Being greeted with a glass of red wine, and surrounded by beautiful people is not a bad way to spend a Wednesday evening. The sights and sounds of great artistry filled the room, and talks of contemporary art dominate the room, but of course, what else would the people be speaking of. This after all was one of the biggest nights for Canadian Artists.
The Reel Artists Film Festival was held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox this year, and it’s opening night was grand success with the premiere of the film ‘An Economy Of Grace‘ by Kehinde Wiley. The film showed Kehinde on the streets of New York, taking everyday African-American women and using them as models for his latest project, life size portraits.
Wiley dressed the women up, each in a one of a kind Givenchy gown, and painted them one by one. The portraits were later featured in a museum for them women and public to view the beautiful master pieces. A Q and A was followed after the film, in which Wiley answered any questions viewers had. I also had the pleasure of catching up with the artist after the film and chat with him about the success of his first movie.
The evenings gourmet appetizers were provided by Oliver and Bonacini, who had an excellent mix of sliders burgers, pasta dishes, and Thai spring rolls. This is one of best experiences I’ve ever had at the movies.