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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