“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 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!
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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