fbpx
tag Sign Up for our Newsletter
Site Logo
Don't miss to receive the art world's most entertaining newsletter - every Thursday.
Subscribe
Sign up for the newsletter and receive updates, invitations and lots of inspiration.
Become a members
Kehinde Wiley Celebrates Transgender Women from Tahiti
In memory of the work Paul Gauguin made in the region over a century ago.
Art Stuff 29 May 2019

The now-star artist who did Barack Obama’s official portrait, Kehinde Wiley’s latest show ‘Tahiti’ in Paris exhibits portraits of women, who are juxtaposed onto intricate motifs – an easily recognizable and not-so-surprising signature style of the artist. The women in the paintings, in colourful either contemporary or traditional outfits, with very feminine posture, gaze at the viewer, often imposingly. You may not think of them as transgender women unless you read the exhibition press release or until you watch the video-installation, which features the models in the paintings behind the scene, expressing their thoughts in their own voices.
Galerie_Templon Galerie_Templon
WILEY 19_vue expo templon_(c)bertrand Huet-Tutti 1
WILEY 19_vue expo templon_(c)bertrand Huet-Tutti 4 WILEY 19_vue expo templon_(c)bertrand Huet-Tutti 6
Focused on Tahiti’s Māhū community (the traditional Polynesian classification of people of a third gender, between male and female), Kehinde Wiley attempts to reference but also confront the famous works by Paul Gauguin, which also feature subjects from the transgender community, while often with historical undertones of colonialism and sexual objectification. Here we get a perspective on complicated gazing and the invention of gender – both in art history and our contemporary world.
Galerie_Templon
Galerie_Templon Galerie_Templon
 
Exhibition: ‘Tahiti – Kehinde Wiley’, until 20 July, Galerie Templon, 28 rue du Grenier Saint Lazare, 75003 Paris
 
Text by Ricko Leung
Images via Galerie Templon

You May Also Like

What We Will Not Miss About The Pre-Lockdown Art World
What We Will Not Miss About The Pre-Lockdown Art World
10 Artists Who Were Actually Besties
10 Artists Who Were Actually Besties
Art that includes Pantone’s colour of the year ‘Very Peri’
Art that includes Pantone’s colour of the year ‘Very Peri’
NFT Happy Hour
NFT Happy Hour
Innovative thinking graces the recent cover of Vogue
Innovative thinking graces the recent cover of Vogue
Mood-Boosting Quote Accounts to Follow to Bring in the New Year
Mood-Boosting Quote Accounts to Follow to Bring in the New Year
Subscribe
Sign up for the newsletter and receive updates, invitations and lots of inspiration.

LATEST JOBS

Programme Manager: African Histories and Heritage Programme, The British Museum
The British Museum - London, UK
Executive Assistant
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery - Carlisle, UK
Fine Arts & Luxury Intern
Heritage Auctions - New York, USA
Senior Director, Asian Art
Heritage Auctions - New York or Dallas, USA
ALL 135 JOBS