by Gayatri Sinha (Contributor), Paul Miller
Kehinde Wiley's acclaimed World Stages eries inserts into the language of old master portraiture the very ethnicities and ethnic iconography that western art has most excluded from it, or that western art has portrayed solely in colonial, Orientalist terms. Among the countries he has previously depicted in this ambitious traveling epic are Brazil, Africa and China. The rhetoric of Wiley's paintings is powerful in its candor, color and its playfulness with constructions of visual meaning, and as Paul Miller (DJ Spooky) also notes, "Wiley's canvas surfaces are a mirror reflection of America's unceasing search for new meanings from the ruins of the Old World of Europe and Africa." This volume includes a selection of new World Stage portraits, focusing on India (specifically the cities of New Delhi and Mumbai) and Sri Lanka. Text in English and Hindi.