It premiered on the evening of September 5 – last week Friday – on PBS, and now the intimate documentary portrait of one of this generation’s most accomplished artists – Kehinde Wiley – is now available to watch online.
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, is all documented as the project unfolds, 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, watch “Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace” below right now, if you missed its September 5 broadcast: