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You Better ‘Recognize’ Hip Hop Art At The Smithsonian

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For those of you who live and breathe hip hop, you are most definitely aware of the many arenas that hip hop dwells. It's not just rhyming or break dancing after all. Hip hop has served as the muse and inspiration for such artists Kehinde Wiley whose portrait of Big Daddy Kane shown above, commissioned for the 2005 VH1 Hip Hop Honors, is a study in exemplary portraiture and will be featured in the exhibit "RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture" currently being shown at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery now through October 26th. Other artists such as photographer David Scheinbaum's works will be featured, as well DC-based graffiti writers. You would do yourself a disservice if you call yourself a lover of true hip hop and didn't check it out.


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    This painting is at the smith ? Ahhh that too COOL !

  2. I love Kehinde Wiley's work. He is a tremendous talent.

  3. Please get down to see this exhibit if you are in the area/visiting. The pictures on the Smith site do it no justice. There's also other exhibits, one accompanied by a Nikki G poem. Love it!
    Now they got me all hype for the bigger exhibit coming next year I think?

  4. That's my boy.. It's funny because I remember back in the day.. when he would be in the house painting... Look at him now.. I'm PROUD!!



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