When artist Kehinde Wiley studied works hanging on the walls of the world's museums, he rarely saw a reflection of himself in those masterpieces. So the New York-based painter set out to create a new paradigm: Men and women of color in street dress painted in classical style, often echoing masterworks.
"His work has a broad appeal, to high art culture mavens as well as to people who don't know anything about art but [who] are taken by his references to hip hop and to street culture," said Eugenie Tsai of the Brooklyn Museum, curator of a recent exhibit of Wiley's work. That show, "A New Republic," is at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, in Texas, through January 10, 2016.
Pictured: "Shantavia Beale II" (2012) by Kehinde Wiley. Oil on canvas. Collection of Ana and Lenny Gravier.
By CBSNews.com senior producer David Morgan