For some reason these paintings make me chuckle. I guess it's just the bad-boy personas being shown in such artsy-fartsy settings.
'Down' is an exhibit by Kehinde Wiley that is showing at the New York Deith projects. These are large-scale paintings reflecting the fallen warriors, saints, and other classical mythological impressions.
Wiley gets $10,000 to $40,000 per painting, revealing the depth of my knowledge about art.
Implications - Art that parodies widely recognizable, iconic or historic works are popularly appreciated by consumers who appreciate the humor and thought that such works require. In particular, when these works feature two heavily contrasting ideals, the element of humor increases and so does its potential to go viral.
Kehinde Wiley's Classical Paintings of Hip Hop Culture
Going Like Sixty — November 15, 2008 — Pop Culture
References: kehindewiley & designboom