This spring, OKCMOA will be reopening its second-floor galleries with an exciting new presentation of its permanent collection. Headlining this reinstallation is the Museum’s latest acquisition, Kehinde Wiley’s monumental new portrait Jacob de Graeff (2018) from the artist’s Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis exhibition. Wiley’s extraordinary painting will anchor a new portrait gallery that also features works by Anthony van Dyck, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and George Bellows. A second section of portraits will explore the genre during America’s Colonial period with the Museum’s extraordinary George Washington painting and its rarely seen John Singleton Copleys all on view. Other galleries will focus on a variety of topics such as the still life, scenes of urban life, animal paintings, landscapes, seascapes, and the body and the nude. Featured artists will include Georgia O’Keeffe, Stuart Davis, William Merritt Chase, George Inness, Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin, Thomas Moran, Karen LaMonte, Alice Neel and Andy Goldsworthy.
Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977). Jacob de Graeff, 2018. Oil on canvas. Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Museum purchase with funds from the Carolyn A. Hill Collections Endowment and the Pauline Morrison Ledbetter Collections Endowment, 2018.103. Courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles California. Photo: Jean-Paul Torno, courtesy of Saint Louis Art Museum © Kehinde Wiley.