Kehinde Wiley’s Stained Glass Windows in Paris Are Ah-Mazing

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Kehinde Wiley stands in front of his painting during the Puma-Kehinde Wiley vernissage on Jan. 20, 2010, in Berlin.
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Visual artist Kehinde Wiley continues to share his incredibly rich and strikingly relevant art with the world.

Wiley’s first solo art exhibition in France will be displayed in Le Petit Palais in Paris from Oct. 20 through Jan. 15.


Afropunk notes that the exhibition is a unique set of 10 monumental works, stained glass and paintings, presented at the heart of the permanent collections of the museum. The site notes that this is ”a huge deal” because black artists rarely get this level of acclaim while they’re alive.

Last year, Wiley was named one of The Root 100 in 2015. His profile read:

If you are not acquainted with Kehinde Wiley’s luscious, baroque portraiture, you might want to catch an episode of Empire. There, Wiley’s work looms large from the walls of Lucious Lyon’s home and Lyon’s son Hakeem’s room, as well. This spring, the South Los Angeles-raised painter had his first retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum, “Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic,” a sure feat in a 15-year career. The survey featured his iconic, photo-based paintings, where “regular folk” are dropped into old master works, gazing coolly from vibrant backgrounds. At the top of the year, Wiley—known for a mean annual fish fry at Art Basel—received the U.S. State Department Medal of Arts from Secretary of State John Kerry.


Congrats, Kehinde!

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