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    Kehinde Wiley

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    Los Angeles-born artist Kehinde Wiley creates formal paintings of people of color, all street-cast, set against and within patterned backgrounds, which ultimately escape from the back into the foreground. His painting style resembles that of old masters like Titian and Ingres, but the state of his subjects (described as “heroic” by the Columbus Museum of Art), who are painted in their street clothes, retools the hierarchy of importance for a modern world. 2015 saw a retrospective of his work at the Brooklyn Museum.

    Below are Kehinde Wiley’s favorite books, available to purchase as a set or individually.

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    Chip Kidd


    Kafka on the Shore

    Haruki Murakami

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    Dev Hynes


    Coltrane on Coltrane: The John Coltrane Interviews

    edited by Chris DeVito

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    Richard Serra


    The Anxiety of Influence, A Theory of Poetry

    Harold Bloom

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    Michael Stipe


    Just Kids

    Patti Smith

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    Jenny Saville



    Elie Wiesel

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    Robert Longo


    The Painted Bird

    Jerzy Kosinski

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    Laurie Anderson


    When Things Fall Apart

    Pema Chodron

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    Donald Robertson


    Once Upon a Time

    Slim Aarons

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    Lisa Yuskavage


    Don’t Shoot the Dog

    Karen Pryor

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