[Recap] Reel Artists Film Festival 2014 – Opening Night ft. Kehinde Wiley

[Recap] Reel Artists Film Festival 2014 – Opening Night ft. Kehinde Wiley

“I am painting women in order to come to terms with the depictions of gender within the context of art history. One has to broaden the conversation.”

- Kehinde Wiley

On Thursday (Feb 19), Chris and I attended the Reel Artists Film Festival opening night which was held at TIFF Lightbox! The festival returns again for it’s 11th year bringing an exciting selection of 19 international feature-length and short documentary films screening from February 19 – 23, 2014. Check out the festival lineup below! Last night we had the opportunity to watch the world premiere of Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace and had the privilege of hearing Wiley discuss his work with the film makers. Our verdict? We left inspired and eager to see some of the other films that will be screening later in the weekend!

Who Is Kehinde Wiley?

Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley is an American painter who is renowned for his vibrant reinterpretations of historical portraits featuring African American men. In An Economy of Grace, Wiley uses female subjects for the first time. Joining forces with the fashion house Givenchy creative director, Riccardo Tisci, they create haute couture gowns for each of the models, cast from the streets of New York City!

Kehinde Wiley and Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy

Kehinde Wiley and Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy design the dresses for An Economy of Grace
© Show of Force

Kehinde Painting in Beijing Studio

Kehinde Painting in Beijing Studio
© Show of Force
Photo by William Peña

KEHINDE WILEY Judith and Holofernes, 2012

KEHINDE WILEY
Judith and Holofernes, 2012
oil on linen
framed: 130 1/2 x 99 7/8 inches
©Kehinde Wiley, Courtesy Sean Kelly, New York
Photo by Jason Wyche

RAFF14 Festival Lineup

Friday, February 21, 2014

7:00 PM — Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace

7:00 PM — Rashid Johnson Makes Things to Put Things On

9:00 PM — Richarn Deacon – In Between

Saturday, February 22, 2014 

1:00 PM — When Attitudes Become Form: Bern 1969/Venice 2013

1:00 PM — Quand les attitudes deviennent formes

3:15 PM — Levitated Mass

5:30 PM — Michael Landy: Saints Alive

5:30 PM — Art Bin

7:30 PM — Artists on the Underground

7:30 PM — Who Is Community? [Interview with Bob and Roberta Smith and Tim Newton]

7:30 PM — White City [Interview with Anna Barham]

9:30 PM — Chimeras

Sunday, February 23, 2014 

12:15 PM — Breathing Earth

2:30 PM — Fifi Howls From Happiness

5:00 PM — BackBone: Vancouver Experimental Cinema

 

About the Reel Artists Film Festival

Presented by the Canadian Art Foundation, RAFF is North America’s only festival devoted to documentary films about visual art and artists. The films showcase international feature-length and short documentaries that address challenges and questions raised by artists. Many screenings are followed by interviews and panel conversations which are always the exciting part of the Reel Artists Film Festival programming.

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