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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Freddo Sacaro

Freddo Sacaro

Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley’s portraits of African American men collate modern culture with the influence of Old Masters. Incorporating a range of vernaculars culled from art historical references, Wiley’s work melds a fluid concept of modern culture, ranging from French Rococo to today’s urban landscape. By collapsing history and style into a unique contemporary vision, Wiley interrogates the notion of master painter, making it at once critical and complicit.” Vividly colorful and often adorned with ornate gilded frames, Wiley’s large-scale figurative paintings, which are illuminated with a barrage of baroque or rococo decorative patterns, posit young black men, fashioned in urban attire, within the field of power reminiscent of Renaissance artists such as Tiepolo and Titian.

For “RECOGNIZE!” Wiley has included paintings from his body of work, Hip Hop Honors, depicting some of the foot soldiers of the hip hop movement. The artists chose poses—taken from Wiley’s personal art book collection—that best suited the performative and personal aspects of their character. The coalition of the anonymous subject with the allure of personality allows this body of work to engage celebrity and status directly.

Value, in all its meanings, has always played a role in culture. Unlike its precursors—classical, jazz, rock—which have since been canonized and given an art-historical time frame and construct, hip hop continues to be seen merely as entertainment; a cultural hindrance. This series of Wiley’s portraits speaks specifically to that juxtaposition and the retooling of importance and to whom and when it is deemed.

1977 Born in Los Angeles, California.
1999 BFA, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California.
2001 MFA, Yale University, School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut

Dominique Mulhem

Dominique Mulhemhere and here

Artist, Painter, Holographer ,Digital art

Dominique MULHEM is born the June 13 1952 to Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.

Studies: 1970/1973 in the Art Scool of the city of Paris, 1973/1974 with the G.R.A.G. Architectyral and Graphic Research Group to Paris, 1974/1975 in the Karl Franke studio, Meerbuch Strümp, Düsseldorf 1975 to 1979 in the National.Higher Art Scool of Paris 1979/1981 in the French Museum of Holography


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