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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Artist Kehinde Wiley Appears in Toronto at the Reel Artists Film Festival


Toronto’s  Reel Artists Film Festival returns this year with an exciting selection of 19 international feature-length and short documentary films, screening February 19 to 23 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Presented by the Canadian Art Foundation, RAFF is North America’s only festival of documentaries on visual art and artists.
This year’s festival lineup features films about some of the world’s most compelling visual artists, including the world premieres of the films Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace and Richard Deacon – In Between—both with the artist subjects present and taking part in post-screening discussions.

 

Friday, 21 February, 7:00pm

New York–based artist Kehinde Wiley rose to fame creating portraits of men, starting exclusively with African Americans and following with men from China, Dakar, Lagos, Brazil, India, Sri Lanka and Israel. Now, Wiley turns to African American women in his new body of work, An Economy of Grace, while continuing his explorations of patronage and art history. In this world-premiere screening, director Jeff Dupre documents the process as Wiley finds models in passersby in New York City, contextualizing them in poses based on those typical of 18th- and 19th-century paintings, and partnering with fashion house Givenchy to create haute-couture gowns for the portraits. Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace is a captivating exploration of fashion and culture.
Here is a link to the trailer: http://vimeo.com/85952706

















Source: Canadian Art

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