Premiering tonight, September 5, 2014, on PBS, is an an intimate documentary portrait of one of this generation’s most accomplished artists – Kehinde Wiley.
Known for his vibrant, larger-than-life reinterpretations of classical portraits featuring young African American men, the New York-based visual artist has turned the practice of portraiture on its head, and in the process, has taken the art world by storm.
Wiley recently embarked on a new project – this time, a series of classical portraits of African American women, which is something he’s never done before, and, in the feature documentary, “Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace,” the artist’s process, from concept to canvas, and coming to know the women whom he selects to paint.documents the project as it unfolds, are all documented in a film produced by Show of Force.
Described by PBS as an exploration of what constitutes beauty in the 21st century, offering a tantalizing look at the intersection of art and fashion, “Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace” airs tonight, September 5 at 9pm.
Here’s a preview: