Eat, Pink, and Be Merry! presented by Karin Campbell, Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art
Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977), Three Girls in a Wood, 2018, oil on linen, 108 x 144 in., 2018.11, Museum purchase, gift of The Sherwood Foundation. Courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California; Photo by Jean-Paul Torno, Courtesy Saint Louis Art Museum.
Three Girls in a Wood belongs to a series Wiley created for his 2018 exhibition at Saint Louis Art Museum. The artist found his subjects for the new paintings in north St. Louis and the nearby city of Ferguson, where the police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, sparked protests in 2014. Wiley invited the selected participants to the museum, where he meticulously posed them based on works in the Saint Louis Art Museum permanent collection. This painting is inspired by a 1920 canvas by German expressionist Otto Müller (1874-1930). Three Girls in a Wood continues Wiley’s use of elaborate floral settings, however, the artist has introduced a new element: glowing light that seems to emanate from within the painting. Tinted by the vibrantly-colored backdrops, the light bathes Wiley’s subjects, bestowing them with an ethereal quality. Check back soon for lunch menu items!