KEHINDE WILEY OPENING DRAWS THRONGS TO SEAN KELLY GALLERY
An exuberant Kehinde Wiley and friend.
Kehinde Wiley, Dacia Carter, 2012.
Ena Johnson stands next to the portrait she inspired by Wiley: Mary Little, Later, Lady Carr, 2012.
Kehinde Wiley, Kancou Diaovno, 2012.
Sean Kelly Gallery was filled to the rafters on the evening of its opening for Kehinde Wiley’s latest exhibition: An Economy of Grace. This landmark exhibition shows portraits painted by Wiley of women he selected by scouring and scouting the streets of New York City. They are depicted in classical poses, in garb designed by Ricardo Tisci of Givenchy in collaboration with Wiley.
As an endless array of people crowded around Kehinde Wiley, he tirelessly spoke with each and every one of them, and patiently answered all questions posed to him. His energy electrified the room.