Kehinde Wiley: Memling | Taft Museum of Art


Kehinde Wiley: Memling

Taft Museum of Art | Cincinnati, Ohio

Organized by the Phoenix Art Museum


Exhibition Description:

Contemplate the power of the individual on display in Memling, the latest series by Kehinde Wiley, an American artist whose work is widely exhibited nationally and abroad. The exhibition features eight paintings by Wiley based on the work of Hans Memling (1430–1494), a Flemish master of the Northern Renaissance. Wiley’s paintings reinterpret Memling’s works, replacing the austere 15th-century figures with the bold, engaging subjects of men in contemporary street clothes. These small-scale, highly detailed portraits address the image and status of young men of color, raising provocative questions about identity and race in our era. A departure from Wiley’s well-known large-scale paintings, this exhibition will provide an intimate viewing experience that is perfectly suited for the Taft Museum of Art’s small Sinton Gallery space.