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All Quotes by author - Kehinde Wiley
" Art in the age of the digital image is completely different from experiencing art in physical form. "
" Art is about changing what we see in our everyday lives and representing it in such a way that it gives us hope. "
" Artists are those people who sit at the intersection between the known and unknown, the rational and irrational, coming to terms with some of the confusing histories we, as artists, deal with. "
" Artists have been very good at working for the church and for the state; communicating the aspirations of a society. "
" Artists should be able to thrive and allow their ideas to flourish as much as those in biotechnology or finance. "
" As a working artist, I became increasingly aware of the patterns we see in the street and in America, becoming globalized in terms of pop culture and global and social outlook. "
" At its best, what art does is, it points to who we as human beings and what we as human beings value. And if Black Lives Matter, they deserve to be in paintings. "
" At the core, every artist, no matter what his subject matter happens to be, has to be someone doing the looking. I began to really interrogate the act of looking. "
" Being a kid with black skin in South Central Los Angeles, in a part of the world where opportunity didn't necessarily knock every day, is what gave me this sensibility and drove me to explore my fascination with art. "
" Branding says a lot about luxury and about exclusion and about the choices that manufacturers make, but I think that what society does with it after it's produced is something else. And the African-American community has always been expert at taking things and repurposing them toward their own ends. "
" By and large, most of the work that we see in the great museums throughout the world are populated with people who don't happen to look like me. "
" During 1989, my mother, who was exceedingly good at finding these free programs - you know, we were on welfare, just trying to get through - but she would find these amazing programs. She sent me to the Soviet Union at the age of 12 to go study in the forest of then-Leningrad with 50 other Soviet kids. "
" Europe has been a place of refuge. Why should it stop with black and brown bodies? "
" Fashion is fragile and fleeting. But it is also an indicator for the cultural and social appetites for a nation. "
" For years, I've been painting black men as a way to respond to the reality of the streets. I've asked black men to show up in my studio in the clothes that they want to be wearing. And often times, those clothes would be the same trappings people would see on television and find menacing. "
" Gauguin is creepy - let's just face it. He goes off into the Pacific, and he's looking at these young girls, and the colonial gaze: It's just really problematic. "
" I am interested in evolution within my thinking. I am not interested in the evolution of my paint. "
" I came from a background where access to museum culture was rarely granted, and, when you got it, people wondered what the hell you were doing there. "
" I do think that fist-waving conversations around liberation ideologies are sort of dated - I'm not creating Barbara Kruger moments of self-actualization - what I'm trying to do is create more moments of chaos where we don't really know where we are: to destabilize; where all the rules are suspended temporarily. "
" If art can be at the service of anything, it's about letting us see a state of grace for those people who rarely get to be able to be seen that way. "
" If people looked at me like I was a little different, I would maybe sit next to them, and I would draw. "
" If you look at the paintings that I love in art history, these are the paintings where great, powerful men are being celebrated on the big walls of museums throughout the world. What feels really strange is not to be able to see a reflection of myself in that world. "
" I grew up in South Central Los Angeles in the '80s, back when it just wasn't a cool scene. But my mother had the foresight to look for a number of projects that would keep us away from the streets. "
" I grew up in this weird, educationally elite but economically impoverished environment. Total 'Oprah' story. "
" I have a fondness for making paintings that go beyond just having a conversation about art for art's sake or having a conversation about art history. I actually really enjoy looking at broader popular culture. "
" I know how young black men are seen. They're boys - scared little boys, oftentimes. I was one of them. I was completely afraid of the Los Angeles Police Department. "
" I'm about looking at each of those perceived menacing black men that you see in the streets all over the place, people that you oftentimes will walk past without assuming that they have the same humanity, fears that we all do. "
" I'm like a gypsy. I've got a place in Beijing, a place in New York, a place in west Africa; I'm working on a place in Colombia. I like the fact that painting is portable - and I've wanted my entire life to be able to see the world, to respond to it, and make that my life's work. "
" In America , there's a just-add-water reality TV world in which people expect to get their Warholian 15 minutes of fame. "
" In a sense, we are all victims of the misogyny and racism that exist in the world, no matter what our gender or race happens to be. "
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