Friday, I went to the Sean Kelly Gallery in Cheslea to see Kehinde Wiley’s latest exhibit, “An Economy of Grace”. This is the first exhibit where women are featured. I loved the exhibit! It runs until June 16th. The models for the paintings were cast on the streets of New York City.
Their poses are based on historical portraits of society women by Jacques-Louis David, Thomas Gainsborough and John Singer Sargent, among others. Instead of representing the models in their own clothes, as is the case with his portraits of men, Wiley has collaborated with Riccardo Tisci, Creative Director of the famed French couture house Givenchy, to design long dresses for the women.
If you go, walk the Highline to get there and after checking out the art, you should stop by GastroMarket, a new place on 10th avenue with a lovely backyard.