PROJECT STATEMENT

The Lapis Press is pleased to announce the release of a signed, special edition print from Kehinde Wiley’s new exhibition The World Stage: Haiti. 100% of proceeds from the sale of this print will benefit a new computer laboratory at Ciné Institute, Haiti’s only film school. Wiley visited Ciné Institute in Jacmel, Haiti in early 2014 while preparing for this, the latest iteration in his The World Stage series.

As with previous installments of The World Stage, Wiley examines a nation’s socioeconomic conditions and culture through the everyday lives of its people, always in the context of the issue of advancing globalization. In the minds of most, Haiti has never sparked quick associations with tranquility or beauty, and rarely as a travel destination. Yet Kehinde Wiley found beauty in Haiti, bringing it to the forefront by creating his own beauty pageants, in the long tradition of pageant culture native to the region.

Across the Caribbean, pageants serve as mass entertainment events, allowing locals to do more than exhibit poise, talent and physical beauty; pageants are a manifestation of collective cultural values. Wiley’s pageant winners were chosen randomly rather than through a judging process. By showing the pageant contestants paintings of European masters on which the new works would be based, Wiley deepened the connection between both place and era. He draws from the art history of Spain and France, Haiti’s colonizing powers, summoning parallels across time and geography. Likewise, Haiti’s rich and varied religious traditions, as well as its traditional crafts and decorative arts, inform Wiley’s modern chronicle of life and culture.


ABOUT CINÉ INSTITUTE

Ciné Institute provides tuition-free, college training in film and television production, cinema studies, audiovisual technical training and media related micro-enterprise management. Ciné Institute is dedicated to developing Haiti’s film industry by bringing together local and international leaders in cinema and education to train and support the qualified storytellers and technicians needed to facilitate domestic and foreign production in the nation. www.cineinstitute.com

For questions regarding ORDERING the print, for more information about Ciné Institute, or to make a donation, please contact Valerie Boucard at (646) 398-7804, valerie@cineinstitute.com  For questions regarding the print or artist, please contact Roberts & Tilton at info@robertsandtilton.com

BIOGRAPHY
Kehinde Wiley was born in Los Angeles, received a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1999, and a MFA from Yale University in 2001. His paintings are in the collections of over forty museums including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, California), Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, California), Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, California), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, New York), Seattle Museum of Art (Seattle, Washington), and at the Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, New York) to name a few.

In February 2015, Kehinde Wiley will mount A New Republic, a mid career retrospective exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (Brooklyn, New York) traveling to four venues. Wiley has had solo museum exhibitions at The Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix, Arizona), the Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, Ohio) the Portland Art Museum (Portland, Oregon) The Jewish Museum (New York, New York), The Studio Museum in Harlem (New York, New York) as well as others. His work has been the subject of ten monographs to date. Wiley is currently working on multiple projects including a monumental painting for a commission with ART in Embassies for the new United States Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.




Artist's Website
kehindewiley.com