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Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace

Famous for his vibrant reinterpretations of classical portraits featuring African-American men, New York-based painter Kehinde Wiley has turned the practice of portraiture on its head and in the process has taken the art world by storm.

Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace follows the artist as he steps out of his comfort zone to create a series of paintings of women for the first time. Kehinde casts his models on the streets of New York and then enlists Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy to create couture gowns for each woman. The film traces the artist's process from concept to canvas as he reveals to us a new look at beauty in the 21st century.

38 min/NY
Director: Jeff Dupre
Producer: Jeff Dupre, Jessica Chermayeff, Ana Veselic
Cast: Kehinde Wiley, Riccardo Tisci, Sean Kelly, Treisha Lowe, Ena Johnson, Cali Asante, Dacia Carter, Shantavia Beale, Chanel Stevens, Isolde Brielmaier