Flying Too Close to the Sun

How Kehinde Wiley honored the forgotten “father of aviation”

Kehinde Wiley based his painting Father of Aviation II on a statue honoring Alberto Santos-Dumont.

By Tim Gihring

In 2009, the painter Kehinde Wiley flies to Brazil. He’s there to make some portraits, in his signature style: painting brown-bodied men in the heroic manner of old European portraits — like Napoleon on his horse. He’s the artist selected by former President Obama for his

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From Monet to Matisse, Asian to African, ancient to contemporary, Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) is a world-renowned art museum that welcomes everyone.

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