Exciting new piece added to the Philbrook Museum of Art's permanent collection
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
A new never-before-seen piece of art is now on display right here in Tulsa.
The Philbrook Museum of Art unveiled the painting Wednesday created by Kehinde Wiley.
He's one of the most important American artists working today.
The painting is a replica image of the Equestrian Portrait of Philip the Fourth, but instead of the king, it has a young black man wearing new-age fashion.
The President and Director of the Philbrook Museum of Art, Scott Stulen said Wiley takes a classic European history painting, takes people from the streets in Brooklyn, primarily African American men and women and talks about race, power, questioning how we represent those things in artwork.
"It's something that we think people are going to be drawn to, want to dig deeper in, come back and visit and for us, this is a teaching piece of work that we can teach from and also inspire," said Stulen.
An interesting fact about Wiley is that he also painted the official portrait of former President Barack Obama.