Segments in this Video

Economy of Grace Series (02:26)


Kehinde Wiley discusses political aspects of his work and outlines his project to paint African-American women in classical poses. (Credits)

"Exotic" Subject Matter (01:05)

Wiley works on a portrait and discusses media portrayals of African-Americans.

Creative Process (01:40)

Wiley finds models for his portraits on the streets in cities around the world. He takes their photo and selects a background on which to paint them.

Artistic Reputation (01:01)

A talented painter, Wiley exploded on the New York art scene with his new approach to portraiture. He greets people on the street.

Pushing Artistic Comfort Zone (04:26)

WIley expresses anxiety about his new project: painting women. He pitches his ideas to potential participants in Harlem.

Re-imagining Masterworks (03:03)

Wiley visits the Louvre to research portrait material. In the past, sitters have chosen their own outfits. In his new project, he'll use high fashion to follow a classical narrative of beauty.

Classical Dress Designs (02:06)

Referencing historical portraits, Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci will create couture gowns for Wiley's sitters. They discuss materials.

Portrait Sitters (03:39)

Models discuss why they agreed to participate in Wiley's project.

World Stage Portrait Project (02:02)

Project models visit Wiley's exhibition. He discusses why he paints African-American men.

Artistic Beginnings (02:21)

Wiley took drawing classes and developed his talent growing up in Los Angeles. He discusses African-American masculinity with his barber.

Fashion Sense (02:56)

Wiley is fitted by a tailor; his models are fitted by Givenchy employees. They discuss the opportunity of having a couture gown made for them.

Mask of Power (01:29)

Wiley draws inspiration from 1980s drag "battles" where African-American men dressed as Vogue models.

Portrait Shoot (07:13)

Wiley's models are transformed by hairstyles, makeup, and Givenchy gowns. He discusses how the photography process changes their self-awareness.

Beijing Studio (04:21)

Wiley selects backgrounds for his portraits. He travels to his second home in China to paint them, supported by a local detail team.

Painting Process (02:26)

Wiley barbecues for his Beijing team as the exhibition deadline approaches. He discusses the patience required to finish a work.

Exhibition Set Up (03:49)

Wiley's assistants ship canvasses from his Beijing studio to New York. View the hanging process.

Economy of Grace Exhibition (03:29)

Wiley's models view their portraits for the first time.

Public Reception (02:36)

Collectors and models discuss their reactions to Wiley's Economy of Grace exhibition. His classical portraits of African-American women confirm their beauty and power.

Credits: Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace (01:02)

Credits: Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace

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Known 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. This film follows the artist as he embarks on an exciting new project: a series of classical portraits of African-American women—something he’s never done before. The film documents the project as it unfolds, tracking Wiley’s process from concept to canvas, casting his models on the streets of New York and enlisting Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy to create couture gowns for each woman. The 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.

Length: 54 minutes

Item#: BVL60751

Copyright date: ©2014

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