New York–based artist Kehinde Wiley rose to fame creating portraits of men, starting exclusively with African Americans and following with men from China, Dakar, Lagos, Brazil, India, Sri Lanka and Israel. Now, Wiley turns to African American women in his new body of work, An Economy of Grace, while continuing his explorations of patronage and art history. In this world-premiere screening, director Jeff Dupre documents the process as Wiley finds models in passersby in New York City, contextualizing them in poses based on those typical of 18th- and 19th-century paintings, and partnering with fashion house Givenchy to create haute-couture gowns for the portraits. Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace is a captivating exploration of fashion and culture.
February 19, 2014 at the Reel Artists Film Festival
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