artist kehinde wiley receives state department honors
Ahead of his first museum survey, opening at the Brooklyn Museum next month, the LA native received the US State Department Medal of Arts
courtesy of the artist and Roberts & Tilton
Yesterday afternoon, New York-based painter Kehinde Wiley received US State Department Medal of Arts from Secretary of State John Kerry during a ceremony held at the State Department. Wiley's Santos Dumont - The Father of Aviation III will be displayed on temporary exhibition at the U.S. Ambassador's Residence in London as a part of the U.S. State Department's Art in Embassies program.
Wiley's large-scale works often feature African American subjects (some well known, like LL Cool J or Ice T) rendered in the style of high European portraiture, often depicting these subjects in classic religious contexts or among lush rococo ornamentation. Next month, the Brooklyn Museum will present Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, the first museum survey of his work.
Text Emily Manning
Lead image Kehinde Wiley, Santos Dumont – The Father of Aviation III, 2009. Oil on canvas, 7 x 9 ft (2 x 2.7 m). Courtesy of the artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California.