'Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace'
(DVD / NR / 2014 / PBS)
Overview: Famous for his vibrant reinterpretations of classical portraits featuring African-American men, New York-based painter Kehinde Wiley has turned the practice of portraiture on its head and in the process has taken the art world by storm. Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace follows the artist as he steps out of his comfort zone to create a series of paintings of women for the first time.
DVD Verdict: Having only ever painted men before, Wiley chose to suddenly paint women - and it created havoc within the industry! 'An Economy of Grace' was actually a very well-timed game-changer for painter Kehinde Wiley, because after making a name for himself by exclusively painting these men, 'An Economy of Grace' presents Wiley's first uber successful series of portraits featuring women.
This DVD is incredible, so delightful to watch as he goes from men to women, if you pardon the expression, and begins to create a whole new "career" for himself. For those who have not yet seen Wiley's work, you might want to spend time on his website as it will not be time badly spent, trust me.
On June 2nd, 2012 he allowed the public to "catch up" with his work, and all without paying a penny as the Brooklyn Museum; which has a good group of Wiley's earliest portraits, and the Jewish Museum, which actually also housed his "World Stage: Israel" paintings, were both free to enter into that day.
This film offers a tantalizing look at the intersection of art and fashion and an intimate portrait of one of this generation's most intriguing and accomplished visionaries. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.