Kehinde Wiley: The World Stage - India and Sri Lanka

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By Kehinde Wiley
Text by Gayatri Sinha. Interview by Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky)

Brooklyn-based painter Kehinde Wiley's acclaimed World Stage series inserts into the language of old master portraiture the very ethnicities and ethnic iconography that Western art has most excluded from it, or that Western art has portrayed solely in colonial terms. Among the countries and continents the American artist--currently the subject of a major exhibition traveling to Brooklyn, Fort Worth, Toledo, Seattle and Richmond--has previously depicted in this ambitious epic are Brazil, Jamaica, Haiti, Africa, China, France, and Israel. As technically impressive as they are conceptually complex, Wiley's portraits feature young black men in classic heroic poses, destabilizing canonical ideas of white masculinity and power.

This volume includes a selection of new World Stage portraits, focusing on India (specifically the cities of New Delhi and Mumbai) and Sri Lanka.

Text is in English and Hindi.

Hardcover with jacket, 48 pages

Dimensions: 8.75 x 11.25 x 0.3 inches