Chicago art dealer Richard Gray, long a cornerstone of the city’s arts scene, has passed away at the age of 89. Gray cultivated and supported a range of artists over the course of his life and work, including Alex Katz, Theaster Gates, and David Hockney. “The reality is, sooner or later—but not so much later—it’s all going to be all over for me, and I accept that. I know it,” Gray said in 2007. “It doesn’t change one iota my ability to continue, every day, to be active and involved and committed, to gain from everything around me, what people are doing—artists, musicians, family.”
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New York, NY
Deitch Projects, New York
Yale MFA, New Haven, CT;
Residency at Studio Museum, Harlem, NY
Wiley, a contemporary portrait-painter, often captures representations of young, urban, black men. His style has been depicted as realistic while reverent to old masters of painting.
His portraits are based on photographs taken of subjects who he sees on the street and subsequently asks to pose in Renaissance positions. Beginning with young men from Harlem’s 125th Street, his subjects now include those from South Central Los Angeles, where he was born.
He has exhibited at New York’s Deitch Projects, Chicago’s Rhona Hoffman Gallery and Roberts and Tilton in Los Angeles. His work is included in the collections of the Denver Art Museum, The Columbus Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, the Kansas City Museum, The Oak Park Public Library, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Walker Art Center and the Virginia Museum of Fine Art.