Kehinde Wiley, ‘Judith and Holofernes’, 2012, Painting, Oil on linen, Seattle Art Museum
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Kehinde Wiley

Judith and Holofernes, 2012

Oil on linen
120 × 90 in
304.8 × 228.6 cm
Location
Seattle, Seattle
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Courtesy of Brooklyn Museum. © Kehinde Wiley
Kehinde Wiley
American, b. 1977
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Working exclusively in portraiture, Kehinde Wiley fuses traditional formats and motifs with modern modes of representation. Selecting works from old masters like Peter Paul Rubens or Jacques-Louis David, Wiley replaces the historical figures with handsome young black men. In his related, ongoing “World Stage” series, Wiley’s heroic figures are depicted in front of colorful background patterns that make specific reference to textiles and decorative patterns of various cultures, from 19th-century Judaica paper cutouts to Martha Stewart’s interior color swatches. Wiley’s penchant for jarring juxtapositions stems from his desire to complicate notions of group identity. “How do we…go beyond the media stereotypes about national identity?” he has said. “I don't really think about myself as a young gay black American, nor do I interface with my Brazilian or Mexican or Jewish friends that way.”

Kehinde Wiley, ‘Judith and Holofernes’, 2012, Painting, Oil on linen, Seattle Art Museum
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Courtesy of Brooklyn Museum. © Kehinde Wiley
Kehinde Wiley
American, b. 1977
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Working exclusively in portraiture, Kehinde Wiley fuses traditional formats and motifs with modern modes of representation. Selecting works from old masters like Peter Paul Rubens or Jacques-Louis David, Wiley replaces the historical figures with handsome young black men. In his related, ongoing “World Stage” series, Wiley’s heroic figures are depicted in front of colorful background patterns that make specific reference to textiles and decorative patterns of various cultures, from 19th-century Judaica paper cutouts to Martha Stewart’s interior color swatches. Wiley’s penchant for jarring juxtapositions stems from his desire to complicate notions of group identity. “How do we…go beyond the media stereotypes about national identity?” he has said. “I don't really think about myself as a young gay black American, nor do I interface with my Brazilian or Mexican or Jewish friends that way.”

Kehinde Wiley

Judith and Holofernes, 2012

Oil on linen
120 × 90 in
304.8 × 228.6 cm
Location
Seattle, Seattle
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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