Paintings by Kehinde Wiley exhibited for the first time in New York at the Jewish Museum

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NEW YORK, NY.- The Jewish Museum will present Kehinde Wiley/The World Stage: Israel, from March 9 through July 29, 2012. A new acquisition by the contemporary American artist Kehinde Wiley (born 1977, Los Angeles) served as impetus for the exhibition. The painting, Alios Itzhak (2011), is a nine-foot tall portrait of a young Jewish Ethiopian-Israeli man surrounded by an intricate decorative background inspired by a traditional Jewish papercut in the Museum’s collection. This work was acquired in honor of The Jewish Museum’s recently retired director Joan Rosenbaum. The exhibition features 14 large-scale paintings from Kehinde Wiley’s new World Stage: Israel series. The vibrant portraits of Israeli youths from diverse ethnic and religious affiliations are each embedded in a unique background influenced by Jewish ritual art. Also included are 10 works of Jewish ceremonial papercuts and large textiles chosen by the artist fr