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LargeUp Feature: Kehinde Wiley Takes On Jamaica

Kehinde Wiley takes his classic nobility portraits to Jamaica, view his entire new exhibit.


Our Caribbean family over at LargeUp recently dove into Okayafrica favorite Kehinde Wiley's latest exhibition The World Stage: Jamaica, which launched this week at the Stephen Friedman Gallery in London. For his latest series, Kehinde took his classic nobility portraits of modern young black men to Jamaica,

"a place where moggling is a sport — [that is] perfectly suited to Wiley’s method, in which he casts for models literally on the street. The World Stage: Jamaica also differs from many of Wiley’s previous exhibitions in that it features a mixture of women and men— perhaps an acknowledgment of the assertive role females have always played in Jamaican society and public life."

>>>Read the review and see the full Kehinde Wiley exhibit over at LargeUp

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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