Kehinde Wiley / The World Stage: Israel @ Jewish Museum of New York

Juxtapoz // Friday, 16 Sep 2011

After the NY Times published an article this morning about the Jewish Museum of New York acquiring a piece of Kehinde Wiley's The World Stage: Israel series, we also learned that Wiley will be showing his Israel series at the museum in early 2012. Wiley's work was featured on our cover in January 2010.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is the piece above, “Alios Itzhak,” that stands at 9.5 feet tall.

The Jewish Museum released this information:

The New York premiere of contemporary American painter Kehinde Wiley’s The World Stage: Israel showcases Wiley’s vibrant large-scale portraits of Israeli youths from diverse ethnic and religious affiliations, each embedded in a unique background influenced by Jewish ritual objects. Also featured will be a selection of textiles and papercuts from The Jewish Museum’s collection—chosen by the artist—that will provide a dynamic interchange between the contemporary portraits and the traditional Judaica that inspired their decorative backgrounds.

A major new Jewish Museum acquisition is the impetus for the upcoming exhibition: the Museum recently acquired Wiley’s painting,
Alios Itzhak (2011), is a nine-foot tall portrait of a young Jewish Ethiopian-Israeli man surrounded by an intricate, decorative background that was inspired by a traditional Jewish papercut in The Jewish Museum’s collection.

Kehinde Wiley
The World Stage: Israel
March 09, 2012 - July 29, 2012
Jewish Museum New York


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