In an announcement made by Philbrook Museum of Art, they revealed that they have purchased a new artwork made by Kehinde Wiley, a celebrated American artist. The work has never been seen by the public before and it was placed inside the Italian Room found in the historic villa of the museum. The work was a large scale on measuring 114 by 118 inches and entitled Equestrian Portrait of King Philip IV. This is the very first artwork made by Wiley that was purchased by a museum in Oklahoma. People have different tastes when it comes to art while others prefer word art rather than images or a portrait.
According to the curator of modern and contemporary art by under Nancy E. Meinig at the Philbrook Museum, Sienna Brown, the artwork made by Wiley is located in between the past and future which resembles the current standing of Philbrook.
In October, Wiley was featured in national news because it was revealed that he was the artist chosen by Barack Obama to paint his official portrait as the former president of the United States. The portrait will be part of the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum. The public is hoping that the portrait will be ready for viewing during this year’s season of spring.
Wiley has made a name because of his large paintings that consists of young African American men in their vibrant colors. The men featured in his paintings are known to wear the latest street fashion more inclined to the hip hop trend. The portraits created by the artists are coming from the powerful figures that came to fame between the 17 and 19 century. His artworks are now considered to be interpreting the classic arts in a new perspective.
The same description can be said of the latest artwork acquired by Philbrook which was opened for public viewing last month. The painting was based on the artwork created by Diego Velazquez between 1635 and 1636. The modernization of the painting is a proof the evolution of art which is now trending among the new generation through the creation of word art which expresses things through words rather than images.