Here’s an eye-catching new coffee table offering from Rizzoli New York. It’s an eponymous hardcover by New York-based artist Kehinde Wiley.
If you’ve never had the chance to see his work in person, first of all, his works tend to be big. Huge, even. And his trademark pairing of flashy, young hip-hop dudes, portrayed in somewhat unlikely, historic upper-class haughty aristocratic portrait poses, flanked by over-the-top ornate Rococo patterns, is nothing short of attention-grabbing. It sounds so unlikely, yet it works so well. And this clearly isn’t just my own opinion, Kehinde’s work has been shown all around the globe – in solo exhibits, group shows, and as part of the permanent collection at major museums like the Brooklyn Museum.
This is the first monograph of Kehinde Wiley’s work, and it covers the span of his career so far; from his first paintings and photography, through to his latest efforts in bronze sculpture. At 9.5″ x 12.5″ it has more than enough impact to do justice to the artist’s work.