, California), the Rubell Family Collection, (Miami, Florida), the National Portrait Gallery (Washington, D.C.), and the Whitney Museum (New York, New York).

Kehinde Wiley on His Art and Its Influences
Date: Thursday, April 2, 2009Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required. Call (310) 440-7300

Please note: due to high demand, people without reservations or those arriving later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the program may be seated in a second auditorium to view the program on video simulcast.

The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles – approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for maps and driving directions.
Below is a great video on ‘The World Stage: Africa’ collection and how it came together, please take a moment to check it out.

The World Stage: Brazil – opens Sat, April 4th (6–8pm)
April 4th – May 30th
Tuesdays–Saturdays (11am–6pm)
Roberts & Tilton Gallery (5801 Washington Blvd)

Get ready… Kehinde Wiley is coming back to LA this April

‘The World Stage: Brazil’
Opening Reception: Sat., April 4th, 6 – 8pm

Roberts & Tilton is pleased to announce ‘The World Stage: Brazil’, the most recent chapter of Kehinde Wiley’s ambitious ‘World Stage’ series.

On view through May 30th

A 64-page hardcover book of the exhibition, published by Roberts & Tilton and the Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will be available through D.A.P. in Summer 2009.

Kehinde Wiley will speak about his work on Thurs, April 2nd at 7pm at the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center, Los Angeles. Mark your calendar for that now.

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Art LA opening night action….

Last night was the opening night gala for Art LA @ The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica and the art lovers of Los Angeles were out in force. Heard from a few the turnout was far stronger than the opening night for the Los Angeles Art Show at the Convention Center that kicked off on Wednesday. We’ll be swinging through there tomorrow, as we were busy on the night of the opening gala, so look for shots and a short report from that in the next day or two…

Mark Ryden @ Michael Kohn Gallery (Los Angeles, CA) – a cool $125K!!!

Mark Ryden @ Michael Kohn Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)

Mark Ryden @ Michael Kohn Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)

Follow instructions with care…

Kehinde Wiley @ Roberts & Tilton (Culver City, CA)

John Parot @ Western Exhibitions (Chicago, IL)

Tim Hawkinson @ Ace Gallery (sort of a lil’ mini-solo on view from Hawkinson)…

Tim Hawkinson @ Ace Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)

Tim Hawkinson @ Ace Gallery (great array of works from Hawkinson on view)…

Didn’t catch the name of this artist, but loved this lil’ sculptural installation….

Peter Saul @ Patrick Painter (Los Angeles, CA)

Above, the official “WTF?!?!?!” piece of the fair… basically a cuff from a blouse nailed to the wall.

One of the fair’s highlights was getting to view a nice chunk of original works from the one and only Kenny Schraf at the booth for Honor Fraser (Culver City, CA)

Kenny Schraf @ Honor Fraser (Culver City, CA)

Kenny Schraf @ Honor Fraser (Culver City, CA)

Gonzalo Lebrija @ I-20 Gallery (New York, NY)

Crowd shot from opening night…

The unofficial motto of all art fairs…
Art LA
Fri & Sat 11-7PM + Sun 12-6PM
$15 one-day pass / $25 three-day pass