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Art September, 12 2008

Alex Melamid “Holy Hip-Hop!” at the Forum Gallery, LA

After a successful run in Detroit, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Alex Melamid’s “Holy Hip-Hip!” rolls west to Los Angeles. His work takes 12 famed hip-hop figures and presents them in old master style. 

Doesn’t another guy do that? Yes, indeed, Kehinde Wiley is the poster boy of hip-hop portraiture. While Wiley is frequent visitor to hip-hop subject matter, Melamid’s work focuses just on this set. Still, the comparisons are bound to continue as “Holy Hip-Hop!” continues to show. While on subject, read a review of Wiley’s latest work (from the New York Times), here. An excellent, and accurate assessment.

“Holy Hip-Hop!” is on view at Forum Gallery from tomorrow. It runs to November 1. (Via Men.Style)

More of Melamid’s portraiture after the jump.

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