Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
June 17 – September 10, 2017

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art presents Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, a retrospective of the artist’s prolific career featuring sixty paintings and sculptures. Kehinde Wiley’s work raises questions about race, gender, and the politics of representation by portraying contemporary African American men and women using the conventions of traditional European portraiture. A fully illustrated catalogue published by the Brooklyn Museum and DelMonico Books/Prestel accompanies the exhibition. Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic is organized by the Brooklyn Museum and Eugenie Tsai, the John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum. Oklahoma City will be the final stop on the tour that has included Texas, Washington, Virginia, Arizona, and Ohio. For additional information, please visit okcmoa.com

Daniel Joseph Martinez, HOME
So Different, So Appealing
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
June 11 – October 15, 2017

Roberts & Tilton is pleased announce Daniel Joseph Martinez’s participation in HOME – So Different, So Appealing: Art from the Americas since 1957 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Organized in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, HOME – So Different, So Appealing features U.S. Latino and Latin American artists from the late 1950s to the present who have used the deceptively simple idea of “home” as a powerful lens through which to view the profound socioeconomic and political transformations in the hemisphere.  Martinez will be represented by two monumental and involving sculptural installations: The House that America Built (2004/2017) and the west bank is missing, i am not dead, am i (2009/2017).  HOME – So Different, So Appealing is organized by the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and curated by Chon Noriega, Director, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, Mari Carmen Ramirez, Wortham Curator of Latin American Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Director, Vincent Price Art Museum. The exhibition is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin America and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.  For additional information, please visit lacma.org

Kehinde Wiley Receives Honorary Doctorate from RISD

Roberts & Tilton congratulates Kehinde Wiley on receiving an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017. As a descendant of a long line of classical portrait painters, Kehinde Wiley uses the visual rhetoric of the heroic, powerful, majestic and sublime in his representations of contemporary urban people of color. By applying the visual vocabulary and historic conventions of glorification, wealth and prestige to his subject matter, he paints provocative portraits rich in ambiguity. Based in New York, Wiley earned a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from Yale. His paintings are included in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Metropolitan in NYC and more than 40 other major museums. In 2015 Wiley accepted a Medal of Arts from the US Department of State. (Image: Kehinde Wiley; photo Tony Powell, courtesy of Art in Embassies, US Department of State.) For additional information, please visit risd.edu

Betye Saar: Keepin’ It at Clean
Craft & Folk Art Museum Los Angeles
May 28 – August 20, 2017

The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) presents Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean, a solo presentation of the seminal contemporary artist’s washboard assemblage sculptures, which she began in the late 1990s and continues to make to this day. Born in 1926, Saar is a prolific artist and iconic figure of the Black Arts Movement of the 1970s, whose complex assemblage sculptures address race, memory, and Black consciousness.  Curated in close collaboration with the artist, the exhibition presents twenty-four new and historic works that center the washboard as a symbol of the unresolved legacy of slavery and the subsequent oppressive systems facing Black Americans today, particularly Black women. Saar’s renewed focus on making washboard assemblages stands as an urgent act of cleansing the race- and gender-based violence that American society continues to inflict. In Saar’s own words, “the increase of police shootings and the Black Lives Matter protests are examples that America has not yet cleaned up her act.” For additional information, please visit cafam.org