This skateboard deck by Kehinde Wiley is adapted from his painting Alios Itzhak (The Worldstage: Israel), 2011. This item is available exclusively from The Jewish Museum Shops!
Wiley is known for vibrant, large-scale paintings of young urban men, rendered in the self-confident, empowered poses typical of classical European portait painting. The World Stage: Israel series is based on photographs the artist took of men of diverse religions and ethnicities living in Israel. Wiley scouted his subjects in discos, malls, bars and sporting venues in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Lod. The men in this series - Ethiopian and native-born Jews and Arab Israelis - express a modern sensibility that supersedes religious and ethnic affiliations. Distinctively, he places them against vivid, ornate backgrounds inpspired by Jewish papercuts, which is an intricate from of folk and ceremonial art.
The Jewish Museum recently acquired the painting Alios Itzhak (The World Stage Israel), a nine and a half foot tall portrait of a young Ethiopian Jewish Israeli man the artist met while in Israel in 2010. The background of the painting was inspired by a ceremonial papercut in The Jewish Museum's collection.Made in the USA.
Please note that due to the size and shape of this item, it is unavailable for gift wrap.
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