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Friday, March 09, 2012

HANDPAINTED 20' x 35' WALLSCAPE PROMOTES NEW KEHINDE WILEY EXHIBITION AT THE JEWISH MUSEUM

WALLSCAPE RECREATES IMAGE OF ONE OF ARTIST'S LARGE-SCALE PAINTINGS AT HOUSTON AND MOTT STREETS

The Jewish Museum, in conjunction with the opening of its exhibition, Kehinde Wiley/The World Stage: Israel, is trying something new. Its advertising agency, Our Man In Havana (OMIH), has conceived and is overseeing a hand-painted reproduction of a Kehinde Wiley painting as a giant wallscape on the northeast corner of Houston Street and Mott Street in Manhattan. A video documenting the installation will also be created and released online to generate additional awareness for the exhibition.

The 20' x 35' wallscape is being painted over the course of this week by three artists from Overall Murals - a Brooklyn-based company whose other clients include the Whitney Museum of American Art and the New Museum. The wallscape will remain on view through May 23, 2012.

Kehinde Wiley/The World Stage: Israel will be on view at The Jewish Museum from March 9 through July 29, 2012. The exhibition features 14 large-scale paintings from the contemporary American painter Kehinde Wiley's newest series, The World Stage: Israel. The vibrant portraits of Israeli youths from diverse ethnic and religious affiliations are each embedded in a unique background influenced by Jewish ceremonial art. Also included are 11 works - papercuts and large textiles - chosen by the artist from The Jewish Museum's collection. Wiley chose to display these works of ceremonial art alongside his paintings to create a dynamic interchange between the contemporary and the traditional. All the 14 paintings on view are being displayed in New York for the first time.

One of the most significant young artists working today, Kehinde Wiley currently lives and works in Beijing, Dakar and New York.

The Jewish Museum is located at 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York City. For information, the public may call 212.423.3200 or visit the website at TheJewishMuseum.org.

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