Kehinde Wiley, ‘Tomb of Pope Alexander VII Study I’, 2016, The Lapis Press
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Kehinde Wiley

Tomb of Pope Alexander VII Study I, 2016

Hand embellished pigment print on paper
27 × 20 × 1 3/4 in
68.6 × 50.8 × 4.4 cm
.
$12,500
Location
Los Angeles
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The Lapis Press
Los Angeles

Presented in a hand-crafted frame designed by the artist

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Signed, dated and numbered in pencil on recto
Publisher
The Lapis Press
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Courtesy of the artist and The Lapis Press
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, ‘Tomb of Pope Alexander VII Study I’, 2016, The Lapis Press
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About the work
Provenance
The Lapis Press
Los Angeles

Presented in a hand-crafted frame designed by the artist

Medium
Signature
Signed, dated and numbered in pencil on recto
Publisher
The Lapis Press
Image rights
Courtesy of the artist and The Lapis Press
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

Tomb of Pope Alexander VII Study I, 2016

Hand embellished pigment print on paper
27 × 20 × 1 3/4 in
68.6 × 50.8 × 4.4 cm
.
$12,500
Location
Los Angeles
Have a question? Visit our help center.
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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