Kehinde Wiley: Memling

Kehinde Wiley: Memling
July 11–October 5, 2014
Sinton Gallery
This exhibition was organized by Phoenix Art Museum.

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The painting on the right by Kehinde Wiley was inspired by Hans Memling’s
Diptych of Maarten van Nieuwenhove
, pictured on the left.

The exhibition Kehinde Wiley: Memling features eight diminutive paintings. In each, Wiley places a contemporary young African American man in a setting drawn from the paintings of the 15th-century painter Hans Memling, 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.

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.

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Individual paintings sponsored by the following generous friends:
Susan and Steve Black
A Friend of the Taft Museum of Art
The Suzanne M. and Robert L. LaBoiteaux Family Foundation
Ed and Carole Rigaud
Libby and Kevin Ott
Murray Sinclaire/Ross, Sinclaire & Associates, LLC
Sara M. and Michelle Vance Waddell
Morgan Cobb
Jane and Jon Votel
The Robert S. Duncanson Society Executive Committee
Joy and Larry Glassmann
Natalie Mathis
Deborah Emont Scott and Andy Scott

Exhibition Support Generously Provided By
Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment

ArtsWave Partner
GE Aviation

Media Sponsor
CityBeat

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Above:

Hans Memling, Diptych of Maarten van Nieuwenhove (detail), 1487, oil on panel. Hospitaalmuseum Sint-Janshospitaal, Municipal Museums, Bruges, Belgium. ©Musea Brugge

Kehinde Wiley, After Memling’s Portrait of Maarten van Nieuwenhove, 2013, oil on wood panel. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Museum purchase with funds provided by donors to the Museum. ©Photograph by Max Yawney, courtesy of the Artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California

Additional images:

Kehinde Wiley, After Memling’s Portrait of Tommaso di Folco Portinari, 2013, oil on wood panel. Private collection, West Palm Beach, Florida. ©Photograph by Max Yawney, courtesy of the Artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California

Kehinde Wiley, After Memling’s Portrait of Jacob Obrecht, 2013, oil on wood panel. Collection of Monica and Richard Segal. ©Photograph by Max Yawney, courtesy of the Artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California

Kehinde Wiley, After Memling’s Portrait of Saint Benedict, 2013, oil on wood panel. Private Collection. ©Photograph by Max Yawney, courtesy of the Artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California

Kehinde Wiley, After Memling’s Portrait of a Man with a Letter, 2013, oil on wood panel. Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Marion Stratton Gould Fund. ©Photograph by Max Yawney, courtesy of the Artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California

Kehinde Wiley, After Memling’s Portrait of a Young Man, 2013, oil on wood panel. Private collection. © Photograph by Max Yawney, courtesy of the Artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California

Kehinde Wiley, After Memling’s Portrait of a Man with a Coin of the Emperor Nero, 2013, oil on wood panel. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Museum purchase with funds provided by donors to the Museum. ©Photograph by Max Yawney, courtesy of the Artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California

Kehinde Wiley, After Memling’s Portrait of a Man in a Red Hat, 2013, oil on wood panel. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Museum purchase with funds provided by donors to the Museum. ©Photograph by Max Yawney, courtesy of the Artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California